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Steam locomotives on the mainline in south Devon (UK)

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by grebeman, Apr 29, 2012.

  1. grebeman

    grebeman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    Two different steam services were run on the mainline in south Devon this weekend. The 34 miles between Newton Abbot and Plymouth climb over two different summits and have the 3rd, 4th and 7th steepest inclines on the main line railway system in the UK. In the days of steam they presented a formidable challenge to both engine and crew. Many services had to be double headed with stops at either end to remove the pilot locomotive. Some services were made non stop over long distances and so the number of carriages on the train were limited to a load that one engine could handle.

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    A doubled headed down train with a Battle of Britain class Tangmere and a Britannia class Oliver Cromwell west of south Brent, with Brent Hill in the back ground, the southerly edge of Dartmoor.

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    The two engines nearing Wrangaton, the highest point on the line.

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    A Castle class locomotive Earl of Mount Edgecumbe working alone and limited to 9 carriages on the down Cornishman

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    Running into South Brent

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    The Earl of Mount Edgecumbe nears the summit of Hemerdon Bank just east of Plymouth, 2.5 miles at a steady climb of 1 in 42 on the up service

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    The gradient begins to ease from 1 in 42 to 1 in 51. The engine speed is perhaps 15 mph in full gear and with the regulator wide open.

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    The crew are to be congratulated on a job well done. Equally the engine must be in fine fettle.

    All with a Panasonic G1 and 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 lens on a grey day of low cloud with intermittent periods of rain, thankfully not at crucial times.

    Barrie
     
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  2. penfan2010

    penfan2010 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 12, 2010
    NJ, USA
    Brilliant photos, thanks for sharing. The color scheme of the Battle of Britain class and Cromwell class (second photo) remind me strangely of the WW2 Daleks!
     
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