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45305 & 70013 tackle the Devon & Cornish Banks

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Uploaded on Apr 30, 2011

Now finally back into my home territory after a 7 month period of no steam action. Late April saw steam in the South West of England on two seperate weekends, April 23rd and 30th. A unique opportunity for us West Country folks to witness Midland and North Western motive power in Devon & Cornwall.

April 23rd saw Black 5 45305 pairing with 70013 hauling the Great Britain IV excursion from Bristol to Penzance. With the weather at its very best of moods and a double header steam charter working through Somerset to Cornwall, it was no excuse for me (and Cherry) to miss this run.
Starting off at Whiteball the pair are heard in full cry as they stampede the bank in fine glory. At Rattery Bank the pair once again tackle the steep incline in fine form as they pounder the 1 in 40 section. The third scene captures the pair cross over the Royal Albert Bridge at Saltash with 70013's whistle echoing the Tamar Valley and into Cornwall.

One week later on April 30th saw a change in weather, after a long period of hot weather it all changed for the bad, with showers pouring down on most of the South West it proved to be a big challenge. 45305 & 70013 haul The Royal Duchy from Penzance to Bristol. Firstly starting off at Derrycombe near Bodmin Parkway station the two Midland engines tackle the climbe towards Largin Woods. After watering at Plymouth and with the rain out again the pair struggle with the grips with the last steps of the 1 in 42 Hemerdon Bank. A quick dash to Exminster to get a cameo shot of the train passing through the remains of the old station that once stood.
The last scene to conclude the film witnesses 45305 &70013 onslaught the southern section Whiteball entering the tunnel at speed.

For all the Midland and Northern folks who regularly see these two steamers in their territories, this was something well worth getting.

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