3rd May 1964
R.C.T.S. / Plymouth
|Locos Used||2887 & 34002 'Salisbury'|
|Stock Used||7 coaches|
|2887||Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot - Dainton Siding - (2) - Totnes - Plymouth|
|34002||Plymouth - St Budeaux Ferry Jn - Saltash - Liskeard - Par - St Austell - Truro - Penzance|
|34002||Penzance - (reverse of outward route) - Plymouth|
|2887||Plymouth - (reverse of outward route) - Exeter St Davids|
(1) This seven coach train was run to reflect the passing of steam from the Cornish main line. Although this was a relatively light load the train handling was excellent, the crew of 2-8-0 2887 completed a reverse move on Dainton Bank due to single line running and on the return leg time was gained over Hemerdon & Dainton banks. The Plymouth crew were impressed by the performance of the unrebuilt 'West Country', especially as this was their first time operating such a Pacific.
(2) Dainton Siding to Totnes was single line working.
(3) Arrival back into Exeter St Davids was delayed by a 6 minute signal check outside the station.
Sources : David Hills (compiled from contemporary
& Chris Horsham (on the train throughout)
2887 near Tigley (photo: Mike Morant collection)
From Andrew Fairholm's ticket collection.
Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Chris Horsham)
|Exeter St Davids||10.40d||10.47||20.55a||20.48|
|Newton Abbot||11.18a ~ 11.23d||?||20.13a ~ 20.18d||20.10 ~ 20.18|
|Plymouth||12.25a ~ 12.35d||?||19.06a ~ 19.15d||?|
|St Budeaux Ferry Road||?||?||18.57a ~ 18.58d||?|
|Royal Albert Bridge||12/43||?||18/55||?|
|Bodmin Road||13.21a ~ 13.30d||?||18.18a ~ 18.19d||?|
|Truro||14.14a ~ 14.30d||?||17.14a ~ 17.35d||?|
|Redruth||14.47a ~ 14.58d||?||16.56a ~ 16.57d||?|
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