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From 16 to 24 February 2013 the South Devon Railway held a Winter Gala during which 5542 was working.

Our loco finally appeared in public service with fully operational Auto Gear on both ends of the loco, albeit slightly delayed by earlier operational difficulties resulting in final checks requiring access to Buckfastleigh's 'pit' facilities being unavailable as planned. However an hour later all was declared 'fit to run' so a small piece of Preservation railway history was made on the 2.2pm departure from Totnes Riverside when a 55xx 'sandwich' autotrain was driven from an Autotrailer at the 'smokebox' end for the first time since the early 1960's. The two all maroon carriages made a tremendous sight as they travelled alongside the River Dart in glorious sunshine. Some pictures of the day's proceedings below.  More photos added 02/03/2013, scroll down to see them!

Adjusting the auto working gear

Checking it's all connected

Auto gear at smokebox end connected

Three shots of the coupling and auto gear connected at the smokebox end of 5542.

Below five photos of 5542 and autotrailers at Totnes, Buckfastleigh and out on the line.

5542 between 2 auto trailers at Totnes

5542 at Totnes

5542 and 2 trailers at Buckfastleigh

5542 leaving Buckfastleigh with 2 autos

5542 at Buckfastleigh

Photos © John Wood

5542 with single auto trailer at Totnes

Two views of 5542 with a single auto at Totnes Littlehempston on 18-02-2013 © John Leonard

5542 with single auto trailer at Totnes

Next three pics of 5542 sandwiched between auto-trailers out on the line beside the River Dart ©Martin Southwood

GWR 5542 between 2 autotrailers beside the River Dart

GWR 5542 between 2 autotrailers beside the River Dart

GWR 5542 between 2 autotrailers beside the River Dart

5542 returned to the SDR in late March for a short stay:

Here she is working the 09.00 Buckfastleigh to Totnes Passenger + Milk Service on 31/03/2013

Photo © John Leonard

 

 

 

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