Don't forget that tomorrow sees the second of this seasons indoor events.
Saturday 12th October at 6.30PM.
21 years as Signalling Inspector/Incident Officer Cornwall and Devon by Steve Heginbotham. With recent improvements to signalling after years of rationalisation, now is the right time to learn from Steve some of the events and changes he has seen.
I nearly quoted Plymouth North Road but that would be telling my age when the beloved steam engines were in charge.
Now there is a transition from HSTs and DMUs to Hitahchi and the beloved conversion of HSTs to Castle 2 + 4s where 43041 St Catherine's Castle arrived from Penzance.
I decided to see the evidence and progress of this transition and was pleased to see that the Castles have taken most control of the regional services have seen seven Castles during the afternoon of which one was not converted and in the original First Blue colours.
Other that the Hitachi trains on the London Paddington trains of which there were at least three 9 cars sets which should have been the case for all of them, there was only one 158 which left late for Penzance to not being able to close one of the doors.
The surprise was the Cardiff to Penzance running as a 150 two car, surely this should be a Castle. Perhaps its waiting the arrivial of the remaining sets being converted at Wabtec at Doncaster.
The Gunnislake was a 150 but they are slowly disappearing fortunately and confined to branch lines.
Cross Country were out in force with three 7 car HST sets and a double 220 set as an eight car. Running short trains to the north and Scotland is beyond belief as we have seen previously.
Regards, Clive Smith. You had quite an exciting start to the day Clive - still the cat caught the mouse in the end - well done.
I understand that the running number has to be applied to a fixed part of the bodywork, and not a door, for example.
Many thanks for your observations and report Bill. Any further comments from anybody?
Craig Munday Part 1
Hope you are well. It's been a varied few weeks with box shifts, out as MOM & also starting the Autumn programme. Manually sanding Treesmill (Par), Bodmin area & ST Germans to supplement the RHTT which has been out & about once more with 66160/168.
As usual a wonderful selection of pictures - especially the dramatic one at Roskear Junction in the early morning. Many thanks to you Craig.