Kind regards, Paul Barlow. Many thanks Paul - lovely picture.
The question is was the air conditioning working?
Newton Abbot 6th July 2019
A visit to Newton Abbot yesterday the 6th July 2019 showed a change from my first memory some 60 years ago on the 25th July 1959.
The Journey on that day to Newton Abbott was on the 06:00 Penzance to Manchester & Liverpool hauled by Truro allocation Mogel 2-6-0 5376 as far as Plymouth with 10 coaches with an engine change to two Manor class engines working to Newton Abbot for pilot duties over the South Devon Banks. A Shrewsbury 84G engine in prime condition would then take over duties. Shrewsbury had great pride in keeping their engines in good condition.
Then all steam apart from one or two early warship diesels. The long distance trains from the Midlands and the north were numerous in those days from the likes of Nottingham ,Bradford, Leeds, Liverpool etc with a mixture of GWR tender engines taking over duties at Bristol from LMS engines compared with the XC trains to Manchester and Scotland of today. The trains from Paddington also including trains of up to 15 coaches hauled by Kings not forgetting the South Wales trains with a Britannia or BR Standard 9F 2-10-0 pushed into service from freight duties to cope with demand. Even the 8 9Fs newly allocated to Laira were playing there part.
Trains being queued entering the Westcountry from section to section where there were more signal boxes and sections at that time. Of the the 30 Kings class engines 16 were seen at Newton Abbot on that day.
The only reminder yesterday of steam at NA was 60163 Tornado on the Dart & Torbay Express slowing coming into Newton Abbot as they did then similarly being held by signals. Although this was not a GWR engine but at least steam..
Photos include one of the old station trolleys short of a handle with rotten timbers. The information board showing late and cancelled trains and although section 1 of 1 not sure where the train via Bristol Temple Meads is going. Cancellation announcements continually due shortage of train crews. In 1959 there would be many crews waiting to take over duties from trains running a few hours late.
Regards, Clive Smith. Many thanks to you Clive.