Until I saw this picture, taken early, very early on Monday morning I didn't realise just how far round the sun rose. Illuminating the up side is quite amazing.
Perranwell Station is the name of the village which nestles in the valley below the Falmouth branch - trains going to the left are Falmouth bound and those to the right are for Truro. Perranwell Station Station is about a third of a mile up the hill that commences at the right hand bend in the road. N.B. There was another Perranwell on a Cornish branch line but not another station with the name. Perranwell viaduct was between Perranporth and Goonhavern.
Hi Keith , On Thursday 23 April 2015 the West Briton reported that planning permission has been granted by Cornwall Council to Mr. Andrew Robertson for a cafe, kitchen and toilet in the forecourt of Penryn Station. Quite by chance we travelled to Penryn by train on the same day and spotted another facility in the forecourt of the station in the shape of a mobile bank. Car parking now costs £1.30 a day, which is relatively cheap by modern British standards. On our return journey our train on the branch consisted of 2 x 153s. Pictures attached. Best wishes Mike Many thanks Mike.
The Great Britain Day 2 A report by Roger Winnen, Keith Jenkin, Craig Munday, Trevor Tremethick and David Tozer..
Drump Lane Footbridge used to be a fascinating spot to watch shunting in the yard underneath the bridge but now with the yard gone and trees taking over the eastern aspect it's not so good. 66122 passes in front of the view of a distant Carn Brea. The signalbox at Drump lane was on the up side of the track behind the first coach of the train. 10.46 29th April 2015 Copyright Keith Jenkin
Day 1 Of the Great Britain 8 Railtour saw 70000 Britannia top and tailed by 66122 arrive at Exeter St David's from London Victoria via the West London Extension through Kensington Olympia, down the Berks and Hants with water stops at Newbury Racecourse and Frome. Much of this years tour will be diesel hauled owing to operational problems affecting West Coast Railway Co.
GB 8 Railtour flashes through Stoke Cannon David Tozer
Evening Keith, The Cornish leg of the GB8 tour was diesel hauled due to the WCR operating constraints. DBS class 66/0 no. 66122 was provided and worked the train from Exeter St Davids on 28th April 2015. The train is seen emerging from Buckshead Tunnel on the outskirts of Truro. A class 150 (102) was pictured eastbound with 2E88.
The cutting has only recently had the vegetation cleared, but see how quickly the flowers flourish? The bluebells and primroses look pretty against the brooding tunnel mouth.
Taken with the land owners full permission. Best wishes Craig
Many thanks Craig, very interesting to get a private view of the tunnel mouth, and the train as well.
Nearing the end of its run to Penzance as the Great Britain 8 approaches Marazion. A report by Roger Salter
Dear Sirs, As I'm sure you are aware, the Saltash railway station buildings are currently in private ownership and in a state of disrepair. The current owner is rumoured to be planning an application to build 4 x 4 storey dwellings on the site, and this will obviously mean demolition of the old railway station buildings. Some of us think this would be a shame, so will be objecting should such an application for demolition be placed.
An online petition has been started in the hope that it may assist our cause should such a the time come. I have attached the link herewith in case any of your members would like to sign it.
Hi Keith, A long day at Penzance was rewarded with a visit from the VSOE set hauled by two class 67s from DBS. Royal locos 67005 & 67026 made a fine sight in the sunshine, which eluded other parts of Cornwall until much later on. The first picture is the down sleeper arriving at Penzance on the 25th April with 57604.
Cheers Craig. Many thanks Craig.
It always gives me great pleasure to receive offers of pictures and stories of life on the railways none less that the experiences of Ian Bunnett who for quite a short time worked on the Somerset & Dorset quickly gaining a position on the footplate as fireman, something we’d all like to have done.
Ian says :- “I started work at the age of sixteen on 4th June 1962. They took me on as a cleaner and then I became a fireman.
March 7th 1966 is a date I remember well says Ian. My eldest son was born on that day so it’s a day I’ll never forget. It was also a quiet day on the S & D – it had died, the last trains, enthusiasts specials, had run on Sunday the 6th March and the last public trains on the 5th. (March the 7th is the day after the last trains ran on the Somerset and Dorset, the final public service day had been on March 5th)
During those almost four years working on the S & D Ian had a lifetimes experience which many of us would envy. He was teamed up with Driver John Stamp and had a very great respect for this gentleman who passed away a few years ago.
After Green Park station had shed closed Ian got a job on the permanent way which he suffered for a time but nothing could replace the footplate for Ian and sadly he left the railways in 1969. One of his jobs was as a Newspaper packer travelling on the 02.15 from Paddington to Bristol (most days he’d finished packing and was able to get off at Bath) and it was through this contact that he struck up friendships with drivers from Old Oak Common. With these contacts he somehow secreted himself on to the footplate of a high speed train and during the journey the driver (Now it can be said) offered him a go!
This is also a tribute to Ian’s mentor, the late, John Stamp who was not only an excellent driver, but also a fine friend and a keen and expert photographer. Most of the rare photographs you will see added to this site are the work of the late John Stamp. We are most grateful to Ian for passing on his memories and allowing his collection of photographs to be used.
Over the next few weeks Ian’s photos and stories will be added to the website.
We continue in the Features Section with a collection with some snow scenes in the winter of 1963
We cannot start off our collection of Ian's pictures without this one from his collection, taken by Driver John Stamp's camera of 34057 Biggin Hill. The two gentlemen are Driver, the late John Stamp, teamed up for the day with fireman T. Davis. The late John Stamp was Ian's driver from whom he learnt a lot during his short time on the footplate. John was also an expert cameraman who developed his own pictures. Copyright Driver, the late John Stamp
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