66432, 66422, Mk2 9428, Mk2 9419 & 66421:5Z74 05:05
Crewe CLS to Devonport Dockyard
2 shots from late last night of New Rail replacement train with filthy ex RHTT pairing of 66151/155 top and tailing the formation, arriving 9 early at 21.50 and departing 32 early at 22.09 for St Erth
All the Best. Andrew Triggs
The late John Cornelius
On the right of the photograph a 'shelf' can be seen, carrying a siding in course of demolition. This was the 'crane road'.
In 1937-9, when land reclamation was taking place for the new station, this shelf was provided, immediately inland of the sea wall, carrying track for travelling cranes to replenish the sea defences as required. The siding was not accessed by a set of points as would be expected: almost opposite the signal box it simlpy ended and access could only be gained by the pw department slewing the neighbouring siding and inserting temporary fishplates. I assume that this is because the siding was expected to be rarely used and any point blades in this location would 'rust up' solid! The siding remained, rusty and weedy, until 1976. The shelf remains.