Ron writes : - I don’t normally take light engines...
Whether 47447 had failed and so was topped by 47280 to Plymouth I don’t know, or it could have been a planned move...
I’m not sure of the train’s identity but certainly 47280 appeared to be doing all of the work as it began the climb out of Totnes.
A few hours later it returned with 47827 and 47618 in tow. However, as they appeared smoke could clearly be seen above the locos and indeed flames were leaping up the body side of 47827. I’m guessing a brakes issue.
After waving furiously at the driver in the hope that he might realise I was trying to indicate a problem, I did take one shot, by which times the tall flames were no longer visible. I’m guessing the driver had already realised he had a problem.
The locos were held for a few hours on the up through road at Totnes station whilst everything cooled down and a fitter arrived from Laira.
In the meantime the fire brigade dealt with the lineside fires left in its wake.
As can be seen, there is clear evidence of previous lineside fires.
Many thanks for capturing and sharing these pictures with us.