Preserved Steam and Diesel in Devon & Cornwall 2018

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  1. 60019Bittern

    60019Bittern Full Member

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    It's that time of the year again for the local Heritage Railways to wake up from their winter slumber, and also for the steam/diesel specials to start again. As usual I shall be posting pics after any visits or sightings. This year the SDR (South Devon Railway) opened its doors in February for the half-term holidays and I attended on one of the days and got pics of L92 and 6412. Once sorted I'll post them . They are open again this coming weekend on a 'Half Price Weekend' and as I am a member it's free so I shall be going along with the camera and see what is about.

    Here are the pics:

    No. L92 taking water at Buckfastleigh on the SDR

    No. L92 at the water tower.

    L92 approaching Staverton from Totnes

    L92 approaching Buckfastleigh from Totnes

    No. 6412 in an Autocoach Sandwich at Staverton

    D2246 at Buckfastleigh

    That's it till the weekend.
     
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    ianvolvo46 Staff Member Moderator

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    Thanks for the photos Bittern visiting preserved railways is something me and the other 5/8ths miss :thumbup::thumbup:
     
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    If you brave the snow forecast on Sunday, say hello as you pass Staverton box!

    Doug
     
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    Gary Staff Member Administrator Golden Goat 2018

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    Great pics Bittern. Thanks for sharing. :thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:

    Looks like late winter early autumn is a nice time of the year in the UK. I'm considering changing my traveling to the UK to April, around Easter.

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    Discretion has the greater part of valour Chubber. Will be over again about Easter time so will pop in then. I normally use the buffet at Staverton for lunch. It's nicer and cheaper than the main cafe. The second-hand stall in the good's shed is good too. Every time I go to the SDR I normally split the trip into 3 parts and spend some time walking aong the river at Staverton looking for the Kingfishers and Dippers.
     
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    Probably very wise! I'm next on 26th March & 9 April. I think weekends are normally kept for non-retirees so they get a turn.

    Poop-poop!

    Doug
     
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    Toto Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Mind some photos :thumbs:
     
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    It's a long way for me to come but you never know.:thumbs:
    York Paul
     
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    Today, my first day on Staverton Box on the S.D.R., I didn't bargain for this!

    18-3-18 Staverton Xing.JPG

    The 1100 down approaching the crossing from Totnes Riverside, my footprints in the snow. With the latches and bolts obscured by the sticky snow I had a few trapped fingers and thumbs to contend with.
    Staverton 18-3-18 1100 down (2).JPG

    Drawing into the platform, I wait until it has pulled both carriages clear of the end of the platform [so that a passenger won't get out onto the sloping end, and, today, probably end up sliding down to the road level pretty smartly] and then reopen the gates to the road traffic, i.e. 'close them'. Clear?
    18-3-18 First Day.JPG

    A quick photo' opportunity, then back in the box for a warm-up!
     
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    As the day went on and snow blocked point blades and prevented signals being pulled off, some unusual movements were needed, even propelling a down 4-coach set back complete with passengers from the Bishop's Bridge loop so that it could return to Buckfastleigh via the other side of the loop which was negotiable.

    Staverton 18-3-18 snow.JPG

    As my mentor [and lift to B'leigh] was concerned about getting home with the increasingly heavy snow-fall, we packed up earlier than the 1700 shift end, leaving the crossing in the hands of a local man.

    A wise move, for this was the road back to B'leigh where I had left my car for the journey home to Ivybridge.

    Staverton Rd goin'ome..JPG

    Oh, Glorious sunny Devon....

    As I got into my car, a couple with two wet happy children thanked me for a 'wonderful day', made it all the more worthwhile.

    Doug
     
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    #Glad I didn't come over then Doug. See you sometime in the near future
     
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    Went over to the SDR again yesterday (31/3/18) for the Easter Gala. Weather and light not too good but at least it almost stayed dry. Will sort the pics out tomorrow and post them and include a couple of wagons as well and a few road vehicles.
    Till tomorrow
     
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    As promised some pics from Saturday.

    No. 5542 entering Staverton


    No. L92 at Totnes Riverside


    No. D6501 entering Totnes Riverside


    A scene on the shed roads at Buckfastleigh (Dumbleton Hall and a Class 122)


    D3721 at Buckfastleigh


    No. D7612 at Buckfastleigh


    Brake Van No. 68777 at Staverton


    Lapland Owl at Totnes Riverside


    That's it for now. Going over again soon and hoping for better weather and light.
     
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    jakesdad13 Staff Member Moderator

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    Great photos as usual Bittern :thumbup:.
    Could I be cheeky and ask for a copy of D3721 the 300hp shunter? it appears to be in the condition I would like to weather mine to look like.
    I can send you my email address so you could send the full size image if thats ok?

    Cheer's, Pete.
     
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    On it's way to you mate. It will be about 10megs
     
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    Thanks Mick. It is perfect for what I need, I can zoom in on all the detail with total clarity, excellent.

    Cheer's, Pete.
     
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    Did I mention that I paintred a 'G' and two of the '7's on the Toad at Staverton? No? Well I did! The chap mentoring me said he had to paint the 'Newton Abbot' during the next week for the gala. He added 'I wish it had been allocated to Par' and when I asked 'Why?' he replied ''Cos its only three [rude word] letters....' :facepalm:
     
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    Well done on Picture of the week. A fantastic shot. :thumbs:

    cheers

    toto
     
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    Congrats on Pic of the week - I hope you've thawed out. Glad I'm in the cold North East, it just rained that week end.

    Paul
     
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