As previously advised I undertook some further research into the dates of level crossing conversions. These are taken from the K2 Weekly Engineering Notices. So far I have 'dug out' those for Eggesford.
New Eggesford Signalbox commissioned Sunday 28/09/1969
Existing level crossing gates recovered Sunday 23/11/1969
New four half barriers commissioned Sunday 30/11/1969.
Unfortunately there is no mention of the new signalbox working the existing gates between 28/09/1969 and 23/11/1969, so its possible they were not connected to the new signalbox and were worked by hand 'on the ground' during that time.
I will continue to search out more accurate dates for the other level crossings.
Retired S&T Engineer
A few more for whenever appropriate. Nice to see Alan Peters' working shots at Okehampton. I wonder if these sleepers are replacing the new wooden ones piled in the Quarry Yard in my earlier 2007 pics. (See news of 23rd January 2021) If you reckon a treated fence post might last 15-20 years, that would be about right.
All the best. Brian
I have attached one of those photographs which I pondered sending, but it has some historical relevance.
In the days of film and exposure meters and relatively slow ASA, it was a miracle that I managed this shot, even in Sept 1970. [if only digital photography had been invented]
It was always a thrill descending Hemerden Bank, which is the forth steepest mainline bank in the UK, with a ruling gradient of 1 in 42. On some days depending on the driver it felt like dropping in a lift!
The brakes were firmly applied adjacent Laira which certainly made for a lively ride in the mk 1 carriages of the day.
The Warship in crimson livery only had months before withdrawal and we didn’t know it at the time but much of the Victorian infrastructure by 1980 had also disappeared.
Very best wishes Andrew and Diane.
Andrew & Diane.
46045 was the third from the last 46 to be withdrawn its last run being on 24-11-84 on the 07.50 Bristol -Penzance when it failed at Taunton. Happily now in preservation with the Peak Locomotive Company.
Kind regards, Clive Smith,
Many thanks Clive.
Bristol to Heathfield