Solihull 05.22 Exeter St David's 10.17 Plymouth 11.22 Liskeard 11.49
Lostwithiel 12.08 Par 12.16 St Austell 12.22 Truro 12.48/12.51 Redruth 13.02 Camborne 13.07 Penzance
Penzance 16.02 Camborne 16.23 Redruth 16.34 Truro 16.39/16.42 Par 17.08 Bodmin Parkway 17.17 Liskeard 17.30 Plymouth 17.54/18.03 Exeter St David's 19.13/19.37 Solihull 00.07
Tame Bridge Parkway 05.44 Exeter At David's 10.28 Plymouth 11.42/11.49 Liskeard 12.19 Bodmin Parkway 12.31 Lostwithiel 12.38 Par 12.45/12.48 Truro 13.18/13.31 Redruth 13.30 Camborne 13.37 St Erth 13.50 Penzance 14.00
Penzance 16.28 St Erth 16.37/16.40 Camborne 16.50 Redruth 16.56 Truro 17.07/17.10 Par 17.37/17.40 Lostwithiel 17.46 Liskeard 18.04 Plymouth 18.28/18.56 Exeter St David's 20.22 Tame Bridge Parkway 00.21
Lynton and Barnstaple
I thought I'd submit some preservation-era L&B photos for a change.
Unfortunately following the recent expiry of the planning permission to extend through the National Park to Blackmoor Gate there has been a lot of negative comment complaining of lack of progress, much of course driven by hindsight. Disappointing as this setback is, not all is doom & gloom; members of the Trust have made some remarkable progress over the last few years as I hope this selection of photos shows.
Lynton & Barnstaple train, 2009 (2nd October)
Seen here climbing the last hundred yards or so of the gradient into Woody Bay station is a typical L&BR train of the early preservation years from 2004 until 2013. Ex-industrial loco 'Sid' is hauling 3 coaches which originally had been built for use at Thorpe Park Theme Park in Surrey. By 2013 two of the railway's original coaches of 1898 had been rebuilt & were in use, & the Thorpe Park coaches disposed of. 'Sid' left the railway at the end of the 2013 season & is now in Sweden.
Lynton & Barnstaple train, 2019 (29th September)
The train now comprises 5 L&B coaches rebuilt by the L&B Trust's East Anglian Support Team workshop, initially at Great Yeldham but since 2017 near Colchester. From the left the coaches are:
- No.16 3rd Brake (delivered September 2013)
- No. 5 Composite (delivered September 2019)
- No. 7 3rd Observation (delivered April 2013)
- No. 11 3rd (delivered April 2015)
- No. 17 Composite Brake (delivered April 2013)
Old & new coaches at Woody Bay, (11th May 2013)
On the right are the coaches, originally built in 1984 for the Thorpe Park Theme Park in Surrey, that had been used for the passenger service since the re-opening in 2004. Their days at Woody Bay are numbered. On the left behind 'Lyd' are the 2 newly rebuilt original L&BR coaches that had been delivered in April. A 3rd coach will join them in September & the Thorpe Park coaches will be redundant. They were sold to Statfold Barn Railway, near Tamworth in Staffordshire.
Approaching Woody Bay Station 2019 (28th September)
2-year old replica Baldwin loco 'Lyn' returns to Woody Bay on the first day of the 2019 Autumn Gala. This is the first occasion since 1935 that a 5 carriage train has been run on the railway. The 2nd coach in the train (No. 5, a 6 compartment Composite) has just been delivered from the carriage rebuilding workshop near Colchester operated by the Trust's East Anglian Support Team. As ever the 'twin peaks' of Holdstone Down and Trentishoe Down dominate the skyline.
Some progress I think! Mind you, I'm biased. One of the few advantages of living in East Anglia, some 250 miles away from Woody Bay, is that I'm only 65 miles away from the carriage workshop near Colchester. I'm off there tomorrow!
 Two iET trains pass at the east end of Pewsey Station. The London bund one had stopped to pick up passengers whilst the Exeter bound one passed throgh at speed.
 and  Locomotive No. 66605 was pulling a train from Whatley Quarry headng for Appleford [between Didcot and Oxford] loaded with stone. Its reporting reference is 6A24 and was ON TIME.
 Locomotive No. 59202 was heading west with an empty stone train from Theale, near Reading, passed through the station 13 minutes LATE. Its reorting reference is 6C31
[5 and ] Locomotive 66546 was heading east with a Whatley Quarry to West Drayton, near London, its reporting reference was 6A19 and was ON TIME.
 and  60103 'Flying Scotsman' heading for Salisbury. Its reporting reference was 1Z52 and was 8 minutes LATE
A few more for you before I go away on holiday for a week. These are all from July 1979, and the wide-angle view of Falmouth is stitched together from two separate photos. Based on my experience during the Shanty Festival last weekend, it's a shame we can't have 4-car units on the branch nowadays!
Best regards, Howard.