A week at work
As we slowly emerge from the dreadful lockdown, the lineside and railways seem to be coming to life once again.
First news of a Locomotive Services Limited (LSL) private charter operating over the Easter period. The Chairman's own train will be running in Cornwall on 2nd / 3rd April as part of a Route wide tour. The 7 coach train will be worked a pair by LSL class 37s (from the pool of 37521 / 667 / 668). The train will travel down to Penzance on Easter Sunday, then operate between Truro and Penzance on Mon 3rd. The train heads back east on Wed, and will make a colourful addition to the mainline over the period. Timings are on Real Time Trains.
The last fortnight has seen us operating Single Line Working between Par & Lostwithiel over the Down main line whilst the Fowey upside river bridge was replaced. For operational purposes, as Pilotman we worked between Par & Bodmin Parkway. I covered the early and night watchman shifts. It was super to witness the class 57s on the Night Riviera in action. The Sleepers called at Lostwithiel, with the train using the down platform, of course which was a rare opportunity to grab some pictures. Some trains were retimed and the clay had an 11.11 departure from Goonbarrow and is seen at Middleway on 24th with 66150.
Finally, a work related trip took to the Midlands last week. This allowed a chance to see the EMR celebrity power car 43102 in action at Leicester. The nearby depot is a haven for vintage locomotives, a hark back to the 1990s with class 37s, 47s, 56s, and 58s in abundance.
Cheers for now, Craig
Autumn Gala 2011 (3)
Andrew and Diane Jones
Both photographs were taken in 1981 and I had forgotten all about them until checking through some paperwork and notes last week.
The railway was established by James Evans who built the private railway in 1968 to the gauge of 1 feet 10 ¾ in 1968.
Two steam locomotives were based at Trebullet, Velinheli built by Hunslet in 1886 and Sybil built by W.G.Bagnall in 1906, originally from Dinorwic Quarry.
On closure in 1987 both locomotives and a carriage were transferred to the Launceston Steam Railway.
Information about the railway is scarce, research online shows a visit by Plymouth Railway Circle in 1978 who travelled in a wagon fitted with old church pews!
Although only 400 metres in length, I remember there were some sidings which you can see in the photographs with a ground signal and a 10 mph speed limit, unfortunately the vegetation had taken over somewhat.
Does anyone have any memories or more photographs please ?
Best wishes Andrew and Diane
https://en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Inny_Valley_Railway
Any more memories or pictures please.
HELSTON RAILWAY VANDALISED
The Helston Railway, run by the Helston Railway Preservation Society, was hit by the anti-social behaviour when a small group of young people trespassed onto the railway and caused damage to a number of buildings and carriages.
The culprits, who were caught on the railway's CCTV cameras, smashed the windows of carriages, engines and the crew room as well as graffitied bridges and let off fire extinguishers after breaking in to get them.
Perhaps most upsetting though is the smashing of a slate memorial to a past driver of the branch back in its working days.
Police have been informed of the incidents and are in possession of various photographs and other evidence.
Unfortunately, this unacceptable behaviour has come at a time when the Helston Railway has been working to ensure its survival through the Covid-19 pandemic, having just received a a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The grant, which was described by general manager, Colin Savage, as a 'lifesaver' has given the charity the means to pay for utilities as well as some limited standing costs.
Not only that, but the money has also provided the means to carry out vital maintenance and repairs to locomotives, rolling stock, plant and equipment
It will also enable Helston Railway to refurbish items such as boiler tubes for the steam locomotive, William Murdoch, and obtain new panels, paint and window rubbers for a diesel rail car as well as engine work to diggers and dumpers.
While the charity did have some funds left after being forced to close due to coronavirus restrictions, the grant has helped towards other costs for training, professional services and transport for items of rolling stock.
This has now enabled the railway to not just survive but also to be in a good position to face the future and reopen as soon as possible.
With regards to incident, Colin said: "What we would like to see and would very much welcome is youngsters joining us and getting involved in all aspects of running a railway.
"There are great skills to learn and some of our younger group have gone on to university studying rail engineering and suchlike.
"The rail industry is continuing to grow and even the likes of Network Rail recognise our input."
"Looking to the near future we hope to reopen the railway to the public in late June as long as government rules permit.
"There is a new steam loco due to arrive before then which should allow us to have two coach trains and with a new extension to our line the popular buffet cars will be located adjacent to our car park and will be open for longer periods.
"Our own fund raising efforts have not stopped and everyone is working hard to keep income rolling in so that we can keep on growing."
The National Lottery Heritage Fund is a scheme set up to distribute a share of National Lottery funding towards helping a range of heritage projects across the UK.