The Cross Country HST Farewell Tour that ran on Tuesday from Leeds to Swanage was a public one and was fully booked very soon after tickets became available. I managed to join the "fill in" trip from Swanage to Bournemouth and back. A photo stop was made at Wareham. Coasters, programmes, pin badges and tickets were handed out as souvenirs.
Here is a selection of my photos. Also spotted at Swanage was a very pretty freshly painted Adams 563 T3 Class.
Bristol Temple Meads
Following the end of regular booked HST use by Cross Country, as covered recently on the CRS site, on Tuesday 26th a charity special was run ('The Pines Express') from Leeds to Swanage and back, with a fill-in return trip from Swanage to Bournemouth added for good measure. The main tour was fully booked, the outward leg ran from Reading via Basingstoke and Winchester to Southampton with the return after Southampton via Chandlers Ford, the Laverstock loop and Andover.
A spin-off from this was the return of the empty HST set from Leeds Neville Hill depot to Laira this morning (27th). 5Z43 0606 Neville Hill - Laira made good time and was some 20 minutes early at Bristol Temple Meads where it paused for just 3 minutes (1043-46) before setting off westwards, possibly for the last time? I barely had time to walk from the end of P9 to the far end of P10 before the signal cleared and 5Z43 was on its way. A planned staff special from Plymouth to Blackpool that was due to run on Friday 29th has reportedly been cancelled.
David Tozer at Exminster
Exeter St Davids
I am writing from the Railway Studies Collection to share our upcoming event.
The Railway Studies Collection, part of Newton Abbot Library, is believed to be the second largest collection of railway materials in the country, after York's National Railway Museum. All aspects of Britain's Railways are covered by the Collection, with material of interest to railway and social historians, writer's, modellers, researchers and those with a more general interest. As well as a vast array of railway books, the Collection holds thousands of photographs, and many original blueprint documents, track plans, maps, and timetables.
On Saturday 9th December, Newton Abbot Library will be holding its second ever Railway Studies and Modellers Show. Our first show back in 2021 saw over 700 people gather together to celebrate their hobby and passion for railways, raising hundreds of pounds for our charity, Libraries Unlimited.
We will have layouts in a variety of gauges, as well as trading stands, a photograph exhibition, rare and old books from the archives of the Railway Studies Collection, activities for families, and more.
We will also be holding two talks:
'Not Just Trains', 11am, presented by Graham Walker, Secretary of the Friends of the Railway Studies Collection
'From Railways to Royalty', 2pm, presented by Jack Boskett, Professional Railway Photographer
Please see the attached posters for full details. We would really appreciate it if you are able to share the Railway Studies and Modellers Show 2023 to your community. We also hope you'll come along yourselves for a great day out in Newton Abbot.
Many thanks, Emma, Railway Studies CollectionPassmore Edwards Centre, Market Street.
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