My sincere apologies to Mike Morant for failing to enter up the following pictures he sent me in January. An oversight I'm afraid, perhaps due pressure of various other things maybe - anyway enjoy these rare views from Mikes extensive collection. They have also been entered up in the relevant section. KJ
LCGB: Somerset & Dorset Rail Tour 5/3/66 This tour ran on the penultimate day for the S & D and is notable for being the only known occasion when that railway played host to a Merchant Navy pacific and also the exquisite sight of spotless double-headed Bulleid light pacifics which took over haulage duties from Evercreech Junction to Bath followed by the return as far as Bournemouth Central. West Country no. 34006 Bude and Battle of Britain no. 34057 Biggin Hill are depicted here departing from Templecombe Upper on that last leg. [Mike Morant collection]
Former LSWR Adams designed 0415 class 4-4-2 radial tank no. 0125 at Lyme Regis in September 1933. 0125 had been built by Robert Stephenson & Co. and entered LSWR service in September 1885 as its no. 125. The zero prefix to indicate a duplicated stock number was applied in July 1911. In November 1933, shortly after this shot was taken, futher renumbering to 3125 occurred. March 1949 saw the application of its BR number 30582. Withdrawal came at Exmouth Junction in July 1961. [Mike Morant collection]
Home Counties Railway Society: Mendip Railtour 6/10/63 This tour started from Paddington with Stanier 4-6-0 no. 45552 Silver Jubilee as the motive power as far as Bristol, Temple Meads. Former GWR prairie tanks 4103 and 6148, both allocated to 82E Bristol Barrow Road shed at the time, were in charge for the next 3h 45m and took the participants to Westbury with lengthy stops at Yatton, Cheddar where this shot was taken and Wells. The Cheddar valley line had closed to passenger traffic about a month prior to this trip. [Mike Morant collection]
Many thanks Mike.
Royal Scot heads the Dartmouth Express
Has The Curse Of 37069 Happened Again??!!
For one that was looking forward to 'The Mazey Day Cornishman' railtour and being caught up in 'will it won't it' turn up at Lostwithiel with numerous things going wrong such as 069 refusing to do anything, 059 on low Amps, a brake fault with one of the coaches, go to or not going to Paignton and now talk of it not getting back to Worcester because of an engineering blockade, has the curse of 37069 happened again??!!
Now for over a hundred years there has been strong beliefs by footplate crew of locomotives that are cursed or jinxed, this could be anything from locos dropping on top of workmen whilst being constructed to crashes and tragic circumstances. Some enginemen would say poppycock laddie, whilst others would swear on their life these tails are true. Examples of locos that fall into this category are 47216/299 which BR had Immingham staff practically sworn to secrecy because a medium had predicted this loco would be involved in a horrific pile up, it later did at Wrawby Junction despite its renumbering to 299 in hope to prevent this. The loco was practically rebuilt and even then it had several misdemeanours afterwards. There have been stories of some crew when booking on and checking the roster to see 299 allocated to them, they would refuse to take it out. Great Train Robbery loco D326 (40136), has been in several scrapes including another serious one not connected with the robbery, I believe no less than five accidents in total. back to steam days when a Jubilee being constructed fell on top of a erecting shop member and killed him, this loco would never run smoothly even when it was stripped to it's last nut and bolt and reassembled with new parts its problems stayed with it to the scrap man.
Now we come to another another jinxed loco, 37069. This loco was running along the EMCL in pre TOPS days (D6769), when the driver swapped places with the secondman so he could get some road knowledge in. This took place between Northallerton and York and soon after this swap occurred a Deltic headed train in the opposite direction kicked up debre from the trackside and this flew the front cab window hitting him on the head which he died instantly. Since then 37069 has be dubbed jinxed because of unexplainable things have happened more than once such as the horn being unexpectedly blown, fire bottles discharging themselves, an airy feeling of not being alone in the cab and some drivers have even reported seeing a ghostly aberration at the controls of the loco. Which loco packed up at Worcester and refused to play ball; 37069. All the other problems since, has the curse of 37069 returned to haunt The Mazey Day Cornishman?
Regards, Karl (Friends Of Penmere Station).
Many thanks for a most interesting article Karl.
The Mazey Day Cornishman to Penzance on Saturday 24th June 2017
The downward Cornishman passed Plymouth Station at 13.38 148 mins late. It was behind 66525 and 37059. Arrived at Penzance 15.28 145 mins late.
She'd got off to a bad start leaving Worcester Shrub Hill at 06.53 late by 73 mins and at one point passing Teignmouth 167 mins late.
To give the passengers at least some time at Penzance the departure time of the Cornishman from Penzance was revised to 17.00.
Actual departure time was 17.20, late by 73 mins from the original departure time of 16.07
It passed through Redruth at 17.44
Photographs by David Tozer, Mick House, Roger Salter, Craig Munday, Andrew Triggs, Keith Jenkin and Roger Winnen
More photographs of this event can be found in the features page, May - Dec. 2017
Click here and scroll down.
Hi Keith, Here are a few pics I took at Cranmore on the East Somerset Rly today with the relaunch to service following overhaul of 2-6-2 41313. It looked immaculate. Also 2-6-0 46447 was in steam to accompany it and during the day they single headed and double headed trains, with the last one of the day being top and tailed. A goodly number of enthusiasts attended despite the Glastonbury pop festival taking place about five miles away and we could hear the music at Worthy thumping away. But our interest was definitely with the locos!!
A very enjoyable day. cheers JOHN C.
Many thanks John for sharing your pictures
For the complete selection of pictures taken on the 24th June 2017 please see our Yatton to Witham section and scroll down to Cranmore. Click here.
57604 Pendennis Castle undergoing a compressor replacement
Whilst walking the dog this afternoon along the Eastern Green Beach Penzance, Andrew Triggs came across 57604 Pendennis Castle having a compressor change. Not an everyday occurrence in West Cornwall
Many Thanks Andrew
The first visit into Cornwall of the Hitachi IEP 800 units
Much interest was shown on route to Penzance of the first Hitachi 800 Class IEP units to visit Cornwall on a test run on Thursday 22nd June, 2017. These sets were named Sir Daniel Gooch, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Queen Elizabeth 11 and Queen Victoria.
An exhibition was also staged at Penzance Station highlighting the forth coming depot extension at Long Rock together with upgrades to the signalling system between Truro and St Erth and also at Loswithiel. A mock up was also displayed on the upgrade of the sleeping car service. Many thanks to all the photographers David Tozer, Peter Murnaghan, Jamie Dyke, Julian Stephens, Craig Munday, Mike House, Keith Jenkin, Andrew Triggs, Roger Salter, Mark Lynam, D Buttivant, Richard Kitson, Sid Sponheimer & Roger Winnen
More Photographs can be found in the features pages of the Great Western IEP Train to Penzance on 22nd June, 2017
Mazey Day Cornishman
Dear Keith. I have managed to find some times for 'The Mazey Day Cornishman' in our area, which is to be hauled by a pair of DRS class 37's. There are no times in the system yet despite it running this Saturday, but then it is a Pathfinder Railtour so.
Bristol Temple Meads 08:50am
St Erth 12:50pm
St Erth 16:20pm
Bristol Temple Meads 20:55pm
Regards, Karl (Friends Of Penmere Station). Many thanks Karl
The longest day
Hi Keith, Some pictures from the Glynn Valley on the longest day of the year.
Sweltering heat graced us for a fifth day - giving unbroken sunshine once more. I knew the relatively short 12 tank 6C35 from Aberthaw was going to run round at Lostwithiel.
I captured the westbound train at St Pinnock, which fitted rather snugly on the viaduct headed by brand new Class 70 70817. Then headed to the other side of the hilltop to capture the East bound working, along with green HST set working 1A83 headed by power car 43187.
Looking forward to the first visit of the new IEP, Hitachi train on 22nd, as the evenings start to draw in again!
All the best, Craig Many thanks Craig.
IEP Train times
Dear Keith. Times are in the system for the test run tomorrow of a new Class 800 GWR IEP set to Cornwall on a test run:
North Pole LEP Depot To Penzance
Penzance To North Pole LEP Depot
Regards Karl (Friends of Penmere Station).
Many thanks Karl.
70810 at Saltash
The first rays of the morning sun catch 70810 at Saltash on Sunday 18th June 2017; the train had travelled down from Westbury the previous evening running around the long welded rail train at Lostwithiel before dropping off rails on the Up Main at St Germans. The train is seen waiting at Saltash awaiting the T3 possession to be lifted before heading back to Westbury - Alan Peters.
Many Thanks Alan.
the Gateway to Cornwall
It was announced on the local media this morning that Saltash Station has been purchased by Saltash Town Council for the sum of £165,000 and will be eventually restored to its former glory as its the Gateway to Cornwall.
Two 5 car IEPs to Penzance
A first for Cornwall
It is reported that 2 Five Car IEP units will be arriving at Penzance on Thursday morning at 11.01hrs and departing again at 12.47
Full information is now shown on realtime trains
Three Arch Bridge is about a mile west of Totnes on the steep bank.
St Erth Station
On a quiet Sunday Evening
Memories of the
Somerset & Dorset
If anybody has 'older' pictures of the Salisbury - Southampton route and would like to share them then that is the section we'll next be covering.
Tornado + 66
Out and about.
43004 had a fire which caused the Fire Brigade to attend. Which meant the up & down had to be shut to allow them to run their hose across the lines from west car park!
Many thanks to Ken Mumford and Colin Pidgeon for this report and pictures.
Yesterday at Bugle
What a contrast!
Summer Saturday at Bugle
19th June 1976
153318 failed at Looe this week, and arrangements made to assist with 150104 from main line duties. I was tasked with bringing the staff from the failed train back to Coombe no. 1 ground frame to allow the assisting unit on to the single line. One of the few occasions when the staff does NOT remain with the failed train. The three detonators certainly made a racket across the river at Looe as the assisting unit approached. Cheers Craig.
Many thanks Craig - it's great to have a report such as this from you.
Today on the WSR
A report by
Dear Keith, please find attached photographs of an event held in Wadebridge Town Hall, today, the 17th June 2017, titled 'Sir Williams Bright Idea' by Nicola Wills.
A drama was enacted, to a packed audience, in 4 scenes depicting the inception of the Bodmin and Wadebridge Railway from 1810 to 1834.
There were a number of stands including a very realistic N gauge layout of Wadebridge station.
A good time was had by all !
Best wishes Andrew
Many thanks, Andrew, for this very interesting report.
Dear Keith, I know little about St Erth footbridge beyond what you say. However... dld you know the story of Redruth footbridge? In the mid-1960s, the newly-renamed 'British Rail' established its new blue and grey corporate image and Redruth station was (I think) the first in the county to get the treatment. The footbridge carried the legend '1888' together with some decorative metal scrollwork. This was all stripped off and scrapped because it did not match with the image of a modern, go-ahead railway, leaving ugly scars and holes on the bridge. So it remained until 28th September 1987, when the bridge was listed (together with the down side waiting room , also 1888). English Heritage listing 66866. Rapid replacement of metal and scrollwork with replicas. Well, would you believe it! Roy