The big resignalling job
Keith, a few weeks ago you suggested taking a look at Ponts Mill with my drone. Today, with very little wind, I thought I’d have a go.
It wasn’t the easiest of flights, I had to pick my way through the trees and electrical cables to get above the ‘canopy’. Once up there, I was pleased to see the footprint of the dries were still relatively clear.
However, it crossed my mind that it would be difficult for anyone viewing the images to orientate themselves, so I recorded some video too. I’ve uploaded to YouTube, you can view it here -
I added some subtitles to the video detailing the history of the site. This is information both from your website and Wikipedia. I was stunned to read that ships of up to 80t could once reach Ponts Mill via the Par River - I guess that was massively narrowed to form the canal we have today? You’d struggle to get a kayak up there nowadays!
With it being such a nice still day and with another battery charged, I stopped in at St. Blazey on my way home to have a quick CDA ‘headcount’! No further wagons have been cut since last week - although there are also no engines on shed, so I suppose they’ve been unable to shunt any more over to the disposal siding. This means that right now as I type, there are 38 complete CDA’s in St. Blazey.
The view from Middleway crossing looking towards the yard is interesting - you can see the lines original alignment going straight ahead where it now curves to the right and over the metal bridge, following the waterway. Granite sleepers are still in the ground here.
Finally a view from 120m above (the max legal height I can reach) which shows 2 stations, St. Blazey and Par, along with a distant view of Par Harbour and the mainline dissecting the scene.
Any suggestions or requests (from yourselves or your readers) for where to go next?
All the best, Jon
Andrew and Diane Jones
As the relentless modernisation of the local rail network progresses, I decided to venture out during the blockade to capture, perhaps for the last time a glimpse of our railway heritage about to disappear.
Liskeard looked very sad today, no trains and heaps of replacement buses. The rails were rusty, the signal box switched out with warning beacons protecting the permanent way on the outskirts of the station in each direction.
It felt very lonely as I photographed the remaining infrastructure.
Just as the light was failing I decided to pop down to Combe Junction, it was hard to imagine that I had not stepped back in time, witnessing a 1960’s closed station with the undergrowth fast taking over the Moorswater branch.
All a bit depressing! So I picked up Diane from her Lino cut card making course at Pensilva and went home to light the wood burner and relax for the evening before writing this article. I feel much better now!
Very best wishes Andrew and Diane
1) 50244 at Terras Crossing working 2L83 1346 Liskeard to Looe.
2) Going away shot of 150244 at Terras Crossing working 2L83 1346 Liskeard to Looe.
3) 150244 with the return working 2L84 1418 Looe to Liskeard.
All pictures copyright Mark Lynam
Traffic and travel monitoring system, Inrix, reports the A38 is partially blocked in both directions at the A374 Trerulefoot roundabout.
Inrix says: "A38 in both directions partially blocked, queueing traffic due to bridge struck by vehicle at A374 (Trerulefoot roundabout). The lorry Is stuck under the railway bridge."
The incident was first reported at around 6pm.
The layout is based on Newquay, Cornwall, operating in the late 1950’s to early 60’s. The layout gives a fair representation of the station at Newquay.