The Station Wall Penzance
Looking at the passing buses most remained empty, the trains were a little better with the 12.03 from Paddington formed of a 9 car IET producing only a handfull of people.
We are into bleak times.
I decided to ‘self isolate’ over at Cogload for a while, and the following turned up in quick succession. around midday.
a) 158767 on a Cardiff – Taunton, and return.
b) 143620 allowed out on its own, ecs Bristol – Exeter
c) 70801, Westbury - St Blazey ballast
Hope these are of interest, Bill Elston.
Dear Keith and Roger,
Thank you for emailing me so promptly after we spoke at the CRS meeting on Saturday evening.
I really appreciate and value your offer to share your photographs, information and knowledge about our local railways with me; I will happily reciprocate. As I mentioned, a colleague, Dave Birch, and I who are both volunteers at the Hayle Heritage Centre are currently tasked to prepare an 'exhibition' covering the railways of Hayle. We hope to cover not only the Hayle Railway (and its successors) as such but also the National Explosives works branch and the wharves branch (as well as the companies/activities it served).
Attached are two photographs which may be of interest. The first comprises the photograph, which we have in the Hayle Heritage Centre, which was probably given by the Peckett company to the National Explosives works when it purchased locomotive no.1448 in 1917. I think it is a stock photograph of the M5 class of locomotive and, therefore, not a photograph of the particular locomotive, no. 1448. The second is a photograph no.1448 in service in 1952 at J. C. Hill & Company in Cwmbran, to whom no. 1448 was sold in 1924. I understand that this locomotive was scrapped in 1966.
My thanks again for your help and I look forward to future contact with you and Roger.
Wishing you well and, particularly, good health during the current Corona virus crisis,
'Closed over winter. Reopening in Spring 2020. Our free-entry Heritage Centre, housed within the Grade II* listed former Harvey & Co. offices, holds a large and diverse collection. Hayle dominated the global engineering market in the 1800s for its production of mining machinery and this legacy is preserved in our industrial history collection. Other local industries are also reflected, with objects relating to Hayle Power Station, the Dynamite Works and Metal Perforators J & F Pool. The wider social history collection covers local traditions, leisure and pleasure, ancient history, working life, maritime history and wartime Hayle. Our large oral history collection offers a first-hand account of life in Hayle, as told by local people.'