at Bristol & Southampton
Michael Forward & Michael Adams
Finally, from today's postings and Michael Adams' photo of 33008 arriving at Southampton Central station on 9th December 1986. The actual working, fortunately recorded in one of my notebooks at the time, was the 1O39 1007 Cardiff Central-Portsmouth Harbour, due Southampton around 1300hrs.
Many Thanks to Guy Vincent
Please find attached a photograph taken in 2005, whilst I was working at Fowey.
The CDA’s still have 18 years of service in them on this warm summers day. Carne Point is a lovely location unfortunately out of bounds to the public.
There have been many rumours about reintroducing a passenger service to Fowey, but the docks do pose a problem due to limited access, hopefully this could be resolved, sharing the cost with freight would help the case and was part of the Okehampton reinstatement, strangely little has been said about Meldon Quarry and possible ballast export to HS2.
I can remember when the CDA’s were introduced that a problem occurred with a rubberised lining which was removed by contractors in a siding at St Dennis junction. I wonder if anyone has any photographs or memories of this operation, I guess the lining was contaminating the clay.
Very best wishes Andrew and Diane
A grab shot through the window of a passing train running into Bristol from the Bath direction. Barton Hill depot's resident shunter 08516 is attached to Mk 4 coaches now owned by Transport for Wales, set number HD08, consisting of vehicles 12526 11316 10305 and 12308. These recently arrived by road from Landore presumably to undergo recommissioning and refurbishment and were seen being propelled into the grey maintenance shed on the morning of 31st. The formation is here stabled on a siding that is the remaining stub of the old main line from Temple Meads to Gloucester via Mangotsfield which closed in 1970. Barton Hill depot, now owned and operated by Arriva Train Care, a DB company, is now used for daily servicing of Cross Country class 170 DMUs and Voyager sets and for refurbishment of a variety of stock for several operators including Chiltern Railways, Northern, TfW and East Midlands Railway. Some time ago GWR's class 158s were refreshed here.
Regards, Guy Vincent.
Regards, Guy Vincent.
BR Class 10 D3489 is nearing Helston from the Spa Valley Railway but due to the recent storm, the road to the railway is currently inaccessible to heavy/tall vehicles due a lot of low hanging trees and reports of several phone lines down/obstructing the road. The decision was made to keep it in short term storage at the Bodmin & Wenford Railway and the hope is to negotiate with a local haulier to bring it to Helston either by Christmas or early next year.
Many Thanks to SW Rail Gen for this news.
Hi Keith. A beautiful film of the scenic Maiden Newton to Bridport line which closed in May 1975. I travelled on the line during the last week of service and passenger numbers were good with closure imminent. A real joy to watch which CRS members may enjoy. Regards James Bown