Friday, 3 August 2012

A Call In At Buckfastleigh...

Hi guys. On the way home from Torquay we decided to call in briefly at the South Devon Railway: home of 3803 which we currently have at Shackerstone. Based at Buckfastleigh, the SDR runs for around 7 miles alongside the River Dart. We parked up before walking over the footbridge. A train had just arrived, hauled by the pretty Collett 0-6-0 No3205. Having pulled off her train the 0-6-0 ran round before coupling back up to the coaches again.
I had a quick look over the Collett before it left at 11:30am. It looked very nice to work on. The inside Stephensons link motion was easily accessible under the boiler barrel from the running plate.
3205 Runs Round at Buckfastleigh
3205 - Built in 1946

Having watched 3205 chug away towards Totnes we had a look in the sizeable museum. There was alot on offer from railwayana to historic vehicles, locomotives and photographs.
A Quick Shot of the Museum
Peckett 0-4-0ST "Ashley" is cosmetically restored and with her accessible cab gives a good insight into the controls and workings of a basic steam locomotive. I did have a bit of a 'pretend drive' - I will admit - lovely little loco.
"Ashley" - Built November 1942
The Station Shop was also well worth a look, even including a sizeable 00 gauge model railway. We've travelled on the SDR in the past so didn't do so today but we did enjoy our short visit - a very nice litte railway indeed. Cheers guys. Sam.

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