34052 Lord Dowding
The first one, is at the Dunmere Crossing, on the return trip towards Boscarne.
This service was an early start, with a possession taking most of the morning, returning about lunchtime.
Although tickets were available at Wadebridge, by the 70’s, a request had to be made direct to BR, this was more of an insurance exercise and not a revenue stream.
Having gone through this procedure once, I was never asked again when travelling on this train.
The second photograph, is on a return working towards Boscarne ,at Outlands Woods, about 1 mile towards Wenford, north of Dunmere.
The rock outcrop, on the left of this picture, is partly the cause of the demise of this branch.
When the hoods were being replaced by CDA wagons, it was found that the CDA’s could not be used on the Wenford branch, because of the tight radius at this location.
What a shame, a few sticks of dynamite, could have saved the day!
Best wishes Andrew Many thanks Andrew
Plymouth Railway Circle / R.C.T.S.
The Exmoor Ranger
Locos UsedD3517, 3205, 41206 & 41291Route :
41206 & 41291Exeter St Davids - Okehampton - Meldon Quarry (1) - Halwill - Petrockstow - Torrington - Bideford - Barnstaple Jn - Barnstaple Victoria Road
41206 & 41291 (2)Barnstaple Victoria Road - Barnstaple Jn - Mortehoe - Ilfracombe
3205 (3)Ilfracombe - Barnstaple - Dulverton - Taunton (1)
D3517 (4)shunt at Taunton (Up side to Down side)
3205Taunton - Exeter St DavidsNotes :
This five coach train visited a number of lines that were due to lose their passenger service, the Halwill - Petrockstow section had been closed to all traffic four weeks prior to this tour, special permission being required to run over this section of line. Info courtesy Six Bells Junction