5542 on the first train of the day


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5542 prepares to run the first auto train of the day between Buckfastleigh and Totnes. Such a train can be driven from either the locomotive footplate or the driving cab of the auto coach, thus the locomotive does not need to uncouple and run around the carriage in order to make the return journey.

5542 on shed and raising steam

The fireman climbs aboard to check on the progress of steam raising

With steam pressure established 5542 backs off shed with the cylinder drain cocks open to clear any condensation

5542 and a single auto coach back out of the yard

5542 pulls forward into the departure platform

The driving cab of the auto coach, the drivers hat hangs on the regulator handle. All the controls are linked to the engine via metal rods running beneath the carriage and the engine

The driver puts in place the correct headlamp code for a branch auto train

The signalman hands over the single line token to the fireman on the departing train

5542 heads off towards Totnes



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Nov 12, 2010
Love the first one for the rivets (if that's the right word?) and the sheets of metal, and love the last one for the composition - so much to see, such a sense of immersion into that part of the world!


Nov 5, 2010
W. Australia
Barrie, these are very good. I couldn't help noticing the driver's leather bag and thinking how this might be converted to a camera bag. I imagine you are going to have a lot of fun with the black and white features of Sigma Photo Pro 5.5.


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Dec 6, 2011
Lived by a train yard when I grew up, one the largest in the midwest.. loved to hang out back there as a kid and watch the trains, every so often a really old one would be there, wheels bigger than I was. Love these photos, nearly like reliving my own past.


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Mar 27, 2013
Wasn't expecting these to be so good when I looked at the thread title


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