I came across your Website when searching for information on the Motorail trains to and from Newton Abbot. I am planning to assemble an OO gauge model of one of these trains, and having photographed one at Dawlish in 1975 I thought you might be interested in the image (scanned from a Kodachrome slide). I am happy for you to use the image, provided that my name is shown as the photographer. The locomotive was 47 202, the train was the 2300 from Stirling, and the photo was taken on 23.10.1975.
I should be most grateful if any of your contacts would be able to give me some information on the coaching stock of this train in 1975. I assume there would be some Sleepers and probably FK stock and a BSK or BCK, but I'm not sure about the Buffet or Restaurant cars. I also assume they would all have M prefixes rather than W or SC.
Best wishes for the Christmas season, and I look forward to hearing from you.
David Pool. Can anyone help? Many thanks for your picture David.
Dart Valley Railway - South Devon Railway
As was typically the case whilst I was on my Railrovers, the weather never was the best. It was extremely hazy despite a reasonable forecast for the day as a whole...
Anyway, off I went to Pridhamsleigh, spurred on by the knowledge that the driver was going to give me a bit of smoke to liven my shot(s) up a little.
Not long after I got into position I saw 1420 appear. When is the smoke going to appear? When do I fire the shutter ? It was click and wind on in those days, none of this auto drive stuff that we are spoiled with these days.
Well, the answer is, it didn’t. It just trundled under the bridge on which I was standing and away out of sight to the right as it coasted on its way to Buckfastleigh.
Good job I fired the shutter (and wound on) when I did, otherwise I would not have had the two shots that are attached.
Not the best. But as always the case with a lot of my early shots, they’ll do.
They most certainly will do Ron , many many thanks indeed.