Many Thanks Roger
Andrew and Diane Jones
My apologies for a long gap in our contributions. After 40 years of many happy memories at Grogley we have decided to down size. (it comes to us all in the end!)
Diane and I, had hoped to see the Wadebridge railway reinstated but the success of my 1980’s campaign to save the route to some extent has hampered the return of trains.
During a recent meeting of our Book Circle which marked the 100th book, we decided to read ‘The Diary of a Bookseller’ by Shaun Bythell.
Shaun runs a book shop in Scotland.
One of the many facts to immerge was that railway enthusiasts are keeping books alive accounting for a high proportion of his overall profits.
Given that a large selection of railway periodicals are formed of photographs and rely on nostalgia as their main ingredient, this fact posed a number of questions and a lively debate!
Continuing the Nostalgia element I have attached some photographs of the now dwindling HST fleet in happies times, when we all took the railway scene for granted.
Much has been reported concerning the replacement 800 series and their poor comfort levels and drab livery.
In my opinion, first class travel has been compromised, cramming more and more passengers into tight formations with no regard to the end user. Railways need to modernise but some aspects have been clearly overlooked. The HST design was not broken so why the need for replacement given that the south west is not, if ever scheduled for electrification.
At least we all have our memories of a wonderful design consigned to history prematurely and a feeling of dejavu……..Riddles and Bulleid rest in peace.
Very best wishes, Andrew and Diane.
Many thanks for your long letter and views taken in the 'golden years of the Mid 1990's'.
I certainly agree with all your sentiments - as you say the HST design didn't need mending.
I presume that you are looking for somewhere smaller elsewhere other than Cornwall - no need to say where but we'd all like to keep in touch and very sincerely hope that you will find more material for us to include in our columns wherever you move to - you have kept is very well supplied to date.
Wishing you the very best of luck in your searches and an extended and happy future.
Best regards, Keith and Valerie.
Deviating from the S &D
Michael L. Roach
Some of you have enjoyed my occasional diversions into road building and the construction of a mile of single 24-foot carriageway which I worked on in the Spring of 1962 in the Forder Valley. Plymouth. At its eastern end the new road joined the A38 close to the River Plym (and not far from Marsh Mills Station) at a new roundabout. For most of its length the road had no raised kerbs or gullies. The surface water drained off the road on one side into a “french drain”. One reason for choosing this style of drainage was the very poor longitudinal gradient of just 1 in 400. The edge of the road was delineated by a 12 inch (305mm) square insitu flush kerb. The top was finished with fine concrete made of white cement to reflect the light from car headlights in the dark as there was no street lighting other than at the roundabout.
MLR / 28 June 2023