The naming was done at the south end of the Drake Platform, a short distance down the branch. If I can get any other photo’s from MoD PRO I will pass them on.
Paul Burkhalter Many thanks to Paul for forwarding this link.
On the skyline, from left to right: The old 'Count House' of Carn Brea mine; the large water tank, surmounting a granite coal stage, of the former engine shed; the WCR engine and wagon workshops,( trackless by this time) then comes the roof of the old WCR Superintendent's house. The pillar water tank serves both the main line and the Portreath branch, where container wagons are stabled. Top right is the engine house of Highburrow East shaft, Carn Brea Mine. This housed the massive 90-inch beam engine which ceased work when the mine closed in 1914. It was purchased by East Pool mine and brought into use at their Taylor's shaft, in 1924. Today it is in the care of the National Trust. Note the line of telegraph poles -a forgotten railway feature.
Today, with the exception of the double track and a short retaining wall on the left, every single man-made feature here has disappeared .Many thanks Roy.
37280 waits to come off the Heathfield branch at Newton Abbot with the Heathfield tripper 4th May 1989, that was booked to run through to St Blazey via a stop at Tavistock Junction.
6C58 was booked to leave Heathfield at 1045 although it invariably ran early. The usual load ex Heathfield was one ECC Tiger of ball clay per day,so it made a change to see it with two. The two tanks on the rear would have been collected from the Newton Abbot Clays siding, which you could easily photograph off the Newton Road bridge. I’ll send you some in due course...
So, 37280 is waiting time to run through Newton Abbot station, next stop Tavistock Junction, where it will almost certainly pick up a lot more traffic, most of which was associated with the clay industry.