6808 1956-08-05 Plymouth
The heavily loaded 12 noon " North Mail " from Penzance , the 3.45.p.m. from Plymouth to Liverpool/Manchester, sets off from Plymouth North Road past the Royal Eye Infirmary with Penzance allocated 6808 ," Beenham Grange " helping Old Oak's 70018 " Flying Dutchman " from here to Newton Abbot over the South Devon banks, the date being 5th. August , 1956.
70018 will work through to Bristol Temple Meads , where after a short stop over at Bath Road shed it , and its footplate crew , will be rostered on a later passenger working from Temple Meads back home to Paddington .
With the introduction of the " Britannias " this duty was a regular for the Laira and Old Oak members of the class, taking over from the " Kings which had earlier been the mainstay of this working . The customary Royal Mail coach leading the formation as always will also come off at Bristol , returning to Plymouth the following morning.
The notice just visible on the railings in front of the waiting "Mogul" requests enginemen of engines waiting in the siding to remember the hospital patients in the Royal Eye Hospital on the other side of the road and to keep smoke and noise to a minimum!