2nd & 3rd November 2018
Andrew Triggs & Roger Winnen
Also 60 years ago this weekend saw the closure of the Ashburton Branch by British Railways. To mark this occasion a special steam service will operate on Saturday evening to the timings of the last train in 1958
Regards Dave. Many thanks.
Further to David's note we have the following from Karl Hewlett.
With regards to David Tozers report on the South Devon Railway's Diesel Gala and class 08 D3598, the booklet is correct as this locomotive was built at Horwich Works, Manchester, then entered into service on 03/10/58 to Exeter Shed 83C. It went to Old Oak Common 81A on the weekend of 01/11/58 with other allocations to Southall 81C weekend 21/05/60, back to 81A weekend 18/06/60, renumbered 08483 on 01/74 and was at Newport Ebbw Junction EJ by 11/12/76. It was in a batch of D3593 to D3607 that was allocated new to the Western Region with notable Cornish allocated machines D3593 to D3595 new to St. Blazey, D3596 and D3597 new to Penzance. Coincidentally D3594 and D3596 are both preserved at 'East Lancashire Railway' and 'The Vale Of Glamorgan Railway' respectively.
Hope this helps! Kind Regards Karl (Friends Of Penmere Station).
Many thanks for the up-date Karl.
Plus a further update from Karl - D3596 has since been scrapped by EMR from The Vale Of Glamorgan Railway.
I have been targeting the clay train as the morning train from Rocks may be retimed much earlier in 2019, rendering the lovely 08.30 approx departure from Lostwithiel a thing of the past. With a bright red 66, and 18 wagons on the 2nd Nov it was a fitting end to visit Ian's farm for the arrival. The canopy of trees simply took my breath away, and the warm sunshine made it feel like a May morning. Is our climate really changing so much I wonder?
Later in the day news came in of the failed HST from Largin recently being hauled back to Laira by 57603. A shot was grabbed at Coombe. All before work too!
Cheers for now, Craig. Many thanks Craig