Yet More Steam 2
||- 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.
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
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!
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.
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