Then off for scrap
The plan is for the stripped body to be craned on a lorry for the scrap yard on 23rd Feb.
1, 43366/303 on 1M49 Ply - Birmingham.
2, On-track plant Reading - Par,
3, 66729 Ply - Eastleigh, following route refresher trips between Ply and Exeter St Davids.
4, 57603, 5A50, ecs sleeper stock, Pnz - Reading.
This is another location which has benefited from extensive trackside pruning.
Best wishes, Bill
I would like to ask the following about the Lostwithiel-Fowey line. How often do freight trains use this? Weekly/monthly/daily? Was Fowey station back then used to be where Fowey Docks station is now? If not, was it located before or after Fowey Docks? Also, if before Fowey Docks, would there ever be a passenger train along here again and open a new station at Fowey? Just my opinion, but it would be amazing if that was to happen (it would work the same way as the Truro-Falmouth line). I can see it being popular for locals as well as tourists especially during spring and summer months. Nothing much to do at Lostwithiel station as 3rd platform is still there unused and so it could still terminate there. Sorry to say but there is no rail connection to serve the Fowey platform at Lostwithiel though out of use for some time the track was lifted a short while ago. Although a lovely run down the branch it terminates at Carne Point itself being the port sidings is not really suitable for a new station. Carne Point is itself about half a mile from the old Fowey Station site the trackbed has been very much concreted over and built upon. Even in the old days- which i remember Fowey Station was a tidy walk from the centre of town. You can ascertain what trains might be running by consulting 'Real Time Trains' available via Google.
On a more different and more serious note, I was at Par station a few weeks ago and felt something was missing. The only exit and entrance is on Platform 1, which takes trains to St Austell-Penzance. If a wheelchair user, parent with a pushchair, or someone with disabilities wants to go on trains to London/Scotland/Wales etc on Platform 2, or on a train to Newquay on Platform 3, they like everyone else would have to use the only way to get to platforms via a footbridge, as there is no access to other platforms by car or by foot (where you can at St Austell as good example). But unlike Par, St Austell has got a lift on their footbridge, so why not Par station? How can a wheelchair user be expected to use the steps? Could it be breaking the disability law? I appreciate lifts could be unsightly but everybody should be entitled to access. Should not have to go St Austell to go further northwards, or to then just to get off at Par on the appropriate platform for Newquay train. Reason for no lift cannot be down to money as St Austell has got a lift. Have I missed something? I am not a wheelchair user, just something I thought about whilst waiting at Par station a few weeks ago. Is it just Par with this problem? Or are there other stations in Cornwall just like this? (Off the top of my head I'm thinking but not certain of the following: Bodmin Parkway/Redruth/Truro/Liskeard/Saltash/St Erth/Camborne)
At all stations other than Menheniot and Par it is possible to get from one platform to another without steps though it may mean a flat walk under or over the line by means of road bridges or the level crossing as at Truro. Quite what the operators would reply in the case of Menheniot or Par - the important one we will wait and see.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Mr Eli Martyr
N.B. The Cornwall Railway Society is an enthusiasts organisation and has no more 'clout' than you with regard to asking questions.