Prompt action saves the ‘Duchy’

IN A prime example of old-time railway working, prompt action on the ground by those responsible saved passengers on the Railway Touring Company’s ‘Royal Duchy’ a much-delayed journey home from Par to Bristol, on Sunday, September 2.

Running behind Bulleid 4-6-2 No. 34052 Lord Dowding (34046 Braunton) from Bristol Temple Meads to Plymouth and Par via Taunton and Exeter, the train made its final destination on time.

Bulleid 4-6-2 No. 34052 Lord Dowding (34046 Braunton) heads through Teignmouth on Monday, September 3, hauling its support coach en route from Laira to Taunton. It had ran out of coal on the previous day’s ‘Royal Duchy.’ STEPHEN GINN

After dropping the passengers, the 4-6-2 proceeded to St Blazey for turning and servicing. However, for whatever reason, the expected fresh supply of coal was not available, causing a situation which posed an operational problem.

Without a tender top-up, the engine would not be able to work the train back to Bristol because of a lack of sufficient fuel.

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