Here is 66092 on the 1629 Rocks - Fowey taken off the Treffy viaduct 27th April 2015.
Cornwall is always nice in the Springtime,but shame but I shan't see it this year.
Best regards Roger Geach
Best wishes, Julian
Royal Albert bridge
And so to the pictures which have prompted to get in touch……..
Andrew Thompson’s photo of large-logo blue 47515 approaching Hayle (it looks like ‘515 to me too) – I attach a view of the same loco at Truro on 31st July 1971, in its original condition. As D1961 this was the very last Class 47 to enter traffic, delayed by several months until January 1968 after being retained by the RTC at Derby. This may have had something to do with it being fitted with Electric Train Heating from new (as was D1960). D1953-61 were all outshopped in this ‘pattern’ of blue livery from new, and for some reason most of them were seen in Cornwall that summer. D1961 was withdrawn quite early, in January 1991, so saw only 23 years’ service – by comparison D1660 City of Truro was built 3 years earlier and is still going strong 55 years later!
The strikingly colourful 37884, recently used on an HST stock move, was previously 37183, and in April 1984 this became the only locomotive Swindon Works ever turned out in large-logo blue livery, for use in Scotland. Unusually it retained its frost grilles, ‘domino’ headcode panels and bufferbeam skirting. I have some photos of it gleaming on Swindon Stabling Point but scanning those is on my retirement To Do List……..
Roger Winnen’s Chacewater photos show 50024 + 45031 eastbound and 47244 heading west. How do I know? Because I was located a mile or so to the east and photographed the same trains passing Saveock! (The double-header photo is already on the website.) I have the date as 25th June 1977, four days later, but having compared photos (loco orientation, wiper positions, dirt patterns etc) I have no doubt they are the same workings. Quite a coincidence, since by then I was only an occasional visitor to Cornwall and after this week wouldn’t return for five years – still my longest time away.