With the introduction of the winter timetable the return stone empties has a new pathway, much earlier than previously.
Today the return empties departed earlier than scheduled, running some 20 minutes ahead of schedule.
59204 with the 1248 6C28 Exeter Riverside Hanson to Westbury Tarmac stone empties.
The Clay Country Conundrum
Regarding the two photographs on the website today, I have a similar photo to the one of 4552, which is shunting the Boskell clay works siding (south of Lansalson) in the Trenance Valley in June 1958. My photo was taken by David Lawrence, who was a member of the Railway Enthusiasts Club of Farnborough (?), a group who particularly sought out the more obscure corners of the network. There is another photo of the same train taken by Norman Simmons that was published in Maurice Dart's excellent West Cornwall Mineral Railways book. On at least two occasions, in 1956 and 1958, an REC party hired the camping coach at Luxulyan for a week and were able to arrange visits to various clay lines using an additional brake van that was attached to freight trains! Photos from these trips were later sold by Hugh Davies, another member, under the heading 'Photos of the 1950s' and have quite often appeared in books and magazines over the years. This is were I obtained a number of interesting photos of lines that were otherwise rarely photographed. I haven't seen the Burngullow photo before, but I would guess that it may have come from the same source.
From the Late Roger Jane
Phil 'Shattered' Smith
21st September 2014
- next Friday.