Hi Roger, this masked man was a regular on rail excursions . He was on the P Z fryer hauled by 40122 and is pictured with my mother at Penzance on the 9th November 1985. Did you ever spot him?
D600 Warships in South Wales
Further to Peter Murnaghan's item (See News 16th November 23) including his letter from friend Andy Oxley regarding the D600 Warships, I can confirm that D601/2/4 did indeed make the temporary and ultimately unsuccessful move to South Wales, being allocated to Landore (Swansea) between August and November 1967. Photos of them there are rare but do exist, although they only seem to feature the blue one, D602, on shed at Margam in August and two views working a freight on the Central Wales line at Llandrindod Wells in September. I'm surprised that their novelty value in that location hasn't produced more photos but many photographers were away chasing steam traction in its final year, this being one of many modern traction events not well recorded as a result. D602 towing D601 were photographed passing Bristol Bath Road depot on 24th November, "heading back to Laira and withdrawal" although they were returned to use on passenger and freight turns in Cornwall before their final demise on 30th December.
While these three were away D600 and D603 continued to work off Laira as before; however for the same months D601/2/4 were in South Wales Laira gained two Hymeks, D7029 from Bristol Bath Road (82A) and D7088 from Old Oak Common (81A), I assume to help 'plug the gap' while giving Laira crews some refresher training on the type. The depot must have regarded them quite highly as they were frequently rostered for the 'CRE' through Cornwall during their autumn in the South West.
As Andy correctly states, following withdrawal D602/3/4 were towed to Cashmore's at Newport, who despatched all three by the end of October 1968; D600/1 went to Woodham's at Barry, who were not so quick off the mark - D600 lasted until March 1970, and of course D601's survival for more than a decade beyond this is now legendary!