Gloucester to Chepstow
Cheers, Colin Burges.
Par & Lostwithiel
I am a long-term follower of the Cornwall Railway Society and your daily updates always allow escapism from the usual routine. Living in Hampshire, seeing all of the regular updates – whether present or past content – are always welcome and appreciated.
I am presently down in Cornwall for a week and thought that I may be able to share some photos that I have taken over the week. I am usually a bus man, but Cornwall and the prospect of change does funny things to you! The history of the Cornish railways fascinates me along with the promise of (hopefully) sunny and relaxed breaks.
Picture 1: Cross Country’s Class 221 221135 heads north on 25th July with the 1S47 0837 Penzance to Edinburgh service. I usually catch the 0945(ish) service in to Truro and have seen the Cross Country arrival at Par for many years, whether it be to Scotland or Manchester. To see it roaring through took me a little by surprise. Pictured 25th July 2023.
Picture 2: Not the best photo, but I am a busman as I say and not used to the lengths and speed of the railway! Here, having returned me safely from Penzance to Par illustrates 43155 leading the 2U32 1650 Penzance to Cardiff Central at Par, with 43010 on the rear. I always tend to take a photo of the train that I’ve just got off for keepsake at Par… will this be the last time I am on an HST? Pictured 25th July 2023.
Picture 3: Taken the next day, here is Class 150 150244 having just arrived, pictured following the 1310 arrival from Newquay, alongside 802009 on the 2P16 Penzance to Plymouth route – note how the weather has changed in less than 24 hours! I was on the 150 from Newquay and we arrived in just a minute or two before the IET arrived from Penzance – many passengers were pleased to be able to make the connection so efficiently.
Picture 4: A longer shot illustrating 150244 at Par again - I took this one as it moves on the 5N07 Par to Par Chapel Siding to illustrate the shunt signal in use, as I know the semaphores will be gone by my visit next summer.
Pictures 5: Finally, popping up the line to Lostwithiel, here is HST 43154 arriving with the 2C27 1417 Plymouth to Penzance service, in the pouring rain and framed by one of the semaphores which will be no more the next time I visit. 43092 was on the rear. I know the IETs are a little like marmite – some people love them, others dislike them – but there is a certain thrill and sense of occasion when an HST arrives in the station more than other types in the south west.
Feel free to use as many or as few of the photos that you wish; thank you for all the good work that you continue to do.
Best wishes, James
Bath Green Park
Earlier this year extensive work took place to renew the glazed roof of the 'train shed' of the former Bath Green Park station. Sadly, just after the work had finished, a fire broke out in the early hours of 23rd April and caused severe damage to part of the wooden superstructure on the south ('departure platform') side of the station - see https://www.bathecho.co.uk/news/es/firefighters-tackle-blaze-green-park-station-101838/ . This is slowly being repaired.