A 'Noah's Ark' on wheels rolled out of Dyce Station, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, Mar 29. A?
GV.PAN.Of Blair farm and dwellings.
LV. Furniture loading into lorry.
SCU. Bull being tethered.
LV. Bull moved rope around bull's head.
STV. Bull coaxed into cattle lorry.
SV. Cattle towards cattle lorry.
SV. Cattle into cattle lorry.
SV. Back door of lorry locked.
LV. Cattle lorry leaves farm.
SV. Farmer and family leave farm.
GV. Another lorry through countryside.
TV Cattle lorry arrives at Dyce station.
SV. Cattle into railway truck.
SV. Trucks shunted and connected.
LV. Cattle trucks shunted out of station.
SV. More cattle off loaded from lorry
STV. Loading into railway truck.
TV. Train shunts out of station.
STV. Ditto - farm equipment on trucks.
SV. Farmer Cowan and family on platform.
LV. Equipment on train as it leaves.
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Background: A 'Noah's Ark' on wheels rolled out of Dyce Station, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, Mar 29. A special 300-yard long train of thirty-five wagons and one passenger coach, was taking Scottish farmer Bob Cowan, his family, 170 dairy cows, a prize bull, 200 hens, many tons of farm machinery and implements, household furniture and the family car on a 625-mile journey to pastures new ... to a farm Bob last year at Tavistock, Devon, England.
With two scheduled stops enroute to enable the cows to be milked, the thirty-six hour journey is said to be the "largest and longest journey of its kind ever undertaken by British Railways".
Last December, 48-year old Bob bought the Devonshire farm because English winters are less severe and the lush grass is more beneficial to dairy cows. Rather than sell his stock of prize winning Ayrshire cattle, Bob decided to take them with him. He approached British Railways, and planes were made for "Operation Noah's Ark' at a cost of several hundred pounds.
For three days prior to departure, British Railways trucks trundled along the twisting road from Bob's farm at Blair, Fintray, seven miles from Dyce.
When Bob followed his wife and two children out of the farmhouse on Mar 29, he closed the door and a fifteen-year old chapter of his life of hard work.