This was taken early in August 1965. It wasn't a timetabled train, and I believe the stock was generally used on school trains at the time. As it was in the school holiday (and I can't remember who got out of it), I was and remain puzzled. It came in from the Padstow direction but I can't remember what happened to it after arriving at Wadebridge. I do remember it being fairly late afternoon
If anyone else can cast any light on it, I'd be glad to hear.
Many thanks John for your photo and query - we'll see what comes of it.
Can partially help my colleague at Penmere John Balls request with his photo taken at Wadebridge in August 1965. The loco is one of the North British class 22 hydraulics (known as baby warships or baby sad eyes amongst other names both are pretty explanatory), a blow up of the image has identified it as D6306.
One of the most common ways to try and identify the working is by looking at the headcode, which in John's image is 9B88. This is where it gets interesting, the Western Region (WR), four digit character headcode introduced in summer 1960 and updated again on the 18th June 1962, works from left to right so to start off 9: class of train 1 being an express, 2 being ordinary passenger, 6's onwards generally freight e.t.c. B: in which area this train/loco is going to/from. 88: is the actual reporting number of the service. According to the headcode the train is a class 9 working, a mineral and empty wagon freight train including untimetabled local trip workings and pilot engine workings, B which is Bristol district (later for West of England but not until the 70's). The service 88 is trying its hardest to allude me, however from my searches there would seem to be a lot of WTT class 9 freight, mineral and trip workings with headcodes very close to 9B88 trundling around the Bristol and Wiltshire area in the 60's, which tallies in with D6306's headcode.
So unless someone else knows more, that's as far as I managed to gleam. I wouldn't go too much on the reporting number as I believe this to be wrong, not a totally uncommon to see incorrect headcode. It could be anything from the headcode blind/s slipping a common occurrence (although it does look neat and tidy in John's image), to a lazy driver simply not altering it from a previous working! It is certainly not right for a passenger service. One thing I did notice, the third coach, one of the doors is open so presumably taking on passengers, could it be an additional untimetabled working to/from Bodmin being summer, or an excursion? The plot thickens!
Karl (Friends of Penmere).
As a result of the fire in St Erth, XC Voyager 220031 spent the night in the sidings at Truro. I believe it worked the 1M49 to Manchester Picadilly about an hour after I took this photo.
Noted in the evening but not photographed was 43172 'Harry Patch' on the 1C84 from Paddington.
Additionally, I'm sure there was a specially marked Class 43 on the tail of a down service that passed by the train I was on near Par at about 10am, if anyone has any information?????????
Kyle Many thanks Kyle
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