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 Posted: Mon Mar 19th, 2018 12:25 am
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Today, my first day on Staverton Box on the S.D.R., I didn't bargain for this!



The 1100 down approaching the crossing from Totnes Riverside, my footprints in the snow. With the latches and bolts obscured by the sticky snow I had a few trapped fingers and thumbs to contend with.



Drawing into the platform, I wait until it has pulled both carriages clear of the end of the platform [so that a passenger won't get out onto the sloping end, and, today, probably end up sliding down to the road level pretty smartly] and then reopen the gates to the road traffic, i.e. 'close them'. Clear?



A quick photo' opportunity, then back in the box for a warm-up!



As the day went on and snow blocked point blades and prevented signals being pulled off, some unusual movements were needed, even propelling a down 4-coach set back complete with passengers from the Bishop's Bridge loop so that it could return to Buckfastleigh via the other side of the loop which was still negotiable.

As my mentor [and lift to B'leigh] was concerned about getting home with the increasingly heavy snow-fall, we packed up earlier than the 1700 shift end, leaving the crossing in the hands of a local man.

A wise move, for this was the road back to B'leigh where I had left my car for the journey home to Ivybridge.



Oh, Glorious sunny Devon....

As I got into my car, a couple with two wet happy children thanked me for a 'wonderful day', made it all the more worthwhile.

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 Posted: Mon Mar 19th, 2018 12:49 am
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What wonderful photographs Doug and they bring back very happy memories of living just up the road from you when just a lad, with snow and extra long school holidays every single winter.

You must be enjoying such ready access to a wonderful railway. I know I would and would also get involved with the SDR. Lucky chap!

A lovely post.

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Thanks Bill, I think the first picture would make a really difficult jigsaw puzzle!

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Those are fantastic photos!



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I don't know about a jigsaw, Those first four are Christmas card material   :thumbs  Lufly
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Chubber wrote: Thanks Bill, I think the first picture would make a really difficult jigsaw puzzle!

Doug

Totally agree with you there Doug, what do you think Alan?

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Your wish is my command. It will take ages with all that white.



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Haha, top man, cheers Alan,

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Sorry to all the j'saw addicts...tee-hee!!
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Yes, excellent photos Doug and I'm surprised the line was up and running in all that snow because here in Okehampton (which you'll know is only a few miles away as the crow flies) almost everything has come to a stop and I can't even get out of the front door!!!


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