This appears to be a contractor's locomotive, presumably somewhere on the Perranporth branch. It looks similar, but not identical, to the contractor engine shown at St Agnes elsewhere on the website (taller chimney). The two guys in the cab (waistcoat and homburg) seem to be in charge. To the left, a man holds a mason's hammer and chisel; on his left the man is holding a monkey-wrench. Maybe Carkeek (the contractor) had more than one locomotive at work on the line.
The section from Perranporth to Tolcarn (which involved upgrading the old CMR mineral line from Tolcarn to Shepherds) was a difficult job and got behind schedule because of unexpected geology and also, I believe, mining subsidence.
Roy Hart. Many thanks Roy.
Kingswear to Churston Token
Six of the Best
The recently harvested fields in clay country have been a magnet for me, the straw bales awaiting collecting around Trenowth are always a favourite.
A pleasant shift at Liskeard on 23rd saw some welcome sunshine as a blue 2 x 4 HST ran in under clear signals. The Signalbox here undergoing some cosmetic improvement too. The back the first to see new cladding and weather proofing. The front obviously more of a challenge!
Then on Sunday 25th a couple from Trenowth near Grampound as a 2 x 4 mix-match HST heads West with power cars 43160/161 in charge. The fields, greenery and clay hills in the background provided a busy image!
Then a two car green (*of course) class 150/2 heads for Plymouth passing the straw bales in fine weather.
on 27th 66025 is seen Carne Point bound along the river passing St Winnow Church.
A nice surprise was one of the five Maritime liveried DBCargo class 66s working the sand.
66162 is pictured at Burngullow & Largin on 29th Aug. It is hoped the loco may stay on the circuit for a while. My attempts to get it on the clay run may fall on deaf ears!!
Cheers, Craig . Many thanks to you Craig