Copyright Roger Winnen
Falmouth & Penmere
I was born and raised in Derby and throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s we regularly visited Falmouth for our annual holiday. Our visits sometimes coincided with the Falmouth Model Railway Show, but often didn't, so I took to visiting the club's Arwenack Avenue clubroom on a Friday evening where I was always given a very warm welcome. The star attraction was the extensive club layout of Falmouth station complete with overall roof, and a particular highlight was meeting Pat English, whose series on the Helston branch had featured in several issues of "Model Railway News" through 1967. One year (probably 1968) I took with me a model of Nancegollen signal box that I'd made from his plans, and was very grateful for the encouraging words he had for the efforts of a 14-year-old. I remember becoming friendly with a couple of lads of around my own age - one was called Brian (surname forgotten) [we think Aston] and the other was Trevor Tremethick, whose name features regularly here.
Attached are a few snaps taken on 12th August 1968 when the original buildings at Falmouth and Penmere still survived - I think the Falmouth buildings had gone by the following year and Penmere lasted a while longer. Some enthusiasts might recognise the date as being the day after the famous "Fifteen Guinea Special" that marked the end of steam on BR, so I was astounded to see a steam loco at Falmouth when I arrived on the DMU from Penmere. It was, of course, the dock shunter. Needless to say, they were very happy times, and fostered a love of Cornwall and its railways that has lasted for the best part of 60 years.
Best wishes, Howard Sprenger, Blisland, Bodmin.
Today we paid a visit to the Dartmouth Steam Railway and were rewarded with surprise haulage by the line's resident type 3 diesel D6975 or, if you prefer, 37275. This was due to fire risk we were told although at the other end of the seven coach formation GWR steam loco 4277 'Hercules' was working in the 'up direction' towards Paignton and on the second set of carriages GWR 2-6-2 no 4555 was working solo. For the record 37275 worked the 1035, 1150, 1305, 1450 and 1610 departures from Paignton and then assisted between Brittania Crossing and Churston on the rear of the 1110, 1220, 1410, 1525 and 1640 services from Kingswear. So long as the rain holds off it seems likely that this operation may well continue.
With Thanks. Emma Shard
Called here today on the way back from the garden centre for a squint through the ‘jungle’ on the Embankment Road side.
43093 ‘Berkeley Castle’ (formerly ‘Old Oak Common HST Depot 1976-2018’) is currently the only spare power car in the graveyard (if I am correct in calling it that). Three workers walked by on the other side of the fence, but the traffic on Embankment Road was too loud for me to call to them
On the operational roads were 43029 and 43042 at opposite ends of a Castle set, beside 43301 of Cross Country. Unable to identify the inboard HST. Frustratingly, there is a power car right over the other side by the old steam shed sidings and I can’t get it. It seems to have been there a long time.
It would be good to have a list of power cars withdrawn as against those still in service, but I realise that would be a big ask and would be constantly changing.
Best wishes to all
The end of hot and tiring day!
I thought that you might like the attached for a bit of amusement. Taken at the B&WR after a long hot day on 13th June 2023. The drivers and fireman’s overalls deserved a good rest…….
Chris Bellett, Retired S&T Engineer, CRS Member