As the leaf fall season now getting off to a very late start, part of our duties is to make reactive & proactive rail head checks. One troublesome area is between Par & Milltown on the UM. There is a Traction Gel Applicator (TGA) machine here, and at other strategic locations in the Duchy.
The machine is a metal tub full of gel (a sandy, sticky substance) next to the track, and pipes to deliver it to the railhead for each passing train. The TGA can be seen on the Up side with its own solar panel power pack.
I had a couple of trains to pass before I could obtain a blockage to gain access to the track, so caught some lucky sunshine for 1C77 Padd - Penzance, and later saw 2C47 pass on the down. In between this 6P24 ran early from Parkandillack, so a broadside shot was obtained from the bare field further up the line. It made an awesome sight grinding up hill with 66023 working hard to pull the 38 CDAs up to Treverrin at around 8mph, which allowed me to rattle off a sequence of shots!
Kind regards, Craig Munday
Very many thanks indeed for your time and trouble getting out and about on our behalf, we learn something new every day.
I am very fond of your magnificent site and extremely grateful that so many precious images have been saved.
I wonder if any of your members have images of the occasion in, I think, December 1967, when the Great Western Society’s 6998 Burton Agnes Hall and 1466 plus some coaching stock appeared at North Road station Plymouth on their way from Totnes Quay to Didcot. I believe they came to Laira for a check over and for turning to face Didcot.
I would be most pleased to see photos of this rare event. I was there but only 8 years old.
With kind regards, Nick Trudgian
4th November 2016
Just back from the Sulzer Day of the South Devon Railway diesel gala - featuring D7612 and D6501 from the home fleet, with 24081 visiting from the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway.
Best Regards John Many thanks John
(From up the pole with)