Guy & Charlotte Vincent
Photo by Charlotte Vincent
English Riviera Statesman
End to end.
East of Burngullow sees the weekly clay trains, which have seen bright red 66s add some lovely colour to contrast the rich greenery in the lineside.
I was called to Saltash this week for a signalling fault which was stable when I arrived. This allowed me some time to look around the area. The contractors have done a magnificent job clearing the lineside from Plymouth down to St Germans. A London bound Hitachi was pictured at Wearde Quay showing the former trackbed to good effect.
Next west was the overbridge at Churchtown Farm nature reserve. A stunning place to watch trains across Anthony's passage and Forder viaduct. The tannoys from naval ships on the river can give you a startle though with calls of "man overboard" as they practice their routines! Some ladies passed by and pointed out the new vineyard being established on the hills around Forder viaduct and castle. The small plastic pipes are visible in the freight picture. 66152 heads west running later than usual with 6V99 - 18 wagons all just fitting into the shot.
Closer to home, 66152 is seen with the JIAs after loading at Treviscoe and Par Harbour. Pictured at Mount Charles 66152 romps downhill from St Austell with 11 loaded wagons.
Finally a trip down west with supplies for Penzance box and time to see the new sidings taking shape at Ponsondane, Mounts Bay coaches now relocated away from their base by the former level crossing. 57605 had run around the sleeper stock and was ready to haul to Long Rock in stunning sunshine.
Best wishes for now.