On Friday the steam loco, support coach and diesel loco runs from Penzance to laira & return to turn the loco.
The steam loco is 46233 Duchess of Sutherland, and the diesel expected to be a WCR maroon liveried 33/37/47 or 57. (Watch this space).
1Z48 15.52 Exeter St Davids to Penzance
Plymouth 17.04 / 17.59 (Water)
Camborne 19.35 / 19.37
St Erth 19.49
Friday (Turning move via Laira - Diesel leading)
5Z51 10.22 Penzance to Laira
St Erth 10.31
Plymouth 12.17 / 12.31
5Z52 14.06 Laira to Penzance
Saturday return working with steam from Penzance
1Z54 07.20 Penzance to Exeter St Davids
St Erth 07.30
Lostw'l up loop 08.39/08.58
Plymouth 09.49/ 11.33 Platform 5
Please find attached something a little different, internal photographs of two culverts at either end of Wivelscombe tunnel and the approach cuttings.
Culverts are often overlooked but are vital to the safe operation of the railway, they permit watercourses, ditches or other waterbodies to be conveyed beneath railway embankments.
Apart from the excavation of cuttings, culverts are very often one of the first pieces of permanent infrastructure to be constructed as the embankment is then be constructed over and around the culverts.
Clearly these culverts have been built to last and constructed with a little flare – the differing brick work patterns and orientation is very interesting and impressive.
Mark Dennis Howells BEng (Hons) MPWI MIAM
Senior Asset Engineer (Drainage & Lineside)
Many thanks Mark.
Please find attached a shot from 9th April 2005 which you might be able to use. A 153 + 150 pairing soars over Coldrennick viaduct on a lovely Cornish spring day, with the 1025 Penzance - Bristol Temple Meads.
Best Regards, Chris Harvey