A significant event took place at the B&WR yesterday (23 March 2022). At 13.30 hours we signed into commission a revised signalling arrangement that introduced some new signalling facilities and motor operated points, as previously notified. This was the first major change to the signalling at Bodmin General since the ‘new’ system was installed some 12 years ago. The work was what we refer to Stage 5 of the eventual scheme to connect in the new Platform No.2. Next winter will see a further step towards that final commissioning.
The photograph shows the Bodmin General lever frame slumbering in the early spring sunshine, freshly painted and awaiting its first passenger train service this coming Sunday, Mother’s Day Sunday, 27 March 2022.
Retired S&T Engineer
CMS 5 or GMS 5
I wondered if you might be able to offer any assistance in identifying the location in the attached early postcard.
I would estimate that it is pre 1920 and shows a horse drawn tramway cart with the letters CMS 5 on the side (could possibly be GMS but looks more like a C). There is also a steam navvy and it looks like a railway or tramway is being constructed.
There a shortish squat stone tower in the background which looks like the sort of thing found around the Cornish mining industry to my inexpert eye.
There is no information on the back of the postcard but it has a standard British backing of the era.
Any suggestions most welcome.
Below are three examples from this feature – please use this link to get to that features section and scroll as necessary. Apologies to all concerned and of course many thanks.