Rick Palmer and Nick Perring
These were at Treswithian Camborne of Rick Palmer - former committee member and much missed booksales officer. In his euology considerable reference was made to his railway interests and in front of his coffin on the bier a rare 'O' gauge model of 4472 was placed. He is sadly missed by all. The funeral was attended by several CRS members.
The funeral of my great friend Nick Perring took place today.
Nick had been a volunteer at the SDR for 48 years and also was a S and T engineer on BR and Network rail. He specialised in mechanical signaling until his retirement 5 years ago. Often working in Cornwall. He was well known and popular enthusiast and will be sorely missed by many. He was also a avid Plymouth Argyle fan. His funeral was attended by several hundred of his friends and his family.
The train took Nick on his last trip on the SDR before a Funeral service at Weston Mill crematorium in Plymouth.
A sad day but a wonderful send off for a great railwayman and friend of many.
Kind regards. Paul.
With regards, Guy Vincent.
Cranmore has a Cornish connection: the box there closed back in 1968 and the frame dismantled. The building housed an art museum when David Sheherd was alive. Today the box has the lever frame from Coombe Junction., 26 levers -probably not enough for ESR requirements, so it may have to be extended before it can be brought into use. The fràme is a modern one - it was new in 1956.
Roy Thanks Roy.
Your letter to The Chard Flyer is spot on and they will surely relish the extra publicity our Society can give.
The last pictures I took, before I lost mobility, were in Wiltshire during the first week of September. We planned to cycle the Kennet & Avon towpath, from Devizes to Bath but only limped as far as the aqueduct over the railway, just South of Bradford Junction. Although it was raining and miserable for cyclists and photographers alike, I rather like the shot of the stone empties threading their way across the junction towards Swindon.
A few days later, having temporarily given up walking and cycling I visited Swindon STEAM Museum for their excellent model railway show. On return I found myself at Swindon Station with the Theale Puma fuel tank train lurking in the Down Loop awaiting a path to South Wales. The best shot is clearly from the Up platform, across two tracks but the passenger timetable is remarkably unhelpful and often plans for a long passenger train to obscure the view. So it was on this day but I took the gamble and reckoned I could squeeze off a couple of semi-tele shots before losing the view if necessary. The following sequence shows just how this happened in reality with pic (1) being a passable 3/4 view with the Up Paddington "Runner Bean" at platform and waiting to depart. I like to think the driver held departure for a few more seconds to let me get the shot and if so, many thanks. The train then departed (2) and by the time it passed (3) I was left with the rear tanks of the fuel train.
The purists would say that a head-on shot from the Dn platform was the safest plan but, in my case, the excitement of pulling off a better view always wins through.
With kind regards, Brian