South Devon Railway field trip

11 September 2016

Region: South West

 

We met at 6.45am for the H & S briefing, with this completed we set off for the running shed to photograph the 3 locos being prepared for the day and the crews doing the work. This was folllowed by a trip into the workshops for the opportunity to make some images of locos under repair, boilers and wheels etc. The station restaurant was the next stop for refreshments, including some hungry souls who managed an enginemans breakfast. We then took the train for a trip to Littlehempston and return to Staverton to have a look at machinery and watch the trains coming and going. Some of us took a ride on the Wickham Trolley, a small wagon powered by a Ford Popular engine. From there tea and cake was taken by most of us from the buffet coach.

We then took the next train back to Buckfastleigh to have a look round the old cars which were gathered in the picnic area and a wander around the rest of the site. The early start meant that our numbers had dwindled but 7 of us took to the Routemaster bus for a ride to Ashburton and around Buckfastleigh. Following our return to the station a train had just arrived, the decision was then made by this magnificent 7 to take the train to Totnes and back once more. This proved to be quite exhilarating with "mixed traction" on our return journey, ie a steam engine leading with the Crompton diesel double headed. The steam loco appeared to be doing most of the work and lots of smoke and steam and the lovely noise of a steam loco in full cry.

The day then ended with at about 4.45pm with the magnificent 7 agreeing they had all had a good day and with a final few images of the loco taking water, heading homeward.

Our thanks go to Chris Williams for facilitating the day, Richard Elliot for letting us into the workshop and to the crews on the day for being so helpful and cooperative with our requests for photographs. 

Header photo courtesy of Mike Bond

Suzanne Parsons

Suzanne Parsons

Suzanne Parsons

George Webb

George Webb

George Webb

Stuart Chapman

Stuart Chapman

Stuart Chapman

Stuart Chapman

Stuart Chapman

Stuart Chapman

Stuart Chapman

Hans Gebauer

Hans Gebauer

Hans Gebauer

Mary Gebauer

Mary Gebauer

Mary Gebauer

Mary Gebauer

 

Martin Stephenson

Martin Stephenson

Martin Stephenson

Martin Stephenson

            Derek Stratton

           Derek Stratton

Derek Stratton

Comments (3)

 
16 September 2016

Great sets of photos to those already sent

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cheeseman
13 September 2016

Excellent trip,thanks Mick!

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ANTHONY ROWE LRPS
11 September 2016

Thank you Mick for organizing such a fun day

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