With long diversions from the Chiverton Cross Roundabout lasting through to Monday morning we decided to go by train to St Austell then travel on the 26 service from St Austell to Bugle. Whilst waiting for the bus to arrive, coaches started arriving at St Austell Station on the Royal Blue run from London to Cornwall and return over the weekend taking in various routes used by the coaches many years ago, We left St Austell about 15 mins late and were advised that our bus would not arrive at Bugle as the road was closed! Luck was on our side as Tony Brokenshire from the CRS stepped in and rescued us from Bowling Green for the remainder of our journey.
There was problems on the Newquay branch as the 06.19 Bristol to Newquay was cancelled, However a replaced 150 unit ran from Plymouth to Newquay and returning with the 11.14 Newquay to Paddington service, passengers changed trains at Plymouth for sets 802009 and 802010
However, on the way home I thoght I'd call in at the SWINDON & CRICKLADE RAILWAY base at Blunsdon - what a surprise I had. So surprised that I didn't take a proper photo of 6695 BUT got some others and a few shots of other parts of the S & C.
The 0-6-2T [such locomtoives were often used on coal trains and sometimes passenger trains in the Rhymney Valley line from Rhymney via Bargoed, Caerphilly to Cardiff and beyond to Barry etc].was very slowly hauled by a diesel called 'BLUNSDEN'. One of the photos shows a little smokey haze arising from the 0-6-2T's chimney and it did very briefly whiste passing along the platform.. 6695 was in GWR green with its safety valve bonnet painted green and the letters LDR inscrtbed on its frames indcatiing Landore shed, Swansea.
Kind regards, Ken
It was hauled by EDs 73962 and 73964 with 66768 bringing up the rear
The first two pictures were taken just west of Crewkerne en route to Exd and the next two
on the return leg passing North Perrott.
Best wishes, Bill Elston.
Not something blue for a wedding, but a welcome addition from the DB Cargo fleet this week. 66109 sporting an attractive dark blue, not dissimilar to the DRS colours worked down on the JIA wagons. Teesport Express was the name and it carries PD Ports branding. Perhaps the equivalent of a Thornaby class 37 arriving in the South West back in the 1980s? (maybe not then)! They simply dont have the same character do they?
Anyway it spent two days in the Golden eight week period of longest days poodling around Par Harbour and Treviscoe in stunning sunshine.If I'm honest it was TOO sunny around midday with harsh light and an almost white sky, mustn't grumble though.
I was out and about and caught it in my travels, I also saw new arrival 08752 being fettled up by the FSS engineers at Goonbarrow, I understand it was in action yesterday. The days of the CDAs may be numbered now we hear, so grab your photographs before the replacement wagons arrive.
Finally yesterday, a catch up with a legend in railway photography and railwayman alike, Mr Bernard Mills was at Trerulefoot. I couldn't resist a snap of the master in action as 2U24 approached the bridge!
Kind regards - Mazey day next - watch the weather turn.....