Slough to Plymouth & Return
My goodness, we look forward to a bit of sunshine, then we get a heatwave. I just remember the hot summer of 1976, with the locos and stock unwashed, fronts splatted with insects and the drought too. 2002 seems to be a cracking Summer so far, endless blue skies in July and searing hot days. Thank goodness the offices, signal boxes and vehicles have air conditioning! I recall the Bristol MOM van in the hot summer of 1995 with no air-con. How we coped back then I often wonder.
I recall the boxes with no air con too, windows wide open praying for some cool breeze to waft through. Passing trains brought some light relief with a rush of air!
Back to present times and St Blazey yard has a tinder dry look to it as 66014 basks in the open whilst the DBC Multi Purpose Vehicle (MPV) shelters under the fuel rack on a sultry late afternoon. The loco was also pictured on Sunday evening outside the lovely shed.
A passing Castle set driven by Penzance Driver Lee Macdonald sweeps past Respryn westbound with 2C77 on Sunday evening, the light being usable as the sun lost its intensity after 17.00.
Best wishes. Craig Munday
Roy Hart's article certainly tells the sad story of Treffry Viaduct. We visited a few weeks ago and can confirm that the leat and therefore the hidden aqueduct channel to be dry. This also means that the Carmears wheelpit is even more derelict with no running water passing through the launder. The whole collection could do with a nice dollop of EU funding - Oops!
Kind regards to you both, Brian.