SDR 50th Anniversary
Back in April 2019 the South Devon Railway (SDR) celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Re-opening of the Line.
Before Line Closed
On the 3rd November 1958 the last passenger train ran on the line. The freight trains continued until the 7th September 1962 then the railway line closed.
On the 5th April 1969 the line reopened by running there first passenger train.
During the celebration week of Saturday 6th April to Sunday 14th April, they had a nice amount of trains working including visiting steam locos from other heritage railways.
SDR locos: GWR 0-6-0PT No: 6412, GWR 2-6-2T No: 5526, D3721 (09010) and D6501 (33002)
Visiting locos: GWR 0-6-0PT No: 9466, GWR 0-6-0PT No:1501, GWR 0-6-0PT No: 6430 and Andrew Barclay 0-4-0 No: 1219
With all these trains running it made the railway very busy for the week. I went out with my camera over a couple of days to different locations. Wherever I went there was always other photographers there. It just goes to show how popular steam train photography is today.
I took this photograph at the Royal Mile, which is at the Totnes Riverside end of the line. I have been to this spot hundreds of times as I like the length of the straight track.
With other photographers already at this location I was lucky enough to stand in the spot I wanted to. I am very pleased with this photo, I hope that you like it too.
GWR 0-6-0PT No: 6412 is seen at the Royal Mile on the South Devon Railway working the 10.20 Totnes Riverside to Buckfastleigh service on the 6th April 2019 during the 50th Anniversary of the Re-opening of the Line.
Please take a look at my South Devon Railway photo page to view this photo larger and to see other photos.
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