Shepton Mallet; 40564 & 73047 on Up ‘Pines Express’, 29-03-61; G A Richardson



Fowler 2P Class No. 40564 (built 1928) and BR Standard Class 5 No. 73047 (built 1953) depart with the Pines Express for the final part of the climb to Masbury summit from Shepton Mallet (Charlton Road) on Wednesday 29 March 1961. The rain was starting to fall ahead of a heavy shower.

The Pines Express always stopped at Shepton Mallet in the Up direction except on summer Saturdays; however, it never stopped there in the Down direction.

Ray Stokes and Robin Gould, of Templecombe depot, are on 40564. Ray Stokes appears near the end of the BBC’s 1984 programme Return to Evercreech Junction. Robin gave 55 years of service to the railways and a Class 47 locomotive was named after himRobin of Templecombe.

Photo by G A Richardson. Copyright S&DRT. Our ref. WSHSD_2022_14_439.

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