Sleeping on the West Somerset Railway Westridge shed today (Sunday 16 July) was Royal Scot. Something of a rarity, I feel. Best wishes,
These photos of Liskeard were taken on the same day as those featured earlier at Combe Junction. At the time I was doing my final teaching practice at Callington School, and must have had a long weekend off, as these photos were taken on a Thursday. The next day I was in Falmouth staying with friends and my diary tells me I paid my customary visit to Falmouth Model Railway Club on the Friday evening. A bit of a mystery surrounds the small signal box which was at the end of the down platform to the west of the main box and slightly behind it, almost directly opposite the Looe branch buffer stops. I've never seen any other pictures of it apart from one taken by Chris Osment about a year earlier in the Lostwithiel-St Germans part of the CRO website. It must have been there for some time and I guess it was an earlier box that was superseded by the current one. The main change since 1973 is the removal of the sidings on the up side to be replaced with a car park.
Fowey (Carne Point)
This was timed to run much later than it actually did, as it was due to visit St. Austell first, but thankfully that trip didn’t happen which meant that it was present at Golant before the sun dropped down behind the hill. I thought that was going to be the case for the return, but the train came back literally minutes before the shadows crept over the track embankment, you can see the boats in the foreground are in shadow already.
A lot of luck and a lovely evening ‘down by the river’ after a miserable wet and windy weekend!
All the best, Jon Hird