Andrew and Diane Jones
My friends indulged my interests by sailing up towards Lostwithiel so that I could observe freight operations at the docks. Class 66 66165 had just arrived at 14.40 with a rake of CDA’s.
The Locomotive was inching towards the unloading area, passing a machine which I assumed was either weighing or checking the consignment, (perhaps a member could enlighten us).
There was an operator present and it looked from the river that he may also have been checking the condition of the running gear.
As we ventured towards the rear of the train a single CDA was sat in the adjacent siding, which could be one of the barrier wagons, but I am not sure.
To finish with I have included a wider view of the shared loading facility.
Very best wishes Andrew and Diane
As I was passing the eastern end of Stratton Green [Loop] I noted an interesting train in that loop. So, I made a slight diversion, grabbed my camera and the attached photo is the result.
The train, of some 2,200 tons, was going from Westbury Down T. C. to Bescot Up Engineer Sidings headed by 70809. It was in that loop for some 30 minutes according to Real Time Trains which said it left 8 minutes late hot on the heels of a London-bound IET. As it passed me, I could smell the exhaust and felt the heat that it was producing.
Kind regards, Ken Mumford
Doubleheader leaving St Erth I think late 68 or 69. Andrew