Both these gentlemen were out early today, 31st May 2013, to catch the movements of the Hewlett Packard Power Car and the Fridays Oil Train. Many thanks to both of you.
The temporary vantage from a pile of 'spare earth' near the site of the original station. As the pile is in connection with works for the new roadway which will pass very close to the railway at this location it is unlikely that this view will be available for long, Note the ramins of the old loading bays in the station yard located in the foreground. This picture 30th May 2013 Copyright Roger Winnen
Travelling down from Plymouth to Redruth I noticed, at the back, a white power car on my train - the17.23 off Plymouth. Examination of the power car as it left Redruth showed it to be a very light grey, in fact the Hewlett Packard company colour as can be found on their PC's, printers and other equipment. On arrival home, a quick phone call to Roger, resulted him 'hot footing' it to Penzance station. From the wall he took several pictures of the train in the station and it leaving for Long Rock. Not an unattractive livery but one wonders what the next brand name will be?
Throughout the year the society visits various railway events with the bookstall, it's good publicity and brings in valuable income to the coffers.
Many thanks to all members who have manned the stand in the past. Included is a picture of our stand at the Hayle Model Railway exhibition over the weekend of . Manning the stand that day were Roger Winnen and Tony Goulding - our retired booksales officer who nevertheless comes back from time to time to help out - many thanks Tony.
On Wednesday afternoon 29th May 2013 whilst visiting relatives at Hayle I glimpsed what appeared to be a white leading power car on the 16.44 off Penzance. Any ideas? (For answer look at Roger Winnens pictures of 30th May 2013)
A small bridge over the Hayle Wharves branch which as been closed to the public for a number of years has very recently been reopened. Here's Rogers picture for which many thanks.
Many thanks to John Roberts for drawing our attention to the Transport Briefing dated 15th May 2013 and in particular the following extract.
Devon Metro station obtains government funding
Four new railway stations will be delivered using money from the government's £20m New Stations Fund with Newcourt in Devon benefiting along with the three sites announced earlier this year (TB 9181).
The successful bids confirmed this week are:
- Newcourt, Devon, where the Department for Transport will pay for around half of the scheme, which is expected to cost in the region of £1.5m
- Ilkeston, Derbyshire, which will receive over £4.5m of DfT funding towards a scheme costing over £6.5m
- Lea Bridge, London Borough of Waltham Forest, which will receive more than £1m towards a scheme worth in excess of £6.5m
- Pye Corner, Newport, which will receive over £2.5m towards a project costing over £3.5m
Newcourt station will be built on the Exmouth branch line between Digby and Sowton and Topsham. The new station will have a single platform and shelter, ticket machine, cycle parking and CCTV. Train frequencies are due to be increased later this month when the summer rail timetable begins with the new station set to be served by a half hourly local service.
Devon County Council approved provisional plans for Newcourt at the end of last year with the station forming part of the wider Devon Metro initiative (TB 8956). However, the new station is likely to increase pressure to find additional rolling stock for the Exmouth line. In recent months local residents using the line have reported being unable to board trains due to overcrowding.
Scheme sponsor Devon County Council will now work with Network Rail to finalise the Newcourt station plans with the new station planned to open before the end of 2014.
Newcourt station will be on the site of the former MOD sidings - has anybody a picture of these please??
A road/rail machine spotted in platform 4 at St Erth station.
Craig sent in a variety of shots taken from Trencrom Hill and left the choice to me. A difficult decision! So below are two shots of Hayle Causeway one from on high and one much lower down.
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