30709 1958-06-24 Exeter St Davids
LSWR T9 class 4-4-0 No 30709 leaves Exeter St.Davids with a slow for Templecombe on June 24, 1958.
Peter Kerslake says "One of Exmouth Junction's T9s has been given a clear signal for the steep 1 in 36 ascent up from St. Davids to Central station, doubtless having worked down from the North Devon line or from Plymouth Friary via Okehampton, and it will have joined the main Western Region line a few miles back at Cowley Bridge Junction.
Although not visible there will be a banking engine at the rear to assist up to Central as a number were always stationed at the far end of St. Davids ready for banking duties."
Photo: John P. Wilson/Rail Archive Stephenson