Great to see some more of Hugh Austen's wonderful slides dated Monday 28th June 1976 depicting 'Western' activity in the West Country during 1976. In Hugh's first picture featuring D1053 the remains of an experimental straight-line windscreen wiper system fitted to the centre bar between the windscreens can be seen. This modification was applied to both ends in November 1967 at Swindon Works but later deemed unsuccessful. Four sister locos, D1020, 1023, 1058 and 1072 received the same work but not all retained the bracket after the wiper was removed.
The second shot shows D1028 arriving at St Erth with a down passenger service. According to the 1976-7 passenger timetable afternoon 'down' services calling were 1342 (1B03 0730 PAD-PNZ); 1508 (1B25 0930 PAD-PNZ); 1621 (0700 Bradford Exchange / 0740 Leeds) and 1700 (1B45 1130 PAD-PNZ 'Cornish Riviera Express'). According to info I have seen the latter train was worked by a class 47 on this day and D1028 was reportedly utilised on 7B33 1217 Exeter Riverside-St Austell followed by 0F79 St Austell-Penzance light diesel. There is no doubt that Hugh photographed D1028 so I suggest that it may have replaced another loco at St Austell, possibly on 1B25, and the info I have seen is probably incorrect?
The milk train worked by D1053 was the 6A21 1640 St Erth to Acton. This was certainly slow to say the least as according to the WTT of the time it did not pass through Westbury until 2328, before continuing via Newbury towards London.
D1053 was withdrawn on 13th November 1976 and broken up at Swindon by June 23 1977. D1028 was withdrawn on 5th October 1976 but lingered in the scrapyard at Swindon until June 1979. It was recognisable from passing trains as someone painted 'THE END' in large white letters along the bodyside facing the main line.
I'm taking the rest of the day off from trains now (!) so with good wishes
Regards, Andrew Jenkins