West Somerset Railway
This weekend is the West Somerset Railway's spring steam gala with several visiting engines. Having lunch in the lovely garden at Stogumber station gave me the opportunity to observe the passing trains - of which I attach a few photos. The timetables for the four days provide plenty of interest and a good variety of locos and trains - and the weather looks reasonable so let's hope the event is well supported. I'll be busy on the train myself on Saturday.
I have much enjoyed Mike Roach's series on 1962. The photo published yesterday of the Clay Lines special at St Columb Road features a 'well known enthusiast'. It is the late Larry Crosier, who in fact was the organiser of the tour. Larry was general secretary of the PRC at the time. He was a signalman at Laira Junction until 1968.
I attended Larry's funeral at Reading, some years back and enjoyed meeting up with Bernard Mills, Maurice Dart and many others from that time in Cornwall.
Andrew & Diane Jones
So I thought a good day to write an article for CRS.
I have attached two photographs of Pendavey Bridge in the now widely used ‘then and now’ format.
The 1977 view looks towards Wadebridge, down the long straight with the North Cornwall Junction just out of sight.
Pendavey Bridge was originally constructed using two 27 feet wooden spans supported by a large centre stone pier.
During a severe flood in 1847 the bridge was washed away and over the years recontructed a number of times culminating in 1887 with replacement cast iron girders resting on the original centre pier, which are still in place today.
The latest photograph taken this week is about to change for ever, with the construction of a large housing estate on the skyline.
Both Wadebridge and Padstow are ranked as very desirable towns and would certainly benefit from reconnection to the rail network, but just as the reconstruction of the Helston Railway is handicapped by subsequent development so would any attempt to navigate Wadebridge.
Very best wishes Andrew and Diane
View from the Fowey branch