David Tozer & Dennis Clark
Devon Timber Trains +
Timber trains returned to Devon in the form of a trial from Hackney Yard to Abergavenny, Colas Rail timber trains known as 'The Logs' previously ran from Teigngrace where the wagons were loaded for Kronospan at Chirk. Colas Rail 70803 is seen at Hackney Yard with 8 wagons being loaded for Pontrilas Timber on 17th January 2022. The train will work 6Z61 from Hackney Yard to Abergavenny the following day for unloading, if successful timber trains will once more become a common sight along the Dawlish Sea Wall.
Driver Alan Peters
(Apologies! Delayed in our postal system)
by David Hunt
David provides a paper with a record of Jubilee appearances in Devon. This record is complimented with photographs kindly supplied by Geoff London of Jubilee 45960 at Starcross and also a rare view at Cockwood showing a third access point to the harbour which was subsequently been filled in.
Once again outside the area of Cornwall BUT the question was asked when a Jubilee went to Plymouth in 2021 as to whether one had even been to Devon before. My research is as follows.
Jubilee 45660 ROOKE is the first that I can locate which worked the Bristol Pylle Hill to Plymouth parcels as far as Exeter St Davids on 15 September 1962, where it was turned and sent light engine back to Bristol Barrow Road (LMS) depot.
The second recorded visit happened exactly 1 year later on 15 September 1963 when 45690 LEANDER worked a freight to Newton Abbot Hackney Yard and then proceeded light engine to Goodrington Sidings to turn and, one again, returned light engine to Bristol Barrow Road.
This was during the period when the GWR passenger shed at Bristol Bath Road had gone over to Diesel and the GWR shed at Bristol St Phillips Marsh was being prepared for Diesel Multiple Unit servicing and all of the remaining steam locomotives still at those 2 depots were transferred to Bristol Barton Road depot which was to see out the remainder of its days as a Steam Shed.
The congregation of all the steam locomotives at Bristol Barrow Road depot, together with the transfer of the Somerset and Dorset line to the Western Region, meant that the train crews had to learn other routes and the locomotives became used as a pool and were sent into areas in which that type of locomotive had previously never visited.
By king permission of Geoff Lendon I enclose 5 images taken from slides of 45690 on the Cockwood and Starcross area.