It is now some months ago since Howard Sprenger approached us offering some early views of Falmouth station from his unique personal collection. Viewers will see examples of his work on the branch and elsewhere. "Here" says Howard, "Are some more of the Cornish Main line". Today we feature Bodmin Road, later Parkway in 1975/76.
Bodmin Road August 1975 (1) Copyright Howard Sprenger. Here we see the up platform at Bodmin Road with the metals serving the branch having been removed - at that time there was no vision of a resumption of passenger services. In the yard a rake of clay hoods stands.
Bodmin Road August 1975 (2) Copyright Howard Sprenger. An up milk rushes through head by a class 47. You will note the metals to Bodmin General are still connected to the up main - what a shame this connection which would have served well through services to the now flourishing Bodmin Railway was removed. The Bodmin Railway now only has a main line connection via the goods yard.
Bodmin Road 24th August 1976 (1) Copyright Howard Sprenger. In this view the signal box dominated by the large telephone pole was still operational - thankfully the box which adds character to the station is still there in use as a cafe.
Bodmin Road 24th August 1976 (2) Copyright Howard Sprenger. Moving further west aong along the down platform we see the up platform building.
Many thanks indeed Howard for the above reminders of what Bodmin Road (Parkway) looked like in the early seventies.