Michael L. Roach.
The Tamar Bridge was completed 60 years ago after some 2½ years work costing £1,800,000. The suspension bridge was constructed by the Cleveland Bridge and Engineering Company who had a number of famous bridges to their credit, but the firm sadly went into administration in 2021. The crossing was opened to the public at 06.00 on Tuesday 24 October 1961 and I was driving one of the first cars to cross the bridge. I had booked a day's leave and was planning to spend the day photographing trains on the railways of mid and west Cornwall. 1961 was the last complete year with a reasonable amount of steam locos to photograph.
All photographs taken on 24 October 1961
5192 7715 leaves Truro with a train for Falmouth, wearing an 83B shedplate, although officially it was allocated to St. Blazey Shed from October 1952 to January 1962.
5200 5744 of Truro Shed heads up the main line near Chacewater Garden Centre with a local goods train.
5202 The daily goods train is seen heading south near Mithian village.
5203 5562 is seen passing milepost 11½ just south of Shepherds with a Newquay to Truro train. 5562 was a long-term resident of Truro Shed going back to before nationalisation.
5204 A pannier tank is seen at St. Dennis Junction with a Par to Newquay train
MLR / 22nd October 2021
The train is the rear end of the 0742 Bristol Temple Meads - Penzance, nicely reflected in the river.
Best Regards, Chris Harvey, Bodmin.
Cowley Bridge Jct.
T/T with classmate No.66098 at at Cowley Bridge Junc.
on 23rd October 2021,
working the 3J13 09:09 Westbury to St. Blazey LIP via Salisbury
and Westbury again RHTT.
Regards Keith Turley.