Soon to be dismantled and moved to the Helston Railway
Burngullow & St Austell
January 16th I was at Burngullow following an issue with the points. The sand train was busy loading in Methrose siding as I was there. The sun manged to break through and I caught a picture, showing the dumper loading the leading vehicles, and by pure chance, a bird of prey high above too! The loco was 66014 and the train departed around 11.00 bound for Bow.
Later that evening, but just after midnight I popped into St Austell to see the NR test train. Booked to pause to reset the equipment allowed me time to fire off a couple of shots. 37025 looked superb in large logo, and sat under the redundant footbridge with its three coach train.
Craig Munday Many thanks Craig - do you ever sleep?
Today (16th) saw the unexpected and possible first ever visit of a class 59 loco to the Yeovil Jctn-Exeter line with 59004 'Paul A Hammond' working a special 0Z27 0729 Westbury Down Yard-Exeter Riverside (1036) driver route-training trip routed via Castle Cary, Yeovil Pen Mill / Jctn and Honiton. The loco returned the same way as 0Z28 1134 Exeter Riverside-Westbury (1406). This is believed to be in connection with the impending closure of Whiteball Tunnel for maintenance from 17th February until 8th March which will mean any stone for Riverside will have to be diverted. Plus there may be engineering trains needed on the 'wrong' side of the closure. According to 'Real Time Trains' today's light engine run is scheduled again tomorrow (Thur 17th) and on Friday 18th but obviously I give no guarantee as to whether this will actually happen.. Hopefully it will so maybe it will be of interest to one or more of your Devon correspondents. Time is allowed in the schedule (for passing purposes) at both Chard Jctn and Honiton. Today's RTT identity codes were 061Q and 021R.
Regards, Guy Vincent Many thanks Guy