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[Photoplug] Marlow Donkey, 1973

Discussion in 'Steam Traction' started by wcmlbls1846, Nov 24, 2020.

  1. wcmlbls1846

    wcmlbls1846 Member

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    Here are eight photos by Les Tindall of this event, which commemorated the centenary of the Marlow branch.

    It starred 1450, 6101 and 6998.

    I believe this was the first time they had steamed on the mainline in preservation - please can anybody confirm or correct?

    https://andrewstransport.smugmug.com/LesTindalls1970sBritishtrains/Marlow-Donkey-1973/i-bR7KGx6

    Andrew N
     
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    I don't think 6106 had been out of Didcot since it arrived there in late '67, but 6998 had done its first railtour the year before. I believe 1450 was a last-minute substitute for a sick 1466!

    Interesting photos, anyway!
     
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    1st July 1973 it did a run to Oxford with 6998 and 3 coaches. I’m looking at the photo of it now in Great Western Revival by Hugh Ballantyne. Caption says it was a running in turn.
     
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    Yes I'd forgotten it had been to Oxford, in my defence this was way before my time! I think there was talk of it doing a railtour around this time. There were also plans for a tour with 5322 during this period, while it was based at Caerphilly.
     
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    Speechless! I have always sworn I could remember seeing an auto train, a GWR auto train, and a 'big train', but I wasn't born until 1971, and my dad didn't take me to Didcot until I was 5 or 6. After seeing this, I asked mum, and she vaguely remembers that my grandad took me to Bourne end- so a couple of days from my 2nd birthday, I guess it made an impression!
     

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