South Devon Rly
Yesterday I took a trip to the South Devon Railway to partake in their bank holiday ale festival and had the pleasure of meeting Roger Winnen on the train from Saltash to Totnes, as he was on his way to the Paignton & Dartmouth Railway.
Looks like we definitely picked the right day for it as the weather's taken a definite turn for the worse today!
Attached are some shots from the day - not my best compositions, I feel the refreshments on offer may have had some influence! However, if you feel they are of use then by all means please include them on the site, certainly won't be offended if you decide not to though :)
All the best, Ross. Many thanks for four super pictures.
Regards, Clive Smith
Many thanks the above Clive, I recommend that everybody checks out the link. I found the contents very interesting indeed. The products do look first class.
Clifton Bridge Sta
Noting you don't have many recent photos of trains operating on the branch, I thought I would send you these of Freightliner's 66549 passing the site of the former Clifton Bridge station on 425X East Usk Yard to Portbury Coal Terminal at 1824 on 24th August 2018.
It was raining heavily at the time, which shows how our railways continue their work, come rain or shine, in some pretty dismal conditions.
I hope they are of interest to your members.
Regards, Dave Field Most certainly of great interest.
Hope you didn't get too wet, many thanks to you David
However this has been solved by Robert Crawley manager of the West Country Historic Omnibus and Transport Trust. The WHOTT have a museum not far from Tiverton, it is pleasing to know that Sids collecuon is in appreciative hands. Many thanks to you Robert.
You will find details of the WHOTT on
Ever heard of James or Jim Varcoe?
I must also ask you if you have ever heard of a man in Cornwall called James (or Jim) Varcoe? He was a
prolific photographer of transport subjects but his vocation was with the Camborne School of Mines. He emigrated to Australia before the war and returned home to retire somewhere in the St Keyne area. He would almost certainly be dead now but I have often wondered what became of his collection of photos which must have been taken at a very interesting time. In my attempt to track him down I met the head of the Varcoe tribe living in St Dennis. All Varcoe's in the phone book seem to live within twenty miles of there! It
was from there I was directed to St Keyne but then the trail went cold.
Kind regards, Robert. Does anybody know of him please?