I went out to film/photo the units heading into Exeter, but was held up by a refuse collection lorry. I managed to get to Arena Park to catch the return working. The inward service was terminated at Exeter (Central). Whilst the occasional 158 reaches Exeter along with a Class 159 it is not common to see a pair of 158's, both in the former South West Trains Livery in Exeter these days.
After testing and running in, the West Country class locomotive is hauling trains between Norden, Corfe Castle and Swanage.
The locomotive was based at Bournemouth when the locomotive was in service with British Railways in the 1950s and 60s and hauled trains on the London to Weymouth line.
Cogload Junction 85
The above courtesy Wikipedia. For further reading please see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cogload_Junction
I paid a visit to Rail Live last week (22nd & 23rd June) at Long Marston and on display were a couple of ex-motor rail wagons, 96603 Oliver & 96605 Ernest. They have been converted into Universal Barrier Vehicles (UBV) by Meridian Generic Rail Ltd. These wagons are used to move rolling stock from one place to another in a top & tail formation along with a locomotive. The wagon have a number of unique features that make them standout from others: 1) is that the couplings can be adapted to virtually any rolling stock, with the use of interchangeable coupler heads, examples are Dellner Type 10 & 12, Scharfenberg Type 10 & 136, Tightlock and Wedgelock. 2) Is that they are also height adjustable in that the couplers can be raised from 670mm to 1070mm above rail head. 3) They are also fitted with Brake Interface Units (BIU), that will allow the hauling locomotive to apply the brakes though the whole train, eliminating the need for extra brakeforce wagons. They can also each carry a payload of 6 tons, for spare parts and tools.
Many thanks Mick for your contributions. N.B. Long Marston is about 35 miles NNW of Oxford.