Thank you for such a prompt and positive response to my photos. That is so kind.
About four years after I bought a slide scanner, I eventually began scanning about this time last year, starting with my earliest colour images from 1978. I am currently only at July 1985. It’s a slow but utterly rewarding business - reliving each of those cherished moments….even the bad photos of which there are plenty!
I lived at Perranwell from 1980 to 1985 but grew up in Plymouth, then we moved to the Cotswolds where we still are. But my railway passion has always been for Devon and Cornwall. Having said that, most of my slides are of foreign steam from my trips to South Africa, Zimbabwe and India and then other places after 1985, so although I have a selection of Cornwall and Devon scenes I wish so much that I had taken more.
I do have some interesting black and whites as well though, having taken quite a few photos on three Cornish ‘Runabout’ weeks in 1974, 76 and 77. I focussed mostly on signal boxes rather than the trains. I am not sure why given that in 1974 the Western class diesels were a far more threatened species than the signalling.
In answer to your question, my photo of St Blazey was taken from a ‘Castle Air’ Long Ranger helicopter that was giving rides from the beach at Carlyon Bay. I asked the pilot to fly over the site so I could take photos. My fellow passengers didn’t seem to mind where we went so that suited me. It’s an interesting photo showing no fewer than three signal boxes - Par, St Blazey and Middleway Crossing. This was the very same helicopter the Anneka Rice flew in for the TV program 'Treasure Hunt’.
Very many thanks.
Kind regards, Geoff Hurrell
Shaldon Bridge 1