This dvd, Cab Ride No.04, was recorded from the cab of (Class Fifty/Fifties) Class 50 No. 50022 on 16th April 1985 on the 09.25 Paddington to Penzance train from Exeter St. Davids to Plymouth.
At the time of the run Exeter St. Davids was in the process of being resignalled. The East end works had been completed some ten days beforehand and during the preceding weekend the West end semaphore signals had been stripped of their arms. The replacement colour light signals were operative, but the track layout they were to control had not altered. Flagmen were used to control traffic movements and we departed past a red signal.
The train was booked to depart Exeter at 12.22 and arrive at Plymouth at 13.29. However, the 06.28 HST from Bradford was running late and it was arranged for us to stop at Newton Abbott to make a connection with this train. Our Plymouth arrival was at 13.50.
We would like to thank the Western Region Public Affairs department for arranging this trip and all the train crew involved.
Please note there is no commentary other than cab conversations which are not always audible above locomotive sounds.
Approx. 59 minutes.