Yet another piece of BR publicity from the early 1970s following Ron K's excellent shot yesterday, a handbill advertising the last through train to Ashburton which ran on October 2nd 1971. The train, headcode 1Z45, departed London Paddington at 0825 hauled by celebrity Western Region Brush 4 diesel D1660 'City of Truro'. This was replaced at Totnes Riverside Jctn by steam locos 6435 and 1638. Full details of the train can be found on the Six Bells Junction website.
D1660 is surprisingly still in front line service today. Renumbered 47076 in 1974, it was later converted to ETH and renumbered 47625 in 1984. In 1991 it was given the 'RES'-themed name 'Resplendent' and later upgraded and renumbered 47749 in late 1995 when it received yet another name, 'Atlantic College'. Following withdrawal and sale by EWS it was acquired by Colas in 2007 and named 'Demelza'. With it's celebrity status recognised the loco appeared at the Old Oak Common open day in September this year reunited with it's original name 'City of Truro'. News just received today (9th) indicates that Colas are selling their 3 class 47s (727 739 & 749) to GB Railfreight. No doubt a favourite loco of the CRS with such a West Country pedigree.
Another item from the Guy Vincent Treasure Trove - many thanks.
No.2 Ron Kosys
A number of visits spread over the 1970’s whilst the DVR was very much in its infancy. Staggering how much it has changed over the years....
Having told you how I got there, bearing in mind I was 16. Just me and me haversack (no fancy rucksacks in those days).
A few change of clothes. An ever growing collection of platform tickets that I purchased as I went along. A very cheap camera. Very cheap slide film. But lots of enthusiasm.
These shots were all taken 21st July 1971.
Many thanks Ron - more of this series this coming week.