David Tozer & Roger Salter
66790 and 66752 top and tail the 1843 3Q98 Exeter (Riverside N.Y) to Exeter Riverside (N.Y.) via Plymouth.
A couple of photos taken at Pinhoe this evening(16 May) of the 1631 2L92 Barnstaple to Axminster with unit 158951. This was the first day of the new operation.
When was the last time a through service ran from Barnstaple to Axminster.
Exeter St Davids
Regards Clive Smith
A query from
Thank you very much for the brilliant photographs by Mike Roach of the Kingsbridge branch
I am interested in photographs of Gara Bridge Station and I have found a few but they all lack people I mean more than one that is. I just love the setting on Gara Bridge station, I have a layout plan of the station at
Gara Bridge but are there any plans of the station buildings or the station masters house.
Do we have an details of the station masters at Gara Bridge and the people who manned the signal box.
I just want to do some future research on the building in particular and the people who ran the line
If you can help that would be great.
Kind regards, Michael Robinson Chartered Surveyor
Steam to Diesel
Sadly I wasn't a member of any railway societies at the time but, apart from the few enthusiast specials culminating in the final run on 3rd May 1964, I don't recall anything in the West Briton. Maybe BR wanted to keep it as quiet as possible to avoid any union backlash. Does anyone have any contemporary press cuttings?
CRS Steam to Diesel transition 1958-68 (1)
Secondly, for Features no 2223 I've listed all the WR Steam Shed closures. I've also included all the sub-sheds within the West of England. You will note that the end of steam broadly moved from west to east and then north, with the transition largely completed within the five-year period from 1961 to 1966. Note also that around this time there was some regional reorganisation with sheds being renumbered, or temporarily closed for conversion to diesel and reopening with a different designation, while in the Midlands WR allocations were combined with or displaced by LMR sheds.
WR Sheds - dates of closure to steam
Caution is required, eg Laira is quoted elsewhere as allocation withdrawn Oct 63 and officially closed Oct 64. Even though a shed may have had no steam allocated, locos from other sheds may have visited for servicing. Other sites quote the official closure of Laira as 13th Jun 65 when the access lines were disconnected.
Newton Abbot Division
PZ - 83G - 10th Sep 62.
St Ives - Sep 61, last steam 10th Aug 62, SB cl 7th Sep 63, Electric Token introduced 28th Jun 56, Viaduct rebuilt Apr 1955.
Helston - Dec 61?
TR - 83F - Mar 62.
SBZ - 83E - 28th Apr 62.
Bodmin - Apr 62.
Moorswater - Sep 61, last steam to Looe 9th Sep 61.
LA - 83D - 84A - Apr 64?
Launceston - Dec 62.
NA - 83A - 1st Apr 62.
Kingsbridge - Sep 61.
EXE - 83C - Oct 63.
Tiverton Jn - Oct 64.
TN - 83B - Oct 64.
Bridgwater - Jul 60.
WEY - 82F - 71G - 70G - 9th Jul 67 (WR section closed around mid-63).
Bridport - Sep 66?
YEO - 72C - 83E - Jun 65.
YEO - 82E - 71H - 5th Jan 1959.
WES - 82D - 83C - Sep 65.
SPM - 82B - 13th Jun 1964.
BRD - 82A - 12th Sep 1960.
SDN - 82C - Oct 64.
OXF - 81F - 3rd Jan 66.
DID - 81E - Jun 65.
RDG - 81D - 4th Jan 65.
SLO - 81B - 1st Jun 64.
SHL - 81C - 3rd Jan 66.
PDN - 81A - 22nd Mar 65.
GLO - 85B - 1st Jan 66.
HFD - 85C - 86C - 2nd Nov 64.
WOS - 85A - Dec 65.
KDR - 85D - 84G - 2P - Aug 64.
BAN - 84C - 2D - 3rd Oct 66.
LMTN - 84D - 2L - 14th Jun 65.
TYS - 84E - 2A - 7th Nov 66.
STB - 84F - 2C - 11th Jul 66.
SRD - 84A - 9th Sep 63.
OXY - 84B - 2B - Mar 67 (WR allocation w/d c65).
WLN - 84H - 2M - 10th Aug 64.
SALOP - 84G - 89A - 6D - 6th Nov 67 (WR allocation w/d c66).
CNYD - 84J - 89B - 6C - 5th Jun 67 (WR allocation w/d c66).
CHR - 84K - 6E - 10th Apr 60.
BHD - 6C - 8H - 6th Nov 67 (WR allocation w/d c60).
BCN - 89B - 88K - 31st Dec 62.
MCH - 89C - 6F - 5th Dec 66.
OSW - 89A - 89D - 6E - 18th Jan 65.