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Date modified29-Jun-15 17:00
70016  2-6-2T 1956-09-15 Plymouth

70016 2-6-2T 1956-09-15 Plymouth

On what is possibly the 15th Septmber 1956 my picture shows a very unusual pairing of motive power due almost certainly to a shortage of locomotives available at Laira shed. This must be a Saturday and 70016 is coupled ahead of a tank engine on an exceptionally heavily loaded relief express as they set off from Plymouth North Road. The load is clearly well over the maximum for an unassisted Britannia over the South Devon banks and, conforming with regulations, the pilot engine, being a 2-6-2T, has been correctly coupled inside the train engine rather than ahead of it. There will have to be a bit of sorting out when they reach Newton Abbot from where 70016 work onwards on its own. Confirmed from a further look at my records as being the 15th. September1956 this is undoubtably a relief to the earlier running 3.45.p.m. North Mail West to North express with the assisting engine unusually, but correctly, coupled inside 70016 by virtue of the fact that it is a 2-6-2 engine and not one of the customary 4-6-0 classes associated with such piloting duties. Operating Regulation in force at this period in time would only permit such a Tank engine to be coupled ahead of the train engine for a maximum of twelve miles, and this one is going to work further than that through to Newton Abbot. 70016 Ariel had been through Crewe Works for overhaul in June of this same year. The two air compressors show that work is underway at the site of the old Mutley station