30757 1950s Eastleigh
The Southern's 30757 Earl of Mount Edgecumb and its sister Lord St. Levan, although officially allocated to Plymouth's Friary shed, were rarely seen in Plymouth, however, as they spent their working days on the Calstock branch running off the Southern Region line via North Dartmoor to Exeter. Being at Eastleigh in this view it would seem that 30757 has come up to the Works there for an overhaul that Friary couldn't manage, or it could be after re-allocation there in June 1956. It's interesting to see Britannia Pacific 70004 William Shakespeare in the background. Along with 70014 Iron Duke it was initially based on the Southern Region and must have used Eastleigh rather than Crewe for overhaul. It left for the Trafford Park and the LMR in July 1958. Mike Morant adds70004 was an exhibit at an Eastleigh Open Day and I took a picture of 30757 + 70004 in tandem. Trouble is, I don't recall if it was 1956 or 1957.