Detective Roger Winnen
This coal wagon was brought into Penzance Station Platform 1 for off loading the coal into the coal store located at the bottom of the stairs leading to the balcony and the former entrance to Penzance Station. Leslie tells me that Roy Welsh who died in 2019 age 93 from Mincarlo, Chapel Street Penzance and him were asked by the Station Master to off load this truck and place the coal in the room which was situated many feet below the pavement running outside the station. This was the coal store and when required coal could be distributed around the station for the office fires. He doesn't remember any fire places in that room. Possibly they were removed when the reconstruction inside the station was carried out in the late 1930s.
Once the truck was off loaded they were given the day off by the Station Master!
Bodmin & Wenford
Please find attached some pics from the BWR today, featuring resident class 50 no. 50042 and a few unexpected shots of the Pannier tank on a drivers experience course - I heard this coming up the bank from Boscarne whilst I was walking along to take a photo of the 50, it was very nice to be taken by surprise by something interesting - it doesn’t happen very often in the Railway world nowadays, as with the tech we all carry around it’s easy to know exactly what to expect to come along next!! (I’d forgotten that the BWR had 2 trains out today).
A great day out as always at Bodmin.
All the best, Jon Hird