27th March 1965
Plymouth Railway Circle /
The Exmoor Ranger
|Locos Used||D3517, 3205, 41206 & 41291|
|41206 & 41291||Exeter 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)|
|3205||Taunton - Exeter St Davids|
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.
(1) The poor condition of Meldon viaduct
required 41291 to be detached at Meldon Jct and cross the viaduct
separately from the train.
(2) For climbing to Mortehoe Summit Collett 0-6-0 3205 banked the train from Braunton.
(3) 41206 & 41291 were used as bankers out of Ilfracombe.
(4) Whilst 3205 was turned at Taunton shed the station pilot, Class 08 diesel shunter D3517 moved the train from the up side to the down side. 3205 was probably the last ever loco turned at Taunton shed as the depot closed an hour later and it was reported to have been disconnected the following day.
From The John Debens Ticket Collection.
Sources : David Hills (compiled from contemporary
Terry Jackson (left the tour at Taunton), Nigel Tregoning & Dave Groves
Timings (Booked Only)
(From Terry Jackson)
|00.00||Exeter St Davids||10.12d|
|01.23||Cowley Bridge Jn||10/15|
|24.79||Okehampton||10w58a ~ 11w09d|
|37.35||Halwill||11w33a ~ 11w42d|
|45.26||Hatherleigh||12.07a ~ 12.12d|
|50.14||Petrockstow||12.27a ~ 12.32d|
|58.02||Torrington||13.00a ~ 13.03d|
|65.61||Instow||13.18a ~ 13.20d|
|72.14||Barnstaple Junction||13.30a ~ 13.32d|
|73.75||Barnstaple Victoria Road||13w38a ~ 14w00d|
|75.56||Barnstaple Junction||14.06a ~ 14.12d|
|76.45||Pottington Signal Box||14/20|
|90.52||Ilfracombe||14w48a ~ 15w20d|
|105.48||Barnstaple Junction||15.53a ~ 16.03d|
|130.27||Dulverton||16.49a ~ 17.10d|
|151.36||Taunton||17.50a ~ 18.30d|
|180.78||Cowley Bridge Jn||19/08|
|182.17||Exeter St Davids||19.11a|
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