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Our second day with 4555 at the Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway sees us using the locomotive both facing chimney first out of Paignton and then, following turning at Churston, facing chimney first into Paignton to allow us to include the shots leaving Greenway just beyond the Halt, and then Higher Ferry and Greenway Viaduct later in the afternoon.
Our day will start at 06.45 at the PDSR station at Paignton with our customary yet most important safety briefing before leaving chimney first for our first shots near Goodrington just after 07.00. At around 10.15 we will turn the locomotive at Churston after which the train will be repositioned ready for the shots along the lane on the Paignton side of Greenway Halt. The loco will face Paignton for the remainder of the day allowing us a range of different opportunities from those offered on Sunday. We will arrive back at Paignton at around 17.00 hours.
No.4555 was built in 1924 and was originally shedded at Tyseley Depot. It worked in Wales out of Machynlleth and Pwllheli depots and ended itís career in the West Country, being withdrawn from Plymouth Laira Depot in November 1963. The loco was purchased by two Midlands-based enthusiasts, Pat Garland and Pat Whitehouse, and could still be seen in main line action locally around Birmingham after it had been secured for preservation. No.4555 received a light overhaul and came with a kit of spare parts including a reserve boiler, this being the final boiler to be overhauled at Wolverhampton Works. It is particularly appropriate for it to be visiting the South Devon Railway as, back in 1969, the locomotive hauled the first public train on the preserved SDR (then the Dart Valley Railway) and also worked the last BR-era goods over the line in 1962. Transfer to what is now the Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway came in 1973 where it has remained based ever since, and the engine has recently benefitted from a major overhaul.
The locomotive is paying the briefest of working visits to its home line before leaving to work contracted services on other heritage lines, so this is a limited chance to recreate scenes of some forty years ago on this scenic and picturesque railway.
- Spare batteries
- Camera protection - rain covers etc
- All levels welcome
- High vis jacket
- Sturdy outdoor shoes
- Warm clothing
- Wet weather gear