The Royal Duchy - 1998
Not your usual modern image, but still a good one.
A roundup of some of the local rail happening over the past week
As you know I have spent the last few years tracking down photographs of 4566 (during her pre-preservation life) and this is one I have acquired as I thought it summed up what working on a branch line was all about. The Driver drinking tea whilst passing the time of day with station staff before setting off with the next train for St. Ives
You will note that the engine featured is in actual fact 4571 however, the engine shunting in the background is 4566, hence my interest.
The photograph is another taken by the late Peter Gray (copyright Transport Treasury) and is dated 6/2/1960, a few months before 4566 went to Newton Abbot for a light casual repair (being the last locomotive overhauled in the works prior to closure to steam)
As with previous submissions I have forwarded to the Cornwall Railway Society could I ask if any of your members might be able to put names to the three men in the photograph.
Best Wishes, David Cook (4566 Group)