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GWR Victorian Bogie Saloon Coach
"The South Devon Railway and Bodmin and Wenford Railway are pleased to announce that GWR First Class Saloon 9044 has arrived at Buckfastleigh for recommissioning work and use on the railway during the summer.
The carriage was built in 1881 and is believed to be the oldest surviving GWR bogie coach in existence. Originally used as a family saloon for the high society, it has supposedly seen passengers such as King Edward VII, then Prince of Wales, and opera singer Madame Patti. In 1936 it was converted to a Civil Engineers Saloon and was travelled in by officers of the Great Western Railway and then British Railways until it was withdrawn in the 1960s. The carriage was restored to use in 2013 and has since operated on special days from it’s home at Bodmin station, Cornwall.
Whilst at the South Devon Railway, recommissioning work and maintenance will be carried out on 9044 before it is used for a period during the summer season. It’s debut on the SDR is expected to be during the lines 150th Anniversary event between the 30th April and 2nd May, where passengers will be able to experience what travel was like over 140 years ago.
David Nelson-Brown, Chairman of the Bodmin and Wenford Railway PLC said “ We are delighted to be able to enter into this partnership with our friends at the South Devon Railway. Covid created backlogs in our workshop has side-lined this historic vehicle for too long and this loan to South Devon will see the carriage back in traffic much quicker than at home. We are looking forward to seeing it in action this summer across the River Tamar and are already making plans for its use in Cornwall next year.
Kind Regards, Chris Bellett. Retired S&T Engineer, CRS Member
CMS 5 or GMS 5
Long time admirer of your website.
I was interested in Mark Graham’s picture on your website of the construction site with a stone tower behind. The stone building looks more like a former windmill tower to me, than anything connected with mining. I’m not aware of any tramways in the vicinity of the well-known surviving Windmill towers on the Lizard (https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1004397?section=official-list-entry), or the one at Carlyon near Rock (https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1124733?section=official-list-entry)
But there’s a less well-known one at Fowey – see https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1290443?section=official-list-entry. The windmill is alongside the (former?) waterworks, could the picture be of reservoirs under construction?
All just guesses of course, and the photo might not be in Cornwall.
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Sunday 27th March
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The late John Vines
I trust all is well, and Cornwall is starting to feel a taste of Spring. Attached are some pictures taken by Dad in the 1970s, for which I've been able to scan the negs, and which may be of interest.