Congratulations Ken and thank you. Another very interesting collection.
A couple of NSE Class 50s at Dawlish Warren.
The former signal box on the down platform was freely accessible and a good vantage point to photograph from, until its dismantling in 1990.
50017 Royal Oak can be seen heading up country, while 50027 Lion heads west with a morning stopping service formed mainly of first class mark 2f coaches
Kind Regards, Martin Baker
'April Fools Day'
Final word. When visiting the depot in the 70s and 80s it was customary to go into the messroom or office and ask the foreman or whoever happened to be around if it was OK to walk round the sidings. The most common response was ''OK, make sure you come back here before you leave but if anyone asks then I haven't seen you!'' I think this was pretty much a standard reply at most depots that allowed these 'unofficial' visits to take place.
Here I photographed the 1256 St David's to Salisbury with 159021 and yet again the GWR route refresher this time with 150219 leading 150221 heading back to Exeter with the 1132 from Castle Cary. Even had a friendly toot from the driver.
Alan writes -
I Took the dog for a walk along the River Fowey and around Respryn Woods which was nicely timed to see the 15:55 Plymouth to Penzance 2C31 service formed of an unidentified castle set, the train is seen at Respryn Bridge after leaving Bodmin Parkway, note the new green palisade fencing that has recently been erected at this location.