Strange bedfellows find sanctuary at Sharpness

THIS pairing is perhaps reminiscent of a scene from a Thomas the Tank engine story – the diesel shunter and a light ship.

Both are in temporary storage at Sharpness Docks, Gloucestershire, just a few yards from the embryonic Vale of Berkeley Railway’s loco shed.

However, the 0-4-0DH (Ruston & Hornsby 418793 of 1957) is not connected with the railway project as it is en route from the South Devon Railway, which it left last year, to an undisclosed location.

Making an unusual backdrop, decommissioned Light Vessel No. 23 Planet is impounded in the docks following removal from its berth in Liverpool on September 24 for financial reasons. It had served as a cafe/bar. Picture: PETER NICHOLSON

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