Driver Alan Peters
I had a knee re[placement operation just under 7 weeks ago, taking a long time to get over but I am now off the crutches and walking ok. The operated knee is inflamed and painful at times, but is improving as time goes on. So in railway terms I am on restricted working, not taken a picture this year yet. I could only drive the car as from last Monday week, and using the clutch etc only doing local journeys in it. Bernard
A pair of St Blazey Survivors
By Neil Phllips
Towards the end of ‘Clayhood’ operation in early 1988 B743835 (built Swindon 1960) found itself off the track and abandoned at Coombe Junction! It was later recovered and rebuilt at St Blazey to serve as the depot’s ‘gate guardian’. It was still there in 2004 but would later move to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway where it was rebuilt again and still survives.
Cowans Sheldon 6½-ton crane ADS2008 was one of a number constructed during WW2 and may have been a St Blazey resident for decades, assuming that this is the same crane buffered up to Class 08 D4009 in my photo taken in April 1969 (the black/yellow warning panel application matches – these cranes displaying no standard pattern for this). In between my own two photos it was recorded with its runner wagon, 1958-built ex-‘Conflat A’ ADB502826, at Exmouth Junction in 1979, possibly there for repairs. At that time the runner still retained its side chain pockets but evidently these had been removed by 1995. It is currently preserved on the Swanage Railway, apparently still paired with its long-term running mate! (In 1962 this type of crane was the subject of what was, for its time, a remarkably accurate model by Tri-ang Railways – due to its popularity tens of thousands were made over the years and it is still easy to find secondhand.)
Down Penzance Way
All the Best
Railway Postcard Collection
I hope this finds you well. I have been creating a series of short videos on YouTube of my postcard collection and have done one on the railways in Cornwall which may be of interest to you and to the members of the Cornwall Railway Society. The link is below. Take a look and if you feel it is suitable feel free to either embed it or post the link on your website.
All for now,
A Cornish Postcard: On The Railways