The 12.55 Tarka Line service from Exeter Central to Barnstaple on a Summer Saturday in August 1981(?) passing over Home Farm bridge on the approach to Eggesford.
The fish in the water tickled my feet while I was waiting for the train!
21 December 2005
Class 47 and two carriages arrive at Barnstaple to form the 14.10 departure during the early 1980's, due to shortage of rolling stock. The practice was to 'borrow' the coaches off the Exeter -Waterloo service. Some times a loco would bring the failed DMU down which had no lights and no heating! A wide variety of locos would visit the branch including class 50's with one or two coaches that just happen to fall off a passing Waterloo service. It was not unknown for the station supervisor at Exeter to 'fail' certain Waterloo carriages due to lack of toilet roll or suchlike and send them off down the withered arm. Most of the rolling stock shortage was due to the poor class 142 (Skippers) performance.
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Welcome to Tarkaman: Pictures a little text - not too much as pictures speak louder than words.
The name is taken from the Henry Williamson novel but related to a small country railway branch line in deepest Devon England. Rural pictures, railways and some people and buildings - I love different angles and obscure viewpoints - a big fan of reverse logic and Chaos Theory, I can vouch for creating much chaos but very little theory. I'm well travelled, been around the globe a few times and now it looks like I'm going to have to settle down. An old boy am I, too late to learn new tricks but does try. Proud of my award winning photography - for every good picture there are 20,000 duff one's - well it seems like it!
More to come in the future but as time is slipping by faster as I get older it will be a slow progress. Come and visit again -you never know, I might have have done something right.
PS the otter - his name is Midge as in Gavin Maxwell's novel.