11th November 2022
Regards, Clive Smith.
The Ground Frame at St Austell is in use at weekends in the coming weeks. I picked up the first shift on Sun 6th Nov. It was a blustery day with fierce showers which I largely avoided fortunately. The Ground Frame will be removed in 12 months time when Exeter takes over operation of the area. The crossover will remain and be controlled directly from the workstation. Turn back signals will also be provided.
A pair of Castle sets pass Tregarne near Probus on 4th Nov. Former favourites 43172 (Harry Patch) and 43093 Old Oak Common sweep by on long distance services. Grab them whilst you can as these Cardiff / Bristol services are likely to be the first IET replacements in the coming months.
Finally - day time up engineers train was too good to miss. I drove up to East Cornwall where the angle of the sun is more favorable to see 70817 head back to Westbury with 6C99 the Rail Delivery Train which had been at Penzance for a few days following a wagon defect. The light held across the landscape at Factory Road bridge near Menheniot as Colas Driver Mark Fabiano cruised the long train down the bank. Caradon Hill in the far distance had succumb to cloud. A rainbow finished off the composition (my, I push my luck at times)!
Cheers for now, Craig
This will interest you no doubt:-
A modular approach to signalling in Cornwall - Rail Engineer