Yet More Steam 2


The wheels turn for the last day - Evercreech. - A class 4MT thrashing past, I believe. The intensity of this picture derives not only from it being the final S&D weekend, in March 1966, but again, from low lighting, towards the end of an otherwise fine (apart from the fact that the railway was closing!) lateWinter/early Spring day.
Although a sad occasion, the brilliant weather over the final few days gave the very best picture quality possible for those of us who were also filming.
From the time the "Pines" was diverted off the S&D, to when trains no longer ran at all North/South through Templecombe, the main line above, though soon to experience it's own suppression of services (three lines to the West were deemed at least one too many) became famous for several years of "Indian Summer" steam running. Within earshot of Templecombe's announcements, but oblivious to them, a returning holiday express flashes magnificently past with whistle shrieks, behind rebuilt "Merchant Navy" no.35019 "French Line CGT". No. 35019 French Line CGT

With the rundown of Steam came nostalgic charters - 4472 "Flying Scotsman" - then owned by Alan Pegler - was still able to traverse Devizes, Holt, and  Bradford Junction (the Devizes branch closed just after the "Dorset", in April 1966), then continue through Bath and Bristol (where we see it at Victoria Park) to Ilfracombe. A wonderful journey!

An unusual journey for Flying Scotsman London - Ilfracombe in style
Let us not forget the days of Rail being common carrier. Ancient and not-so-ancient locos (but all normally filthy) would wearily haul freight, usually loose-coupled, up and down the country. Not glamorous, but essential work. Left, below, what looks like gleaming china clay empties returning to Cornwall behind 2-8-0- no. 3800, at Flax Bourton. Right, that long-vanished species, the mixed freight, at our mystery location near Salisbury.
2-8-0 no. 3800 at Flax Bourton
Mixed Freight

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