Railtour to the Bluebell Line
Peter Dale has now uncovered these from his vast collection of photographs taken over the years.
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A welcome bit of cold and frost (how fickle we photographers are) to share this week. On nights saw me venture out for some local workings.
I had spied a low sun shot before Christmas at Bolitho, and waited for a sunny Thursday afternoon in Mid January for the time lag of the sun to "catch up" from the shortest day. A sun down time of 16.41 seemed ideal for the afternoon JIAs Exeter bound around 16.00, close behind the up London. The sheep were happily grazing as the light turned yellow and the sun over to the left burned brightly orange. Soon the sight of 66082 came into view and it was viewed for a full minute, first crossing the beautiful Liskeard viaduct, then Bolitho viaduct before passing LD35, the down Liskeard home board. The light held and the result was rather nice. Both images are included, the standard lens giving a sharp image even a 1/2 mile away.
Best wishes, Craig
I hope this may be of interest - its a little way from Cornwall, but some may find this interesting.
Whilst out and about last Thursday (13th January 2022) I saw something which seemed to be a little unusual from the norm. Normally the resident GM shunter is powerful enough to push loaded trains into the quarry to make up the 'jumbo' trains unaided. It was quite frosty that morning and the shunter seemed to be losing traction so the crew asked for a shove from a big brother class 66. I attach a picture of the action. As can be seen, although the class 66 is a big GM loco, the GM shunter is built to the American loading gauge. It seems unusual to see a class 66 actually at the quarry. The shunter and class 66 are of course related, both being General Motors products.
66951 and GM 37903 work together at Whatley Quarry on 13 January 2022.
cheers Keith Gale