June 24th 1983 saw 33207 arrive at Plymouth on the 09.35 Exeter to Plymouth, seen here being uncoupled by shunter Dave Palmer. Dave has recently taken early retirement after spending most of his career as a Train Manager or guard as we like to call them. The loco for this train would be anything spare on Exeter stabling point so produced 31s, peaks, 47s and 50s too. The engine would take its stock to Laira and return the coaches as the 17.35 ECS from Laira to Malago Vale sidings in Bristol. However this was routed via Plymouth station in order to detach the Paddington sleeper portion of two coaches to be later added to the portion from Penzance that night. In the second picture 33207 is climbing through Lipson as it approaches Mutley Tunnel. The third picture shows a class 33/2 hauling a mark one sleeper, something I would be surprised exists in many photographs !. Having dropped off the sleeper portion 33207 is seen re-emerging from Mutley Tunnel on its way to Bristol. Fast forward 33 years to 2016 and the same 33207 is seen at Bristol Temple Meads, main line registered in West Coast Railway livery awaiting a steam railtour it was assisting that day. Quite a survivor.
Regards, Clive Smith Many thanks indeed Clive for such a detailed article to go with your classic pictures.