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Devon Group trip to Calstock and Gunnislake. Wednesday 31st July

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After a change of plan due to summer timetable connection complications, the destination for this trip was not Newquay but the scenic Tamar Valley Line from Plymouth to Calstock. Lunch and then onto Gunnislake.

A good turnout today with 11 of us on the trains from Barnstaple, to Exeter. From there to Tiverton Parkway for coffee, and on to Plymouth for a pre-lunch beer before the 12:54 train to Calstock.

1. Lunch was at the Tamar Inn at Calstock. Having joined by Julian and Lindsay Palmer from Plymouth, all of us were seated on one long table enjoying another beer prior to the arrival of our meals.

2. The most popular meal for almost everyone was fish and chips with mushy peas.

3. The only odd-one-out was Dave Drayson (in striped top) who ordered a special burger instead!

4. Back at Calstock station after a heavy shower, the group awaits their next train.

5. The branch-line train was a Class 150 seen here at the terminus at Gunnislake.

6. Everyone enjoying their ride along the Tamar Valley.

7. & 8. The connection from Plymouth to Exeter went ok, but alas we were forced to wait an hour at Exeter for the 19:00 Barnstaple train - so yet another excuse for a stroll up to the Imperial Wetherspoons pub for a final pint outside in the warm evening sunshine!!

Next trips:

Sunday 18th August: Okehampton and Meldon Viaduct (Dartmoor Railway). Depart Barnstaple 0958 train. Devon Day Ranger ticket.

Wednesday 11 September TBC. By car to Launceston Steam Railway to see Adrian Shooter's Darjeeling Himalayan Railway 'B' class 0-4-0ST No.778 steam locomotive in action.

All welcome contact Nigel Thompson for further details.

Words and photos by Nigel Thompson.


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