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How many times a Warship reached Wadebridge is anyone’s guess, but I know it happened at least once as I was in the right place at the right time to witness it. It occurred to me later that this demonstrated the versatility of the lightweight Warships as those locos’ successors, the ‘Peak’ Class 46s, were at the other end of the Type 4 spectrum in terms of weight and wheel count, and were thus almost certainly incapable of such a working.
It was a pity that I was not in a position to capture such a rarity on film, but in recent years a photo has surfaced of D805 at Bodmin General after having run round its two vans on the return run. Note the Exeter to Waterloo headcode up a Cornish branchline! This photo confirmed the date (and the lovely weather!) I have attached this but please be aware that the photographer is unknown so copyright may be an issue. If you publish it hopefully it can be correctly credited in due course.
Best regards, Neil Phillips.
Kind regards, John Smerdon.