RAILDATE 2024.03.29

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The Weekly Poser: Where is this?

Please identify the railway yard in the centre of the picture.

Last week's Where is this?

An operational Class 52 Western meets heritage steam. Where is it?

Answer: Paignton. Class 52 No. 1016 'Western Gladiator' exiting Goodrington sidings on 8th September 1973. Congratulations are due to the following for their correct answers: Paul Hopper, Dave Goodyear, Bryn Pitcher, Simon Wass, Peter Tisdale. There were nearly as many wrong answers, including Bodmin Road (now Parkway) x 3 and Totnes x 1.

Photo credit: John Haydon, RCTS Collection [image slightly cropped]

Renumbering of locomotives to be TOPS-compliant commenced in 1973 but - along with all the diesel-hydraulics - the Class 52 Westerns were already slated for withdrawal and were skipped. Having distinctive number plates might have been another consideration. Seven of these attractive locomotives have joined the heritage world, but this example was withdrawn in 1975 and scrapped at Swindon in 1977.

The GWR pannier tank is probably 0-6-0PT No.6412, which worked on the Dartmouth Steam Railway up to 1976.


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