Michael L. Roach
Sometime around 1927 the Great Western Railway commenced a new bus service from Helston Railway Station the 12 miles to Coverack Harbour on the east side of The Lizard peninsula. In the wording of the day it was called a “road motor service.” At first Coverack passengers waited in the open for the bus to arrive. The GWR announced that a shelter was to be provided and a Mr. Francis Roxburgh stepped forward to donate a suitable building for the purpose. Mr. Roxburgh was a retired judge and a frequent visitor to Coverack from his home in London near Paddington Station. The attached photograph of the opening ceremony appeared in the GWR Magazine for March 1928.
MLR / 01 December 2021
It was a mixture of traction - larger hydraulics in the early days (Western's, Warship's) and of course the Western's excelled at this with their high tractive effort. In latter days it was Class 50's, class 47's and Peaks etc. I do recall on one occassion that the banking engines were a pair of class 37's for some reason. I always imagined that there was a bit of competition going on between the train loco and the banker - you could tell by the slack or tense couplings which was doing the most work. A perfect balance would of course be half way along the train. In the case of the 37's (as we all know they are spirited engines) and encouraged by the enthusiastic crowd, I suspect they were not only pushing the train but also the leading loco!
Anyway - camera's and film were expensive and by the time I had both, it was a less common event. I did however capture 47535 and 47226 arriving at Exeter Central on 27 May 1986, no doubt taking a breather after their hard efforts!
kind regards, Keith Gale
Exeter St Davids
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