Andrew and Diane Jones
There are few places so enchanting as Combe Junction on the Liskeard to Looe branch line.
Although devoid of its picturesque signal box it wouldn’t take much imagination to travel back in time.
The ‘Titfield Thunderbolt’ could easily have been filmed here on this lazy outpost of the GWR, overlooked by mainline trains from the lofty viaduct at the head of the valley.
In part one of this article, I have illustrated the reversal procedure, having descended the almost perfect horseshoe and lost considerable height from Liskeard Station the modern day guard has to climb down from the DMU, notify by phone the signal box at Liskeard and proceed to unlock the ground frame with the branch token, although a fairly relaxed procedure, in the teeth of a gale I should think it isn’t much fun!
The lady guard reminds me of the time when class 37’s ruled the day on the clays at Moorswater, and being quite taken back by a female driver (something unusual at the time),who climbed down from the cab in a rather short skirt and managed somehow to maintain her modesty!
Regards - Andrew.
66176 our old "friend" from 2014 has also visited. This was our loco marooned by the Dawlish washout and remained on the CDA circuit for an exceptional time. Nice to see it back, still in the same livery as then!
A set passing Scorrier was also recorded.
The 18th saw me at Par with glorious light all day. Some westbound trains were photographed in the afternoon sunshine.
Out on nights, the Night Riviera was spotted at St Austell with DRS liveried 57306 on the job.
Attached are the latest site photographs of the continuing rebuild of Bodmin General bridge Nos.13A and 13B. I understand that the work will be completed, and Beacon Road reopened, on Wednesday 23 March 2022, today.
Chris Bellett, Retired S&T Engineer, CRS Member
Below are a few photos taken on the St Ives branch from last Friday 18th March in the afternoon spring sunshine.