An email to let you know this Saturday 'The Friends Of Penmere Station' in Falmouth are celebrating their 30th anniversary of looking after the station by way of a gala. I have attached a PDF copy of the poster for you, if you could put this onto the CRS website that would be appreciated.
As you can see we have quite a few attractions and stands to keep people entertained including a traction engine and a 5 inch size engine, a 1936 Austin taxi (the only one west of Exeter), stationary engines, a vintage coach in the afternoon to link with 'Penryn Fair Day', a feast of stalls including 'Dynamite Valley Brewery' with their full range of beers.
We have been in contact with the relatives of the last two station masters Leonard Grose and Robert (Bob) Lamport, unfortunately the daughter of Leonard Grose could not make it this year but the daughter of Bob Lamport, Zara Radford, will at some point in the day be attending.
Our gala does however fall on the same day as one of the strikes (the dates for these were confirmed after all our arrangements had already been made), we hope that people can still try and make it in by bus or car/carshare. There is no parking at the station itself on the day because our galas now have to take place solely in the car park, but there is some parking in the immediate area and again bus and taxis are available.
Friends Of Penmere Station.
Didcot and Oxford
These are from another good friend of mine Peter Todd [quite surprising to some thatAs it was a sunny day, I set sail for Oxfordshire
The blue water tankers were parked in Didcot's station sidings. Why, who knows.
Freightliner 66525 southbound @ 1255 hours, Rep. No. 6C50. Oxford Banbury Road sidings to Whatley Quarries. Empties I suppose.
GWR 165 127 running into platform 3 to become the 1155 trip back to Didcot.
GWR 800 xxx southbound for Paddington @ 1131. No front cowlings and if you look closely on the right you will see a BTP officer doing his best to coax a distressed lady of the Chiltern Rly. tracks. He was successful. Apparently due to a signal fault in the London Area no Chiltern Trains were running anyway.
EWS 66140 southbound to Didcot with a short rake of car transporters @ 1153. Rep. No. 4Z20, Bescot to Didcot.
Freightliner 70011, southbound @ 1150, Rep. No 4090. Leeds FLT to Southampton Docks.
Two observations, these freight trains seem much longer than usual, fully loaded and impressive at speed. I understand, money has been spent in the docks at Southampton extending the loops and sidings to accommodate the longer trains.
Just as I arrived at Didcot in the morning a fully loaded Freightliner with 66552 at the head raced through Platform 2 at 70mph. The draft and noise were intimidating, and it is easy to understand how prams and wheelchairs can get dragged in.
with a refurbished Power Car completed by the S.D.R.
Mark Lynam Mick House Roger Winnen
60007 Sir Nigel Gresley
The Golden Hind Slough to Plymouth and Return
On Tuesday I went to Lostwithiel to see 950001 go down the Fowey branch then drove to Bodmin Parkway to get a train to Plymouth then spent to day on the Gunnislake branch.
Then Wednesday saw a GWR Castle set make a trip to Newquay, being swapped at Plymouth from an IET.
Empty from St.Blazey MO to B.North. MX 0720 Empty from Wadebridge. Last SX 1750 B.North to Wadebridge Finish SO 1905 Empty Bodmin N to St.Blazey Hope that helps Doug Nicholls in WR Diagrams 1969 to 1999