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South Devon Railway 1940s Gala, 100710 Part 2 of 3

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Uploaded on Jul 15, 2010

Some of you may know that I have now finished school, and so don't have much to do in the holidays. In order to relive the monotony for a few days I went down to stay with Relatives in Portishead near Bristol, which incidentally is one of the largest towns in Europe without a railway station, as it was axed by Beeching in the 1960s, from July 9 to July 14. The purpose of this short holiday was to visit the railways in the local area, and I started with the South Devon Railway on July 10, during the line's 1940s weekend. There was a selection of 1940s vehicles at Buckfastleigh, a wartime model railway at Staverton, and a series of volunteers dressed up in wartime clothing dotted around the railway. As well as this, the line operated 8 round trips between Buckfastleigh and Totnes Littlehempston, and 4 freight round trips between Buckfastleigh and Staverton, which were shared between a pool of four ex GWR steam locos. The locomotives in operation were:
|GWR 43xx 'Mogul' 2-6-0 ROD 5322 (Worked in France during WWI) (Visiting from the Didcot Railway Centre)
|GWR 2251 'Collett Goods' 0-6-0 3205 (Recently returned from Overhaul)
|GWR 57xx 'Pannier' 0-6-0PT 5786 (Wearing temporary GWR Label on left tank)
|GWR 4575 'Small Prairie' 2-6-2T 5526
It was an enjoyable event, aided by the beautiful weather and the fact that the line was only charging normal fees for the event. The plan I followed was:
|1137 Totnes Littlehempston -- Buckfastleigh (3205)
|1415 Buckfastleigh -- Staverton (5322)
|1655 Staverton -- Totnes Littlehempston (5322)
In this, the second of 3 parts, about 2 thirds of the action is at Buckfastleigh, where we see all 4 Great Western Designs performing various operations. We then move to Staverton, and then a location by the River Dart not far up the line towards Totnes, where we see the ROD Mogul and Collett Goods
I would like to thank the South Devon Railway for putting on this enjoyable event, the Didcot Railway Centre for agreeing to the loan of the WWI Veteran, and you for taking your time to watch this video

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