British Railway Centres: No. 2 Exeter Central, Summer Saturday 1961
Probably the most detailed railway operating history produced. Full details of a Summer Saturday working during the BR steam period. Includes the full Working Timetable, Engine Diagrams, Enginemen's Workings, Locomotive Allocations,Train Formations and Carriage Workings.
One of the Southern's busiest locations and one of the most difficult to work. Exeter Central was a station where operations that would have been regarded as exceptional at any other location. were dealt with as a matter of routine. Expresses from London were broken up into sections for Plymouth, Padstow and Ilfracombe with fresh engines being provided for each whilst in the opposite directions trains arriving from the west were quickly marshalled into one service to be worked to London by a Merchant Navy Pacific. In addition to this activity. the station also dealt with a frequent branch service to Exmouth. This book not only chronicles the operations affecting the principal expresses but follows every movement made at the station on a summer Saturday; movements which included the Z 0-8-01 station pilot, the banking engines from St David's. the empty stock workings from the two carriage sidings and the 118 light engines that left Exmouth Junction MPD during the course of the day. The full Working Timetable is included as are engine diagrams. enginemen's workings. carriage diagrams. trains formations and a wealth of operating data that will he of value to the historian, modeller and enthusiast.
Softback, 84 pages, black & white and colour photographs
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