I was in Plymouth yesterday which coincided with 2C64/2M16 being allocated to a class 166 unit. 166221 was the unit and is pictured at platform eight connecting with a Castle set in number seven.
Turbos have worked random passenger services in the past, but this is believed to be the first rostered trip. It is booked a Turbo all week, due to the Bristol West blockade.
Other Castle sets are seen in the Plymouth / East Cornwall area.
NINETEEN SIXTY TWO – PART 66
The Truro and Newquay Railway
Michael L. Roach
The route closed completely on and from Monday 4 February 1963 and has now been closed longer than it was open for business. The two largest centres of population on the former route are St. Agnes (3,250) and Perranporth (3,000). I wonder if the residents of Perranporth in particular regret not having a railway station to bring in some of the hundreds, or is it thousands, of beach goers that descend on the town on a fine summer day. From Perranporth it is just 7½ miles to the mainline at Blackwater and 13 miles by rail to Truro. If the route was rebuilt from Blackwater to a terminus at Perranporth it should be possible to reach Truro in around 20-22 minutes with one intermediate stop at St. Agnes. This compares favourably with a journey time of 20 minutes by road when traffic is flowing freely, but much much longer during the rush hour. Within the scheme a park-and-ride station could be provided on the main line at Blackwater right alongside the A30 trunk road. I cannot help but thinking that this possible scheme might be a better way of spending the £57M that is planned to be spent on the proposed Mid-Cornwall Metro.
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A Goonbarrow Interlude
Perhaps they'll be of some interest to the signalling aficionado's amongst us, lots of fantastic semaphores on display.
A couple from 2018 at Crediton of traction which is no longer with us