My luck was in for the Moorswarer Cement at Liskeard. Leaving Liskeard for Lostwithiel I was advised that no clay would be running today so I crossed the crossing for the next train to Plymouth to photo the Rail Head Treatment Train due at 15.01. Within 20 mins or so 66020 with clay from Goonbarrow turned up at Lostwithiel, me being on the wrong side with the light.
Arriving at Plymouth I headed for Platform 4 as the RHTT was due through the centre road stopping for 20 mins. I anticipated photographing both at Plymouth & Par leaving Plymouth a few minutes ahead of the RHTT. No RHTT turned up at Plymouth and on arrival at Par David Tozer advised me that the train had run very early. The best plans never work at times! Let us try again!
I hope this email finds you all well.
A few months ago a photo uploaded to one of the Saltash Facebook groups caught my eye - it was a distant shot of a line of stock on the Wearde deviation sidings, an area that has long interested me. I recently got in touch with the person that posted it and asked if they'd allow its use on the CRS site, particularly in the Wearde Deviation section, to which they very kindly said yes as long as full credit was given to their father Mr Roy N. Keith, who took the shot.
Please find attached the photo concerned, as well as three others that were also generously provided, one showing a closer image of rolling stock on the line through the snow covered fencing, one is of a local service at Saltash (complete with brake van) and a young Paul Keith in the pram and finally an aerial shot of Saltash station and goods yard.
These photos provide further insight into the uses of the siding and the types of stock stabled there - the snow shot shows what look like pre-nationalisation coaches - This is beyond my area of expertise but the 'centre' coach looks possibly like GWR B-stock? Hoping someone can help confirm and ID the other coaches.
With full credit to Mr Roy N. Keith, in the care of and kindly provided by Mr Paul Keith.
These photos would appear to date from the mid-1950s. The shot of Wearde siding with the stored coaching stock is particularly interesting: the coaches are mostly of Collett design, from the inter war period. These sidings (there was one long siding with a parallel track forming a loop) were used to store excursion stock -that is coaches past the 'prime of youth' and used in the summer season for excursions to local resorts. In the 1950s there was a regular weekly trip from Saltash to Goodrington, for example, for which a 'County' was rostered. The stop blocks were at the parapet of the original Forder viaduct.
The coaches sat, stored and locked and apart from the odd 'gentleman of the road' (gentleman of the rail?) they were unattended until drawn up to Mill Bay in the spring for cleaning/ battery charging etc.