We are most grateful to our Chairman Dennis Flood who has at the very kindly, at the very last minute stepped in to present :- 'My 49 year railway career - and a bit more Part 3
This profusely illustrated talk given by our Chairman Dennis Flood promises to be a very amusing and entertaining evening.
(2) 43093 brings up the rear with 43122 at the front of the 08.00 Cardiff Central - Penzance at Dinnaton west of Ivybridge station. This was at 11.20 and I was now on my way home from Tesco with a healthy weekly shop of low calorie comestibles following a fortnight of excess. There was a Castle set on the up at 11.04 but the sun remained behind a cloud until the train had passed before deciding to shine. So I decided to hang on until 11.20 for a better lit shot of the down Castle set . I was parked at the nearby adjacent fitness centre car park which seemed to be very busy.with punters who'd piled on the pounds. Needless to say the sun disappeared again at 11.15 so this is the resulting photo. New year. Same old frustration.
Bristol Temple Meads
Yesterday (Monday 3rd) we made a trip by rail to the Severn Valley Railway and enjoyed one and a half round trips over the line behind 'Green Godess' class 40 loco 40106 'Atlantic Conveyor'. Steam heating was provided by the loco's fully operational boiler and it was like stepping back in time over 40 years to when this was an everyday occurrence on BR, especially at this time of year on the many additional relief services that ran to cater for increased demand. Parked up in the yard at Bridgnorth (next to 1965 Swindon-built class 14 D9551) was SR 'West Country' 34027 'Taw Valley' which had been working trains over the weekend. At the end of the afternoon we had an hour spare due to the short-notice cancellation of our intended train from Kidderminster to Worcester. A visit to the SVR museum was greeted by the attached station running-in board, probably of L&SWR origin and definitely of interest to those in the far west of England...
With regards, Guy Vincent.
Use or not as you see fit as although there is no local connection to CRS I am sure many members will have fond memories of the class 40 and this one is something special. Built in 1960 as one of just twenty constructed by Robert Stephenson and Hawthorns at Darlington (in order to release production capacity at Vulcan Foundry for the 'Deltic' fleet), 40106 twice evaded repainting into standard BR blue and in 1978 at its final classified repair received a further coat of 'deep bronze green'. 40106 was an exhibit at the 'Rainhill 150' celebrations in 1980. As one of the final members of the class to remain in traffic with vacuum-only brakes it was withdrawn in April 1983 but fortunately was purchased for preservation by the late Gerald Boden. The name 'Atlantic Conveyor' was bestowed upon the loco on 11th August 1984 to commemorate the Cunard-owned vessel and its crew lost in the Falklands campaign on May 28th 1982. Now owned by the Class 40 Preservation Society 40106 is currently on hire to the Severn Valley Railway and, by virtue of its fully operational steam-heating boiler has seen daily use over the Christmas and New Year holiday period. Who knows, maybe in the future it will reach one of the south west's heritage lines?
Cheers Guy Vincent