From -Cornwall Live
It has affected both the Cross Country route from Penzance to Newcastle and the Great Western Railway between Bristol Temple Meads, Exeter St Davids, Plymouth, London Paddington and Penzance. Delays were expected on both lines.
The incident occurred at 7.18am this morning (March 17) and disruption can be expected until 12.30am. Customers are advised to check their journey on National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner before travelling.
The attempted theft occurred between St Austell and Truro.
David Tozer & Roger Winnen
For possibly the first time a Devon & Cornwall loco hauling freight wagons in Devon with and equally rare appearance of a Class 60 in this part of the West Country:-
6Z53 11:18 Oxford Banbury Road to Newton Abbot Hackney Yard via Melksham hauled by 60055 'Thomas Barnado'
Returning home from Exeter St David's on the 16.15 departure to Penzance we ran into problems in Cornwall, being held outside of Liskeard for 10 mins, for an eastbound service to pass followed by a unit crossing over from the down to the up line before we could enter the station. After leaving St Austell we were held at Burngullow then 12 mins down and running slow, stopping on Truro Viaduct, then Truro Station 18 mins down, a number of stops on route to Redruth & Camborne then 16 mins down, then followed a crawl being held at Penponds, Gwinear Road at walking pace and a signal on the approach to Hayle Station running 30 mins late. Penzance arrival was at 19.50 27 minutes late.
All this was the result of a attempted theft of signal cable between St Austell and Truro
Besides Merehead and Whatley, quarries at Tytherington, Machen and Stancombe (near Flax Bourton) are all sending out trainloads of stone with additional waste ballast coming from Network Rail's Westbury Recycling plant. To get an idea of how much traffic is now running simply look at Realtime Trains and pick a location such as Heywood Road or Bathampton Junctions where most trains will pass through.