13th April 2019
Photographs of items en-route are acceptable.
You may know about the open day at Penzance on Saturday 13th for a selection of diesels including the 50 and 47 from the Bodmin & Wenford Railway. The 50 is having another Network Rail inspection tomorrow to ensure she meets the N.R. safe specifications for running on the main line.
The 50 and 47 will return to Bodmin on Sunday with 73107 and 66714. The timetable is in the process of being completed and I hope to have this soon and if so I will forward to you.
I write as a member of the CRS.
With my best wishes. Roger (Roger Webster)
Class 52 Western at Laira
I believe your shot of the withdrawn 'Western' at Laira today is the first class member to be withdrawn, D1032 Western Marksman. The loco was out of service from 16.01.1973 awaiting spares that never materialised and was withdrawn on 06.05.1973. The first day in traffic is recorded as 31.12.1963 so poor D1032 had just 9 years in service! What a dreadful state it was in after almost 12 months out of use here! It seems it is one of the rarest locos for photos along with D1042 Western Princess and D1066 Western Prefect. I envy you having seen all these locos back in the 70s but enjoy tracking down the identities. I managed to see approx 2/3rds of the class in service with a few more in the scrapyard at Swindon. Other Westerns that would have been in the scrapline area at Laira on 1st December 1973 were D1004 D1017 D1018 D1019 D1020 D1024 D1038 D1039 D1042 and D1060. Do keep them coming!
I send a picture of the semaphores at the East end of Southampton,taken on a hazy 12 May 1978 and showing 47143 arriving with a Leeds to Weymouth train. Copyright Michael Forward
I have just been looking at one of the pages on your website which includes details and some photographs of the VLR.
The gentleman wearing the VLR vest is Henry Frampton-Jones. He was co-owner (with his wife, Mary. Regrettably he passed away on 1st June 2018. He was 86. Mary is still around and I have been helping her dispose of her narrow gauge equipment (most formerly at VLR) from the former Derbyshire Dales NGR at Rowsley.
Regards, John Crosskey. Thank you very much for writing in John, please convey our sympathies to Mary Frampton-Jones.
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Regards, Clive Smith Many thanks for your memories and picture Clive.
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Guy Vincent 9th April 2019 Many thanks for keeping us very well informed of current happenings and for your pictures.
Thanks for your interest in my photos; I'm glad that I'm able to help a fellow enthusiast.
Kind regards and continued success with your society,
Ken - Raining in Swindon. Many thanks Ken,