Photographs by Roger Winnen
Many People may have wondered what happened to all of the track that was lifted from the St Ives branch, well as you will know if you had read the feature we did back in January the track was all taken to St Erth for onward shipment so what happened next! Well the Helston Railway put in a bid and got it, so it was transported over to them at Trevarno Farm Prospidnick (Photos 1, 2 & 3). That is not the end of the story though, as the rail will almost certainly go for scrap, as the lengths are too short and too far gone to be of any use as running rail, the wooden sleepers, those that are in good order will be reused on the railway or sold to be used in gardens and the rest will put on the fire, all of the undamaged track fixings (Chairs, fish plates, nuts & bolts and screw spikes) will be reused, any broken will be scraped. On my visit to the railway I also took the opportunity to photograph the new cutting that is in the process of being built. I would like to wish them all the best, every success and hope they can reach their goals in the light of recent events. Report by Mick House.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award
Driver Alan Peters
The 360 machine is seen with shorter concrete sleepers to fit around the drains in the station where the gaps are in the newly laid track.
The old track has been cut into sections and stacked at the side of the line for recovery at a later date, the poor condition of the old track can clearly be seen.
Colas Rail 56302 'PECO - The Railway Modeller' has now been attached to the empty KRA sleeper wagons, the rear of the train is actually on Fartherford Viaduct, the train will then be taken up to Meldon Quarry to be stabled on 10th May 2021
Colas Rail 56302 'PECO - The Railway Modeller' made another visit to Meldon Quarry on the 10th May 2021, the 'Okehampton - Meldon' train staff is seen in the cab of the locomotive, whilst the line is under T3 engineering possession the train staff is still required to unlock the ground frames at Meldon Quarry.
The class 56 amongst the undergrowth at Meldon Quarry Halt whist waiting for Meldon West Ground Frame to be operated on the 10th May 2021, it is understood that the little station is being retained for future use. Now that is good and very interesting news.
The Balfour Beatty NTC (New Track Construction) pictured just past the Crediton side of Fartherford Viaduct and on the Okehampton side of the viaduct 56302 'PECO - The Railway Modeller' has just attached the loaded sleeper wagons to the NTC in preparation for relaying on 10th May 2021
It was owned by FM rail which went into administration in December 2006. Regards Paul.
Oaksey Rd Bridge