The Statesman tour operated with LSL class 47s in two tone green livery looked splendid on its various journeys on the mainline. A Peterborough to Penzance ran down on Friday evening and returned on Sunday morning. A mini-charter using the same train ran from Penzance to Oxford and return to make the most of the stock being in the Duchy.
The Friday 6th evening working is seen at Dowgas near Coombe.
The Saturday 7th charter pictured at Lanescot near Tywardreath.
Finally, despite a fine forecast, the pair are seen "in the collar" at Treesmill returning on the Sunday 8th working in murky cloud.
In addition, the blue timetable on the B&W saw resident 47306 in action. The loco is seen working hard on the climb from Boscarne amid the lineside bluebells.
It just goes to show that steam locos are heavy bits of equipment and of course, this sort of damage was very common in steam days.
Cheers Phil Hawke
St Blazey Turntable
The most noticeable change in recent weeks has been the clearance of vegetation from the west end and this has revealed the rails of a long-hidden road off the turntable – looking at the photo of 37101 (presumably taken in the early-mid 1980s) these may be the rails seen curving away beyond the turntable in the right distance, but impeded access, parked vehicles and other developments now make it difficult to be sure. Due to recent ivy growth over these rails once again making them hard to see I have included two views taken on 6th March. I wonder what last used them and when.....?
Best regards, Neil Phillips