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Dartmoor Railway 21/06/2013
On Friday 21st June, Class 08 08937 hauled the joint PLEG / BLS charter at the Dartmoor Railway, the railway being especially opened for our visit. 40 participants enjoyed their journey with the consist of a brake van, Mark 2 coach and DMU trailer. The mileage (each way) was estimated at 2 miles 13 chains by member Jim Sellens.
It goes without saying that thanks should be recorded for the staff and volunteers at the Dartmoor Railway for their very special assistance in making this event happen – as has been well publicised the railway faces challenging times and it was most pleasing to see how welcome our party was made.
Track wise, of particular note was traversal to the safe extremity of the line at Meldon viaduct before the return journey being via the first of the quarry roads next to the running line. Participants were also able to enjoy an escorted visit to the quarry to observe items of stored rolling stock and restoration activity underway. As usual thanks are recorded for the Society members and contributors who provided invaluable information to the participants to aid the enjoyment of their visit.
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South Devon Railway 21/06/2013
On the afternoon of Friday 21st June, following the Dartmoor visit, 24 members travelled on a private BLS / PLEG charter following the end of public service. Using Class 33 33002 as main train loco with assistance at Buckfastleigh from Class 20 20110, our five coach train headed out from Buckfastleigh and then reversed to compete the run round loop as far as the crossing near the depot. Heading out towards Staverton the charter took in Bishops Bridge Loop, before arriving in the run round loop at Totnes Littlehempston. On the return, a photo stop was taken at Staverton and Class 09 09010 was added to pilot the train home, again and unusually via the loop. Back at Buckfastleigh, participants were also able to enjoy a tour of the sheds and see various projects underway. The total mileage was estimated by member Jim Sellens at 14 chains (20110), 3 miles 48 chains (09010) and 13 miles 31 chains (33002). Many thanks are recorded here to all the staff and volunteers at the South Devon Railway for this excellent fixture, and members of the Society who assisted with supporting materials as usual.