Bristol to Par and return
Regards, Guy Vincent.
Regards, Guy Vincent
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Past Time Rail Holiday Exp
Bristol to Par and return
Monday 1st June at
This morning (1st June 2020) I had an hour at Bristol Temple Meads in beautiful sunshine where some 'classic' traction was noted.
Regards, Guy Vincent.
Bristol TM 2) Direct Rail Services modern traction 68001 'Evolution' and 88008 'Ariadne' departing with 6Z74 0539 Crewe Coal Sidings - Bridgwater empty nuclear flask containers. Note the multiple working cable between the two locos. This was my first close-up view of a class 88 which to my mind is an upgraded class 68 with 25,000v OHL running capability. How long before one 1st June 2020 Copyright Guy Vincent
Bristol TM 3) 43187 and 43158 'Kingswear Castle' departing from platform 8 with the 2C69 0900 Cardiff Central - Taunton. Due to some kind of incident inside the Severn Tunnel this train started at Temple Meads. Visible below the cab door of the power car is a steam age survivor, the water filling equipment once used to replenish steam loco tenders and later diesel loco steam-heating boiler tanks. June 2020 Copyright Guy Vincent .
Two close-up views of the steam-age water filler equipment that survives here between platforms 8 and 10.
Regards, Guy Vincent
As usual a collection of very interesting pictures with an excellent commentary - with Many Thanks to Guy Vincent.
Many thanks Mike. It doesn't seem like 35 years ago but it is.
Colas 56 Portbury
A couple of pictures of Colas Railfreight 56087 in the sunshine at Portbury Dock on a road learning trip in connection with a coal flow from Portbury Dock to East Usk Power Station on 17th May 2013, of note is the massive M5 Avonmouth Bridge.
Between 2000 and 2001 the Portishead line was rebuilt with a short spur to Portbury Dock which is now a major port for the import of motor vehicles, the coal facility had a large bank built around to protect the cars from the coal dust, where the railway passed through a short tunnel to the loading area which can be seen in the picture although coal imports have now ceased.
Many Thanks Alan
Top & Tailed at Gwinear Rd
Around about the same time as the photo of the King at Camborne the line was closed and a class 66 no. 66213 was stationary at Gwinear Road with another 66 top and tailed with a rake of track. In the rear can be seen the the DMU destined for the Helston Railway. This 66 was later exported by DB to Euro Cargo France as many were exported to France and and DB Schenker Rail Polska Poland. Copyright Leslie Curnow
St Erth Shed
A while back, with your help, I posted a request on the CRS site with an enquiry around a mystery hut at St Erth station.
The hut was sited in the goods yard and due to there always being plenty of rolling stock present in the yard, I only had partial glimpses of it in the background of my research photos.
I have been attending Zoom meetings with a group of 2mm fine scale modellers from Durham in the north of England. Quite by chance we were joined by another group member, Dave Dunn, who after a quick search presented me with the attached photo from his personal collection.
The photo is dated July 1957, and we can clearly see the hut in question in the background. The locomotive in the foreground, 4566, was a regular performer at St Erth and it is shunting a container wagon in the bay platform. This container traffic appears to have been regular as I have several other photos featuring the same operation. It would be interesting to know what was loaded or unloaded in this operation.
The mystery of the hut's design is now solved and I'm getting on with building the model.
The hut has a sign under the left window and I'm wondering if it is signage for the company that used the hut or alternatively some other commercial signage?
The details are vague but if any CRS members can shed some light on the sign or memories of the hut's purpose are jogged by the photo they can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Well that's shed some light on the shed - many thanks to Dave Dunn and Steve Martin.
With reference to the first page on the C.R.S. website, there was nothing sinister or disorganised about the “delayed” closure date of the Kingsbridge Branch. The reason for the extra week beyond the end of the Summer 1963 service was because the Western National winter bus schedules were introduced on the following weekend, which included the linking of the 105 Salcombe – Kingsbridge and 106 Kingsbridge – Totnes routes as the 105 throughout, also the deviation of some journeys on the 103 Loddiswell route via Loddiswell Station, and school journeys required between (South) Brent and Totnes on the 128 Plymouth – Torquay route, previously provided by train (8am from Kingsbridge and the 4.15pm from Totnes).
The only printed reference was the attached circular and staff were asked to draw this to the attention of passengers on notice boards. There were no goods trains during that extra week. One of the Kingsbridge signalmen saved his copy for me which was of equal importance to riding on the last train. A friend who lived in South Brent gave me a lift back to home in Kingsbridge.
Hope you are well and keeping clear of Covid-19
Stay safe! Bryan
Many thanks for your advice and proof Bryan - now we know.
Hope you're all keeping well!
Please find attached some pics taken today (socially distanced of course) of the impressive redevelopment progress at Saltash station - personally I think it looks stunning. Best wishes, Ross Griffiths
Many thanks Ross - what a superb day.
David Ward has kindly passed on to us an article he wrote for his local railway society on that famous train. His detailed article an be seen in full by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page which takes you to 'Features' - you will need to scroll to find it. To whet you appetite here is the first page.
To see the rest of this comprehensive article please click here and scroll.
The 2007 Great Britain Railtour heads through Camborne
Then and Now
The CRS China Clay Rambler
Its now over 30 years ago that the Cornwall Railway Society ran its China Rambler on Saturday 28th April 1990. A lunch break was made at Lostwithiel where our 5 car DMU entered the former branch line platform famous for 1419 running the service from Lostwithiel to Fowey.
To the best of our knowledge the CRS China Clay Rambler was the last train to use the branch platform.
The sidings at Lostwithiel Station has seen little use over the last twenty years as the china clay trains now with over 30 wagons use the loops at the eastern end of the station.
Lunch break at Lostwithiel Station with the CRS China Clay Ramler on Saturday 28th April 1990. Copyright Roger Winnen
The same scene taken yesterday 30th May 2020 with the rails completely overgrown. Copyright Roger Winnen
Can you see yourself as the draw for the raffle which was organised by Peter Butt who can be seen addressing the multituted in hopeful anticipation. Copyright Roger Winnen
Viewed from the road crossing our train is seen stabled in the branch platform. Copyright Roger Winnen
The scene from the same view point yesterday. How things have changed. Copyright Roger Winnen
Two on the
Alan writes :-
Picture (1) With the light fading, GBRf 66719 'Metroland' is on hire to Fastline Freight at Portbury Dock being loaded with imported coal for Ratcliffe Power Station on 26th January 2009, the rail coal loading facility is well hidden from view by a large bank which prevents coal dust landing on the new stored cars!
Picture (2) Fastline Freight 66303 with a coal train from Portbury Docks to Ratcliffe Power Station stands at the end of the single line staff section at the former Ashton Gate Halt on the 2nd April 2009, the graphitised token hut can be seen on the right. Both - Copyright Alan Peters
Many thanks Alan - rare photographs of a rare working long ago.
These Laira 37s had just backed on to the rear of the 1Z21 05.15 Crewe - Fowey railtour. The tour's main loco was 40025 which had brought the train to the platforms of the carriage and washing plant between Laira and Friary. The 37s were just opening up for the climb around Lipson curve to bring the tour onto the main line.
Regards, Clive Smith
Many thanks Clive - another 'rare cop'
West Somerset Railway News.
It is not a pleasure to draw your attention to the problems which the West Somerset Railway is currently facing, however, their rescue fund is growing and there is hope. We wish them all the very best with that very fine railway. To see the press release please click here;
David also sent links to his video of D1015 returning through Camborne - unfortunately we couldn't get this link to play. However, if you would like to see D1015 climbing through Camborne with a heavy train then try the Youtube link which follows https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NQFWIwgPJw
Many thanks to David Ward.
City Basin Junction
While trawling through some slides Roger came across this chance shot of Exeter City Basin junction with its 'Plywood wonder' signalbox. Note the Bitumen tanks parked on the run round loop to Alphington Goods Depot. The chance came on the homeward run of our 'Oxford Explorer; on the 27th May 1985, a smashing 'glint' from the polished rails.
Many thanks Roger.
Making hay while the sun shines!
West Cornwall Pictures
Good Evening Keith,
I've been making the most of the good weather recently driving to locations in West Cornwall for some photos, here are a few from the last few days.
Thanks, Mark Lynam.
Many thanks Mark for your sunny spread.
Andrew Triggs in
5 shots from yesterday on another glorious day in West Cornwall, with the ongoing reduced timetable it's now dominated by our 2+4 GTi sets down our way, just like not so long ago, except shorter!
All the Best
1. 43188/094 working 2C03 07.10 Plymouth-Penzance crossing Hayle Viaduct
2. Viewed from Hayle station 150266 passes Lelant on the way to St Erth working 2A03 from St Ives
3. Viewed from Sampson Farm Overbridge, 2P09 10.15 Penzance-Plymouth with 43040/005 crossing Angarrack Viaduct
4. Clearing Gwinear Road, viewed from Sandy Lane Overbridge, GWR 43155/098 working 2P12 11.15 Penzance-Plymouth
5. Departing St Erth 2C19 10.17 Plymouth-Penzance with 43198/093, viewed from Arch Lane Overbridge
Many Thanks Andrew - a good days work.
Many thanks Paul.
I was looking through some documents the other day that I hold. When I was the programme organiser some years ago for the local railway society where I now live, I tried to widen the subjects for the programme as always said the subject of 'Railways' is endless.
Freight trains no longer do we have trains like we use to have, not like now corporate or one product loads,Oil,China Clay,Stone,Cement,Biomass,Scrap Steel, Steel Coil, Vehicles', Infrastructure or containers with the names of the major shipping companies on etc. Freight trains were a mixture of loads other than Coal, Iron Ore, Oil, or specials like Banana's or Broccoli etc. No chalk marks of the sides of wagons with far flung destinations in our nation. It might be of interest that I hold some official BR Western Region Marshalling Instructions for Through and Important Local Freight Trains. The two I hold are from 1948 and 1956. I have taken for interest sake the 2-50pm Penzance to Paddington 'C' Freight. See Images Very interesting to compare. The 1948 one is issued by the Superintendent of the Line, Gilbert Matthews. The 1956 is issued by Chief Operating Superintendent S.G.Hearn. Notice how the title of the person as slightly changed.
I thought a few members would be interested at looking at these.
Have A Good Day and Go Well? David.
Interesting reading and viewing. Two very good article's in Railway Magazine this month, Dick Blenkinsop at Ninety. Great Photographer. I remember living in Plymouth in 1974 and buying his first book. 'Shadows of the Great Western'. I bought from a stall in George Street Market who sold railway books. The second article is about 1964 9th May to celebrate sixty years of Ocean Mails a wonderful day with the last of the Castles of which 'Clun Castle 7029 is still with us. I love watching and listening to the DVD of Tom Boddington and talking to Bill Rundle one of the firemen on Clun Castle that day.
Many thanks David.
Silverton & Powderham
I will wear the camera out at this rate. The second freight in the South West the same day.
Take care. Dave.
You take care as well - many thanks to you Dave.
Not a location featured before on our site - many thanks David.
Many thanks David.
Social Distancing on Public Transport during the Coronavirus Pandemic
Last Saturday 23rd May I was able to purchase a Day Return Ticket to Gunnislake a week after being refused stating that I needed to be a key worker to travel. This information was false as the general public were permitted to travel without any restrictions.
Travelling on the 08.50 from Penzance to Plymouth, this train carried only a few passengers none wearing face masks throughout the whole journey. Passengers were asked to occupy the window seats of the Castle Class HST for social distancing. Cleanliness was most apparent on all trains and stations which was a credit to all concerned. Most toilets in Cornwall were closed, however Plymouth remained open throughout the day.
All food outlets together with WH Smith were closed as well as the waiting rooms at Plymouth however Redruth appeared to be offering a take away service from the buffet, this being a private run establishment.
Many notices were posted up for social distancing of which I have displayed in the series of photographs below and in the features section January-June 2020.
For more photographs on this subject Click Here for Features January-June 2020 and scroll down to Item 2012
47515 at Penzance
Craig Munday recently posted some pictures of 47515 at Penzance, saying it was his favourite 47. Well I hope Craig and everyone else will enjoy my picture attached of this engine at Penzance on 13th June 1986 waiting to leave with the 09.33 to Newcastle. Regards Michael Forward.
20th November 1929
Bath Junction Accident
Recently I was sorting through a box folder of old press cuttings I collected during the 1970s and 1980s, a time when local newspapers were worth reading and regularly featured items from their archives recalling incidents from the past. One such piece from the Bath & West Evening Chronicle from November 1979 looked at an accident that occurred at Bath Junction on the former Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway on 20th November 1929.
The Somerset & Dorset Railway 'Bath Extension' was a last attempt by the company to increase trade and encourage traffic to and from the Midlands to use the original line between Evercreech Junction and Bournemouth. This meant building a line 26 miles in length across the Mendips and then entering the city of Bath from the south through another substantial obstacle, the southernmost fringe of the Cotswold Hills. Two tunnels were cut through this ridge, Combe Down (1829yds) and Devonshire (440yds). Money was so short that only single bores were made, Combe Down was left mainly unlined but Devonshire required full lining with stone blocks, no doubt increasing costs. Ventilation shafts were not provided for either tunnel. Of necessity the line was steeply graded with a ruling average 1 in 100 climb from the end of double track at Midford viaduct to a point approximately 400 yards from the southern exit of Combe Down tunnel where, after a short level section it changed at the exit to a continuous 1 in 50 descent to Bath Junction where it met the Midland Railway's Mangotsfield - Bath line for the final half-mile into the terminus station, Bath Queen Square (later Green Park).
On the afternoon of Wednesday 20th November 1929 the 3.25pm Evercreech to Bath goods train consisted of loco number 89, (later 53809) running tender-first pulling 37 wagons mostly loaded with coal and a brake van. Number 89 was a Fowler-designed '7F' 2-8-0 loco with six-wheeled tender and was built by Robert Stephenson & Co at Darlington in 1925. The load of 493 tons was the maximum allowed over Masbury summit to the north of Shepton Mallet, another steep climb of up to 1 in 50. The driver, Henry Jennings, informed the guard, Christopher Wagner at Radstock that no 89 was not steaming well and as a result 13 minutes had been lost between Evercreech and Masbury summit. Wagner suggested sending a message to Wellow to hold the train there until it could be given a clear run through to Bath however in the event this did not happen and it was instead held at Midford to wait for two 'down' and one 'up' (Bath-bound) trains to pass through the single-line section from Bath. The fireman, Maurice Pearce, took advantage of the extended wait and cleared the firebox of clinker and rebuilt the fire so as to give the best chance of a good run through to Bath. The train left Midford at 613pm and by the time it reached Combe Down Tunnel, speed had dropped to around 4mph. Inside the tunnel the atmosphere was extremely unpleasant, hot and smoky and within minutes fireman Pearce was forced to wrap his coat around his head and sit down on the tender seat, coughing violently. He recalled seeing driver Jennings standing on the left side of the footplate at that point but must have soon lost consciousness as he recalled nothing more until after the incident. The guard, Wagner, realised something was wrong as speed increased on the descent towards Bath Junction and other than applying his handbrake as much as he was able there was little more he could do and as the train passed over Bath Junction at an estimated speed of about 50mph he jumped from his van.
The train derailed as it entered the goods yard with wagons soon piling up and becoming strewn across the complex. The yard inspector, John Norman, had seen the train coming in at speed and, realising a collision was inevitable had shouted a warning to other employees to get themselves clear and had then gone into the yard office. The loco derailed but ran on and struck the west end of the office resulting in the death of Inspector Norman. Also killed was a 23 year old LMS goods clerk, Sidney Jack Loder of 4 Canterbury Road, Oldfield Park. Loder had recently arrived at Green Park station by train from Gloucester where he worked and had been taking a short-cut across the yard on his way home. He was hit by a falling lamp standard that was brought down by the derailed wagons. One strange fact that later came to light was that a pencil from the office was found to have been driven for around half its length into one of the wooden sleepers.
Driver Jennings and Fireman Pearce were both removed from the wreckage alive but sadly Driver Jennings died on his way to hospital in Bath. Fireman Pearce and the guard, Wagner, were both seriously injured but fortunately survived and gave evidence to the inquiry.
On 25th November 1929 Driver Henry John Jennings (57) of 3 Lymore Avenue, Oldfield Park and the Midland Railway Goods Clerk, Sidney Jack Loder (23), were both buried in Twerton Cemetery next to the GWML west of Oldfield Park station. At the same location the S&D crosses the GWML on the brick three-arch viaduct that was rebuilt in 2016 for the now-postponed electrification project. Loder's grave is almost adjacent to the GWR spear boundary fence between the cemetery and railway line while Henry John Jennings rests behind the cemetery lodge close to the main entrance off Bellotts Road.
No 89 (53809) was soon repaired and spent the remainder of its life at work on the S&D until withdrawal from service in June 1964. With sister loco 53808 it was sold to Woodham Bros of Barry Dock, South Wales and arrived at their yard in August of that year. Preservation was to follow and it left Barry in December 1975 for its initial base, Kirk Smeaton near Doncaster. before moving in 1980 to the Midland Railway Centre, Butterley, Derbyshire.. On 16th September 1987 it came south to work special trains between Andover and Ludgershall ( Basingstoke Rail Event on 26th-27th Sept) and passed through Bath Spa, complete with support coach and bearing a Pines Express headboard. March 2006 saw it make a poignant return to Bath Green Park where it took centre-stage at an event commemorating the 40th anniversary of the closure of the S&D.
The cause of this accident was concluded as loss of control of the engine due to both crew being overcome by smoke and fumes in the exceptionally unpleasant conditions inside Combe Down tunnel. One possibility considered was that the engine running 'backwards' or tender-first, had allowed smoke already in the tunnel to collect in the enclosed cab area but this could not be proven. Consideration was given to reducing the loads of northbound goods trains, to providing banking engines or holding heavier trains back at Wellow if the single line north of Midford was already occupied and, finally, to introducing some form of ventilation in the tunnel.
The full MoT report of this accident contains much detailed information and I commend it to readers who will find it very informative and interesting. It can be downloaded as a .pdf from: railwaysarchive.co.uk MoT_Bath1929.pdf
Guy Vincent. Article dated 24th May 2020
We are most grateful to Guy for yet another 'in depth' article as he reports a very serious accident on the Somerset and Dorset. Many thanks indeed Guy.
Many thanks Clive
Thank You N.H.S.
The Ely Papworth scrap train to Newport Sims was over an hour EARLY THIS MORNING but I managed to get the train at Marston Bridge late afternoon where it was about 3 minutes early passing me.
I used a different location on that footbridge to my usual one because of the position of the sun. I was on the South Marston village side at the bottom of the footbridge poking my camera lens between the uprights of the metal fence..
Many thanks Ken, and MANY THANKS NHS too.
Cycle Safety Integration -
Perranporth to Newquay
I wanted to ask the Society if they are happy for us to use images from your website in our reports, please? They are amazing snippets of history and I love looking on your website at them.
We can reference your website in our reports also to ensure you get a mention. I think the reports are only going to be provided to our arms-length company, Cornwall Council and of course, Cormac Solutions Ltd.
Also, do you or any members of the Society have any further images or information of the proposed route from Perranporth to Newquay that uses some of the old Chacewater to Newquay line, that may not be on your website, please?
(Please see for more route info: https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/media/39572748/10-intro-route.pdf )
Yes we are crossing over Lappa Valley and using the old line in places.
We are developing/utilising a lot of the old line which is great news - I’ve walked a lot of it and love the sense of how it would have been back in the day not to mention the structural engineering that would have gone into making the line possible. The use of your images could help a lot to envisage this.
We are also hoping to create information boards in certain places along the line and I would love to display some of your images on them and involve the Society (once my colleagues and the Project Director are at the stage of designing these).
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Take care and look forward to hearing from you.
Kelly Costello | CAD Technician
CORMAC Solutions Ltd. | Structures Design
This is an exciting project and deserves every encouragement. A click on the link above will reveal a map of the intended leisure route over the Chacewater-Perranporth-Newquay line. One hopes that the Chacewater - to Perranporth section will also receive this treatment in due course opening up the Wheal Liberty viaduct. N.B. Pictures will only be copied with the owners permission.
Bank Holiday Walk about
Marazion & District
Taking advantage of the current glorious weather this morning, find 5 shots enclosed for CRS, times maybe challenging for all but the weather is currently bordering on the magical Summer of '76...long may it continue
All the Best
1.802002 working 1A82 09.11 Penzance-London Paddington viewed from Marazion by pass Roadbridge
2. 2C03 07.10 Plymouth-Penzance with 43153/186 heading down Marazion Marsh
3. GWR 2P12 11.15 Penzance-Plymouth with 43192/092 passing Longrock
4. 158747/745 working 2P13 12.10 Penzance-Plymouth passing Marazion
5. 158745/747 clearing Marazion working 2P13 12.10 Penzance-Plymouth, as 43188/094 wait on the Marsh with 2C19 10.17 Plymouth Penzance GTi
Many thanks Andrew - enjoy the sun while you can.
North Cornwall Lines appeal for information
Has anyone has any idea of the name of the Contractors who lifted the rails of the Wadebridge to Bodmin North and beyond? Also information on the Padstow to Wadebridge line beginning early 1968?
I have pictorial evidence that they started from Padstow and first must have knocked out the steel spring keys from the chairs to release the rails. I have no evidence how the rails were lifted and taken away., but they must have needed a crawler crane.
Next thing was a tractor with a large compressor attached to the rear was used with a huge impact wrench to unbolt all the chairs which were all collected. Last thing was the sleepers were lifted by a JCB type tractor and loaded into a road lorry. Looking at Andrew Jones’ pictures (not dated) they were surely not the same contractors as their work was completely haphazard and unprofessional.
Hope you can add something to my research into the final demolition of the closed lines in Devon and Cornwall.
Regards, Mike Manning.
Can you help please
Last loco hauled Cornishman
The picture below was the result of a bit of a mad dash for me as I was on board the train. The driver with his BR hat at a jaunty angle is looking at the photographer off the end of the platform. 45105 awaits departure from St Austell on Saturday 15th May 1982 with the final loco hauled Cornishman 1V71 the 06.51 from Bradford Exchange consisting of ten carriages. The following day would see the gradual introduction of HSTs on the NE/SW route.
Regards, Clive Smith.
Many thanks Clive - well worth the dash!
It's 1998 - an interval at
Many thanks Paul, how this side of the station has changed.
Dawlish Warren & Dawlish
Below a link kindly sent in by Clive for the Network Rail release on the development at Dawlish. This is extremely interesting and very well worth a look - please click below.
Plans unveiled for remaining section of £80m Dawlish sea wall that will protect the railway and the vital link it provides for the south west
(1) Pacer 143620 is at the rear of the 11.56 Exmouth - Paignton at Dawlish Warren on the down platform on the left while 143621 is the front set with another 150 arriving on the up platform at 12.54 with the 12.20 Paignton - Exmouth. The down train has a scheduled arrival of 12.53 to 12.59 so I thought there was a good chance of a double pacer shot if all were on time. Thankfully they were. 22nd May 2020 Copyright Clive Smith
Many thanks Clive - don't forget to try the link above.
,There were sidings alongside the up main at Thingley Junction where redundant stock was stored. Here, as can be seen, the scrap is being reduced to manageable pieces. Sadly beyond lie several coaches which had been set on fire by mindless vandals.
Many thanks for a load of rubbish Ken!!
Good Morning Keith,
As promised the image taken when I was 13 in 1953 Exeter St David's 'Torbay Express' Castle Class 5079 'Lysander'. Two young Exeter Cleaners on the tender moving coal forwards for the non-stop run to London Paddington.
With best wishes and keep the good work up.
Many thanks David - a schoolboy shot.