Although not directly connected to the railways of Cornwall, I thought it worth mentioning that the renumbering of the BR locomotive fleet into the TOPS series, where the first two digits display the class number with which we are now all so familiar, commenced 50 years ago today – 14th November 1971 - when electric loco E26050 emerged from Crewe Works as 76050.
Initially only electric locomotives were renumbered – the first diesel, Peak 45101 (formerly D96) didn’t appear until March 1973, and throughout that summer only Derby was outshopping Peak Class 45s with new numbers. Renumbering of the other classes during works overhauls commenced in September, but mass renumbering at depot level occurred between February and April 1974, with some Peak Class 45s lingering on into 1975 as they awaited works overhauls. The entire renumbering process was completed in December 1975 when a collision-damaged D125 was released from repair at Derby as 45071. So Class 45 claimed both the first and the last renumbered diesel!
I hope this is of interest.
Dear Fr Gilbert and/or Mr Kiszczuk
For some time I have wondered about the building of the footbridge that crosses the railway from just opposite Sainsbury’s to the beach and coast path at Penzance. I can find no information after some searching on the web, just two solitary photos - one of the bridge itself and another, a view from it. Neither of these is on your website. I want to know the date of its construction for a start and don’t know where to go from here, since there is no view of it in any of the photos in the Marazion to Penzance section of your site to give me clues.
To my mind, it must be one of the most photogenic footbridges out there - and I have amassed a fair number of photos of it and from it. I’d like to write an article on it if I can find the information and would be happy to share it with your members at some point.
Please could you help by pointing me in the direction of further research that I can do on this fascinating and immensely evocative construction.