My coverage of recent jobs outshopped at Christow may be of interest to some of your readers. Collico cases are largely forgotten but they were a product of the innovative thinking of B.R. at the time, which should be recognized.
The little narrow gauge carriage emerged from the workshop in May, having been generally repaired after 26 years flying around the riverside tramway.
Well worth looking at.
2 shots of today's 4 weekly 1Q18 06.11 Reading Triangle Sidings-Paignton with 43251 and 43290 on duty
All the Best
A spell in the heart of clay country lately, including 66172 working the clay from Goonbarrow to Carne Point. The contractors have been clearing the Newquay branch, and the signals at St Blazey now visible for an up working looking back to Middleway crossing. 66104 is seen by the tuntable with the afternoon JIAs.
The NMT worked in bright sunshine (a rarity in recent months) and just avoided a bank of cloud edging in from the North coast. My intended trip to Coombe curtailed to Burngullow to see 43251/290 in fine light passing the junction.
Also included some recent pictures of Lostwithiel including a lucky grab of two trains side by side and 57306 on the late running down Midnight.
Making the most of the traditional signalling and infrastructure before the inevitable MAS scheme gets under way in earnest in 2023.
Best wishes. Craig
An interlude by
Colin Pidgeon & Ken Mumford
The attached photos are some of mine and some of Colin's - I have found it an interesting exercise and I'm happy [I haven't asked Colin - yet!!] to repeat it - he helps me and I help him though it's usually he helping me more than I help him!
Copyright either to Ken Mumford or Colin Pidgeon as listed.
 - Taken by Colin - Units 231006 and 231001 [3Q53] have just arrived on platform 1 from Cardiff on a mileage accumulation run via the Severn Tunnel and Badminton. Normally would have come from Cardiff to Gloucester via Lydney [terminating at Gloucester] but travelled from Cardiff to Severn Tunnel Junction then to Swindon via the Severn Tunnel and Badminton because of engineering works between Severn Tunnel Junction and Gloucester. Its driver told Colin that these units had to do 5000 miles trouble-free running before they could enter service.
 Taken by Colin - 66793 with the 4B77 Colnbrook to Avonmouth
 Taken by Ken - 59202 7B12 Merehead to [Royal] Wootton Bassett going up the centre road and on to the Transfer Yard for the loco to run around this train. We have a photo of it returning through platform 4 for its final few miles. - photo not attached.
 Taken by Ken - 66125 6C03 Northolt to Severnside approaching plaform 4. I tried to 'catch' the train between that awkward red siding buffer stop and one of the elecrification masks as an experiment - this is the result!!
 Taken by Colin - 66734 [5Q55 Stewarts Lane to Newport Docks] speeds through platform 4 with untis 455833 and 455834.
 +  Taken by Ken - Engineering unit travelling on the centre road eastwards through Swindon
 Taken by Ken - Another engineering unit passing through Swindon eastwards on the centre road.