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October 2005
 Vintage VRs
   Transforming Travel in Devon and Cornwall
Just resting
Reports of the death of First Devon and Cornwall VRs has been greatly exaggerated.   Still operating in summer 2005 were this motley collection of elderly citizens.

Tired and Tested
This VR (top) has not been abandonned in the field but is in fact providing additional park and ride at Padstow.   Although new vehicles have been delivered for the Torpoint ferry service, several VRs linger on (right).   First have almost completely withdrawn from Newquay apart from a couple of elderly VRs that operate to the holiday camps on the outskirts of the town, until 3am in the morning on Saturdays and Sundays in the summer (both middle).   The route from Dartmouth to Plymouth meanders along scenic Slapton Sands where this VR is seen on a brilliant day in July (below).
Vintage VRs
All photos taken in July and August 2005.   Click to enlarge.
Photo Facts (top to bottom)
First Devon & Cornwall 38928 (XHK228X) at Padstow
First Devon & Cornwall 38844 (LFJ844W) at the Torpoint Ferry
First Devon & Cornwall 38747 (AFJ747T) in Newquay
First Devon & Cornwall 38760 (AFJ760T) in Newquay
First Devon & Cornwall 38762 (AFJ762T) at Torcross
Riverlink operate this open top VR (WTU467W) on a service from Paignton to Totnes (where it is seen)
First Devon & Cornwall
The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow
Owned by TV chef Rick Stein, there is no better way to pamper yourself in Cornwall.   Not as formal as you'd expect, but the food lives up to its promise.
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