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Old rivals

In the West country there was a great deal of rivalry between the London & South Western and the GWR, especially over the Atlantic traffic and in 1906 an accident at Salisbury, to a non-stop Plymouth – Waterloo Atlantic liner service, in which 28 people were kiled, led the London & South Western, subsequently, to stop all London bound trains at Salisbury. There was a stop for an engine change at Templecombe, but not for passengers, prior to this.

A couple of years earlier, in 1904, it was on one of the GWR’s Trans-Atlantic services that the did she didn’t she reach 100mph saga with No.3440 City of Truro began. After 1906 and the opening of the Reading – Taunton route the GWR had the advantage of a more direct route than the one via Bristol; and there have been some suggestions that the driver of the LSWR express, in 1906, had been trying to prove that they could still compete. However, there is little direct evidence to support this.

In my own time on the Southern, during the 1960s, I worked an LCGB rail tour from Waterloo to Exeter and back which was booked to run non-stop Waterloo to Yeovil and Yeovil to Waterloo. We did run through Salisbury on the down run but, on the return we were checked by signals as we approached. The non-stop running was a ‘special dispensation’ and we had a footplate inspector, Arthur Jupp, along with us all the way there and back.  The driver was ‘Spot’ King and our engine was No.35022 Holland-America Line.

The photograph shows B-o-B Class 4-6-2 No.34053 Sir Keith Park at Kinchley Lane, during the Great Central Railway’s ‘Southern Gala’ earlier this year.

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Southern Banker

30955exeterDesigned by Maunsell, built at Brighton, these engines first saw light of day in 1929, thanks to the ‘Great Depression’ of 1930 only 8 were built, though the intention was to build more. The Z class 0-8-0s were a bit of a hotch-potch utilising, as they did, a ‘standard’ Marsh C 3 class boiler, and having 3 cylinders with a ‘novel / one-off’ design for the inside cylinder motion. However, they did prove reasonably successful and lasted into the 1960s, finishing their days on banking duties between Exeter Central and Exeter St.Davids.

When new the Z class were used on heavy shunting duties and inter-yard movements in the London area around Hither Green and Norwood Jct, they also did similar work at Eastleigh and Exmouth. During my own time on the Southern I visited all these depots, Hither Green and Norwood Jct, during my brief spell at  72A Stewarts Lane, the others whilst I was at 70A Nine Elms. The visit to Exmouth was on 28th February 1965 when I worked the LCGB’s East Devon Rail tour, running Yeovil non-stop.

During WWII, in 1942, three of the Z class were sent to Scotland where they remind for six months, ‘helping the war effort’. In 1955 No.30955 was allocated to 74A Ashford, in 1960 she moved to Exmouth and she is seen here at Exeter, waiting for her next duty.

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