had a job this week driving a digger for the Helston Railway clearing the
cutting, this excited me.
Came back from Falmouth this morning and remembered coming up
Sithney Common Hill so popped down to see how Paul was doing.
Pictures attached maybe the Cober Viaduct is not a “bridge so far”. I think that the interest will greatly increase once the track is laid across
the Cober Viaduct.
Apex and Wheal Busy Crossing
Regards Mick House
A few shots from the Newton Abbot area today, a bitterly cold day but bright.
Kind regards, Paul Barlow.
I can offer further information on your latest photos. During the mid-late 80s I spent much of my spare time riding around behind class 33 locos and still have notes and records from that time to hand. 33005 was 'fatally' damaged on 19th June 1987 when it suffered an electrical fire at Brighton before it was due to work the 830 departure to Bristol Temple Meads. Together with sister loco 33061, which had been stopped since 17th March that year, 33005 was withdrawn at Eastleigh works on 25th June 1987 as 'life expired'. This set in motion a gradual reduction of class 33s through wear and tear that continued throughout 1987 and 88, the withdrawn locos being stripped at Eastleigh to provide components that enabled other locos to remain in service.