On the Plymouth Explorer
Following work today, I headed to Plymouth to catch the Vintage Trains 'Plymouth Explorer' with D400/50050 'Fearless' with two tone green 47773 supporting, another dull old day alas. 4 shots for CRS
All the Best
Michael L Roach
So what went wrong that day 60 years ago. The 7.45am train should have been 15 minutes in front of the 10.05am at Torquay but had itself broken down at Taunton where the diesel locomotive was taken off and 4932 substituted. Such breakdowns were a frequent occurrence in those days when many steam drivers were having to learn new techniques of driving. In theory the Hall was overloaded for the route with 13 coaches but the driver agreed to it. At Torquay the 7.45am was given the signal to proceed out of the station as far as the down advanced starting signal which was probably unwise with the Hall overloaded and a steep gradient in front of it. The driver of 4932 made a strong start from Torquay, missed the advanced starting signal, and then set off the detonators in time to see the other train ahead of him. The driver of 4932 made an emergency brake application but could not avoid a collision which took place at about 10 mph. The formal accident report attributes the primary cause of the collision to “driver error” but also criticised the signalling layout.
There were a total of 7 timetabled trains from Paddington to Kingswear that Saturday in August 1962 with a further 4 from Paddington terminating at Paignton, making a total of 11 trains; plus many more trains from the Midlands and the North. Express trains continue to run as far as Paignton Station 7 miles short of Kingswear, with 3 timetabled from Paddington on Saturdays in the summer of 2022 when services are running normally. Saturday 20 August 2022 was the sixth day of a series of one-day strikes by some railwaymen and no trains were scheduled to run west of Exeter that day.
MLR / 18 August 2022
Wick and Creech
This was closely followed by 6C28 stone empties from Riverside Yd to Whatley Quarry, headed by 59002.
Then over to Creech for the Plymouth to Dorridge tour t/t by 50050 and D1755 ( 47773)
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