Visiting 'Prairie' tank 5542 went in to service over the
'Half Price Weekend' on the South Devon Railway. This gave the first chance
to see the two Prairies on the line at work at the same time. Our photograph
is taken from the front coach of the 11.30am ex-Totnes hauled by 5542,
whilst 5526 is waiting in the loop with the 11.30am ex-Buckfastleigh. The
GW green 5542 ran with the Great Western set whilst 5526 in BR black was
matched to the BR Mk 1 set.Despite awful weather the trains were well loaded.
The next time both 'Prairies' will be in steam together will be over the
Easter Gala weekend. 5542 is owned by 5542 Ltd and is normally based on
Somerset Railway but is to based at Buckfastleigh for
most of the 2006 season.
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