Saturday 23rd September 2023
John Ball & Roger Winnen
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I guess we're all having to adjust to the County without the signature CDAs. The character these four wheel wagons brought can now only be appreciated. The bogie wagons passing by seem mundane in contrast.
I've been on all shifts this week, including Par box and night MOM. This allowed me to enjoy the clay trains passing Par on 20th. The Goonbarrow to Carne Point saw the first consist including a JGA wagon. Things did not go to plan unfortunately as these wagons were designed to be loaded by overhead conveyor, rather than side-loading by scoop. It looks like DBC will have to take a look at these wagons long term suitability on the clay circuit.
6G09 is seen passing Par loaded, and returning in the afternoon.
Overnight saw a collection of no less than four red liveried class 66s in a line at St Blazey depot. Reliving old days of a packed diesel depot, 66101 / 66097 / 66113 and 66190 sparkled in the shed lights. 66190 still looking rather pristine with its white wheel rims and "silver" buffers.
Fri saw the monthly NMT run with better weather than of late and, at last, two smart looking power cars. 43277 and 43274 were on the train, and I couldn't quite sandwich in the orange rear power car in my shot at Merthen Farm near Par.
Best wishes, Craig.
The highlight is the bubble car which has been returned to use after several years in storage. It worked an evening special to Boscarne and Bodmin Parkway this evening.
also in use was 50042, 47306, ECC shunter ‘Denise’ and 08359.
The gala continues tomorrow (Sunday).
All the best, Jon