Michael L Roach
Thanks for your call yesterday and its quite amazing to think that there were another two regular contributors to the CRS website there at Plymouth Station on that day more than 60 years ago. This is what Adrian King wrote to me,
"Just had to drop you a line regarding your continuing article in the CRS magazine which I received today. ................................... The thing that really got to me, I was on holiday in Plymouth on the dates you mentioned, in fact I realise that the day we must have travelled back to South Wales was Saturday 8th August 1959. It can only be that date as we always went down for a fortnight on a Saturday and back on a Saturday the last few days of July and the first full week in August."
Roger Winnen wrote
On Saturday 8th August 1959 I travelled to Plymouth with a friend, on arriving we were greeted by 6860 Aberporth Grange off the rails at Plymouth Station, County of Cornwall also a Penzance engine was standing by to drag her back on track.
Money was tight in those days so prior going to Laira Shed we visited the Refreshment Room on Platform 7 for a pasty I believe it was 8d and a wax carton of orange Kio-ra at 6d. By that time we only had money left for the bus fare from Alexandra Road, Mutley to Laira and return.
Plymouth in those days was a scene of activity!
Roy Hart writes
There is another photograph of this incident in 'An Illustrated History of Plymouth's Railways' by Martin Smith (Irwell, 1995). Photo by Terry Nicholls. The caption says that the re-railing attempt using 1006 was not successful. This photo shows the 'County' drawing up to the casualty, which is certainly well grounded on 'old England'.
All the best!
As has become the norm now for a few years with high seas etc, no 'Voyager' Cross Country services operated between Exeter and N.Abbot.
From a Dawlish Resident via Tony Hill
Note the crests of London and Bristol on either side of the GWR badge.
Hope these are of interest Stay safe, Bill