With an appalling weekend of weather, numbers attending
the SDR's Branch Line Gala were lower than had been hoped for but nevertheless
a goodly number of people were able to enjoy another splendid home grown
3803 and 5786 were in action on the two 'main' sets whilst
newly auto fitted prairie tank 5526 ran a series of Auto Trains, including
some that terminated at Nappers Halt for the first time - although numbers
taking the short walk up the lane to the Sea Trout pub were few!
1369 was employed most of the weekend on running a typical
branch goods - in fact maybe not so typical as it had more wagons than
many branch trains of years gone by!
During the Saturday the opportunity was taken to snap
a picture of the line's two largest locomotives, 3803 and 4920, together,
both complete and looking like engines, for the first time since they were
acquired by the South Devon Railway Trust (or Dumbleton Hall Locomotive
Limited as the Company was named at the time). Whilst the Trust has owned
them both since 1983 at no time since then has it been possible to photograph
them both together looking like complete engines since that time until
this specially staged moment. Whilst 3803 is now in the second year of
its ten year ticket after overhaul, 4920 awaits its turn in the restoration
queue after running out of ticket. How long before both can be photographed
in steam at the same time I wonder!
© All photographs Richard
Elliott South Devon Railway 2007
© South Devon Railway