This morning Cross Country Trains passengers were treated to 43357 and 43285 working 1S49 09.25 Penzance-Edinburgh in place of the usual Voyager, 4 shots for CRS on a pleasant Bank Holiday morning at Penzance, departing from Platform 1 unusually
All the Best
A catch up of recent workings, including the steam Charter. I was nights last week so didn't surface Saturday morning for the up train. Nights have a habit of catching up with you!
25th April I caught 66165 leaving Carne Point on the causeway at Golant, just in the nick of time. It was also pictured near Treverrin Tunnel in super light near the Hot Box detector.
28th I popped around to Spring Farm at Coombe to arrange a visit to the freshly ploughed fields with the Round family, and watched a flurry of down trains (4 in an hour) pass by. The additional signal sections allowing such an envelope of movements. In fact, the section between PR107 at Burngullow and PR113 at Probus (5 miles) was a bit of a log jam. This remains a long section in the Duchy.
A class 802, Castle set, light class 47 and the charter itself was seen in golden light as the sun dropped behind me.
The 29th saw the turning move from Penzance to Liara and return led by the WCR class 47 47802. This was seen at Merthen Farm, Par and returning from the Brea. The new housing estate by Tricky Dickies severely reducing the green fields around Redruth.
On the final day of April, 30th, the swan song of 08444 pre overhaul took place on the B&W railway. It put in a good shift working with temporary replacement 08359. They are pictured on the last train of the day.
At last I've been able to get into the old paper mill at Silverton. In publishing the photos I took, I hope very much that I won't be the cause of people finding the place.
If you care to use my piece, perhaps you could just mention Stoke Canon, which is interesting enough, leaving your readers to find more if they choose.
A first class log.
Please find attached a rudimentary log (plus or minus 30 seconds on each timing!) of our journey back from Salisbury using the 13.57 South West trains service to Honiton on Saturday 30th April 2022.
We couldn’t avoid the bank holiday weekend and expected to encounter engineering works at any point on our lengthy journey from Brighton. It didn’t start well with our booked 09.04 service out of Brighton being cancelled due to engine failure, so we were advised to take the following 09.32 service with a change at Southampton.
Travelling first class on these services is a bit hit and miss, but luckily both sections to Salisbury had first class accommodation and all went without a hitch.
We had been advised initially at the start, that our journey from Salisbury would possibly involve a bus journey from Salisbury to Yeovil junction, due to engineering works, but the very helpful guard on the approach to Salisbury said our luck was in, as every other service that day to Honiton was being replaced by a diversion via Westbury and Castle Cary and we were not to worry if the train reversed at Westbury!
Our 10 coach ex London Waterloo service arrived at Salisbury a little early so that the last 4 coaches could be removed, something to do with the racing at Goodwood and Southampton playing at home.
Now this was a dream come true for me as I have never travelled this diversion route and I had to beg, steal and borrow a pen and paper to log the journey,
although I must warn readers that I have very limited experience of this process so please accept my apologies in advance.
Here goes….Class 159 159103 leading and 159020 on the rear 6 coaches heavily loaded.
Salisbury depart 12.48
Junction for Westbury 12.51 (Wilton Junction)
Warminster Arr 13.11, dep. 13.13
Dilton Marsh 13.16
Westbury arr 13.19
Westbury reversal dep. 13.22
Frome avoiding junc 1 13.29 (Clink Road Junction)
Frome avoiding junc 2 13.30 (Blatchbridge Junction)
East Somerset junction 13.34
Castle Cary 13.40
Yeovil Pen Mill 13.52
Yeovil Junction arr 13.56 dep 14.00
Crewkerne arr 14.08. dep 14.10
Axminster arr 14.23. dep 14.26
Seaton Junc 14.31
Honiton arr 14.38
So there we are, 2 hours exactly from Salisbury using the deviation against a booked timing of 1 hour 28 mins direct, all in the comfort of first class, a very interesting journey indeed!
Very best wishes Andrew and Diane
Observes & reports
Regarding the two marked ‘possibly Teignmouth’, at first glance it does look like the curve between Teignmouth station and the seawall section but although the road overbridge is a similar style the detail is different. Also there should be part of the disused end of the down platform visible through it, no signal and no crossover. I’ve had a look at Google Earth but too much time has passed to be certain of anything now – just that it’s not that location. The elevated viewpoint means that there must be (or have been) two bridges in close proximity but nothing immediately west of Teignmouth station seems to fit the bill. I’m wondering if these two photos were taken somewhere along the Aller Junction to Paignton line…….?
I was out watching 6233 ‘Duchess of Sutherland’ on Friday/Saturday but discovered that my phone’s camera is slightly too slow-witted to capture moving subjects! Never mind, I think you have that tour well-covered…..! Oooh, that reminds me, I was going to look up the support diesel 47802’s original identity, hang on, it’s here somewhere………….….yep, D1950. Ah yes, I have a photo of that, at Swindon on 27 April 1974……...not very good, I don’t appear to have processed it in Photoshop at work when I had the chance! Interesting view in that it shows when the car parks and road access were installed…..info only, not publishable quality!!