1361 1959-06 Plymouth Keyham
Peter Kerslake says - What a delightful picture of Laira's 1361 hard at work here at what was then the very busy Keyham station , immediately adjacent The Royal Naval Barracks at H.M.S.Drake and to Devonport Naval Dockyard , and situated between Plymouth and the Tamar Bridge .
That looks like a Naval Ambulance on the extreme left , and the Ford is where many sailors would leave their cars covered for protection whilst they were awy at sea , in an unofficial parking area .
It was here that on one the " Hall " class was destroyed by a bomb during the last war , but I 've forgotten which one it was !
Further efforts by myself have shown that the unfortunate locomotive destroyed by an enemy bomb here at Keyham station on 29th. April , 1941 was 4911 , " Bowden Hall " .
The absence of this number in the Ian Allan " ABC 's " gave rise , I recall , to much speculation by the " spotters " in the ' fifties " , with many wild stories behind its absence , but the truth was , of course , as above .
A " Near Miss " from a German aircraft launched bomb , certainly intended for the adjacent Royal Naval Dockyard here at Devonport , resulted in 4911 being severely damaged although its footplate crew happily survived .
Following its subsequent removal to Swindon , 4911 was considered too badly damaged for repair , being officially condemned on 10th. June , 1941 after a life of just twelve years.