© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2011
In January 1978, three specials ran
nearby on successive weekends. All
three were "farewell" excursions - two
of them hauled by class 24s, and one
hauled by class 44 008 "Penyghent".
There was nothing else much going on,
so we went out to have a look.
14 January: Allscott
service train preceding the special was
formed of a 3-car class 120 DMU and
another 2-car unit. Not something I would
normally have bothered with, but like
many such shots, I'm glad now that I did.
The special is headed by 24 082 (I think) and another member of
21 January - Allscott
Same location as
the previous week - but the train is
heading the other way. Weather not much
improved since last week!
28 January - Hookagate
Carrying a "Cambrian Coast Express"
headboard (for “headboard” read “sticker”), we snapped this
special near Hookagate, with leading locomotive 24 087., The
track in the foreground is on the formation of the late Shropshire
and Montgomeryshire line, serving the
long-welded rail depot.
The farewells proved to be a little
premature - members of both classes were
still in action over two years later. I don't
remember too many complaints though....