Colin writes :- Spoke to a couple of railwaymen coming from the depot and asked them about the old terminus. Luckily one of them was a 9F fan and he told me that the track still went within a few hundred yards of Bournemouth West. Stupidly I followed Wessex Way that now cuts through the station site and had to climb the central barrier and a fence to escape, being honked at by motorists perhaps jealous of my freedom. And here is the end of the line, 250 yards from the terminus.
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Craig writes :- Hi Keith,
I see the diesel / steam debate rages away on line about the preferred traction for charters. We've been spoiled with 50s and 47s in action, so nice to see steam too. The WCR class 37/7 was a bonus, especially when I stood in the field at Milltown, Lostwithiel and could hear the grunt of the loco beavering away - living up to its tractor nickname. Audibly, It could have been 1985 with 37207 William Cookworthy bringing empty clay hoods up the bank. However, a black five came into view with the 37 pushing for all it was worth!
Interesting to then see the heavy weight class 37 37706 on St Blazey. They were never common as their Route Availability (RA) was too high for many of the freight lines in the Duchy. The black 5 got some attention too!!
All the best, Craig Many thanks Craig