Point problems at Lostwithiel causes delays
Tony Shore Roger Winnen
David Tozer Roger Winnen
Best regards, Howard.
I hope you are well.
On Saturday DB Cargo operated a 6Z73 1432 Exeter Riverside to Par service. This brought down the empty clay wagons from Cliffe Vale, Stoke, but the consist also included 5 JGA type hopper wagons and 2 additional JIA type clay tankers (all immediately behind the loco), which had been in store at Long Marston. These 7 wagons are to augment the wagon fleet for Clay operations, following withdrawal of the CDAs. The train terminated in Lostwithiel Down Goods Loop and recessed there over the weekend, continuing to St Blazey early this morning. Attached is my image of 6Z73, with 66190 in charge, taken at Powderham Footbridge. I hope that it is of interest.
Kind regards, David Ive.
I hope you're both keeping well. I particularly enjoyed the cab ride in the Western.
My good friend, Brian Oldham, has sent me this link, which you might like to share on the website. It's in the Daily Mail, so is in the public domain. The chap has an enviable selection of local signs on his shed. Shame he's up in the west Midlands, rather than local.
All the best, Peter Murnaghan.
St Columb Road
Andrew and Diane Jones
Unusually I was passing St Columb Road station today in time to witness the 11.18 1A86 Newquay to Paddington express.
Formed of 9 coaches operating as 800304.
Its been some while since I last used this station which unusually has a substantial car park and is free of charge, so when Cornwall returns to normality I think I may return for a trip down to Par.
From the Newquay end of the station you can just spy out the minor road level crossing which various local sources call ‘Cuckoo crossing’ or ‘Halloon’ which I remember as a child watching the gate keeper controlling the traffic from the adjacent tiny cottage.
As I write this article I note that 800304 is now approaching Tiverton Parkway and is running 10 minutes late, but in context I think Brunel would have been pleased with an expected arrival time in Paddington at around 16.30 some 5 hours from Newquay!
There was a gentleman patiently waiting to board the train at St Columb and was dumb founded when it didn’t stop, which given the short period it would have required having slowed for the level crossing seems a little unreasonable in my opinion and another customer lost to National Express which he muttered, head down passing me at a pace.
Very best wishes Andrew and Diane
No doubt some CRS members were onboard!