Thanks for your work and for dealing with the photos.Best wishes, Michael.
Approximate times of 1V46 on 01.09.1984
Exeter St Davids 1632 sch'd. 1715 approx
Newton Abbot 16/55 approx. 17/35 approx
Plymouth arr. 1731 sch'd. 1905 approx
On arrival at Plymouth there were several of us with no train home as the final eastbound service of the day, the 1700 Penzance-Paddington HST, had departed on time at 1855. The station supervisor said he had a 5C86 1815 Newquay-Malago Vale ECS due in and this would be made available for travel to Exeter and Taunton only. 45040 duly arrived on a rake of mark 1 carriages that had earlier gone down on the 1V73 0911 Manchester Piccadilly-Newquay behind 47088 'Samson'. Beyond Taunton 5C86 was routed via Castle Cary and Westbury and, having 'forgotten' to alight at Taunton I left it at Westbury where a short stop was made for crew purposes. A 7-mile walk home to Bradford-on-Avon was then necessary!
Photos exist on Flickr of this working at Dawlish Warren, approaching Dawlish station and arriving at Plymouth with a further B/W image on the Taunton Trains website of the train waiting signals in platform 3 at Taunton.
Photo 1) 58002 at Bristol Temple Meads prior to departure for Plymouth (credit: Stephen White).
Photo 2) 58002 in derelict condition at the rear of Eastleigh depot on 15th April 2013. It was later scrapped here. (photo GV).
Many thanks Guy for such a long, very interesting, and carefully researched article - much appreciated.