Copyright David Tozer
Here are some latest pictures. Thank goodness the lock down is being relaxed a little and folk can happily while away some time near the lineside once again (2m distance of course)!
Enjoy, Regards, Craig Munday
I am one of (probably) many who is using the lockdown time to sort out or interpret my collections. I am a time table nerd, and following a discussion with a Green Badger in Purley (a retired time table compiler at Waterloo), I realised that I had the public time tables for 19th July 1926 which is the date when the ACE started. On Summer Saturdays, there were non-ACE Ilfracombe duplicates in both directions which ran non-stop between Waterloo and Barnstaple Junction. The 1926 Working Time Tables show these with “Calls at Salisbury and Exeter for exchange of engines only”. There was also an unadvertised stop at St. David’s which was presumably imposed by the GWR?
This wasn’t the only instance I have come across, as the 11. 0am from Waterloo to Plymouth was non-stop between Queen Street and Tavistock in 1912, and I’m sure that there were periods when the 1.10am (or thereabouts) was similar. That was non-stop between Salisbury and Exeter in the public time table, but had intermediate calls to offload newspapers. I travelled on it out of curiosity, and have never seen such speed and efficiency unloading into several lorries in a matter of minutes. I recall that there were only about three passenger coaches, which were occupied mainly by servicemen traveling to Devonport.
A cautionary example of never assuming anything, has arisen from the surprising assertion of Keith Vyvyan on the Plym Valley Railway that Millbay should be spelt as two words. I never heard of that before, but looking at old maps proves that he is right! I then noticed that the River Tamar was spelt Tamer, which explains the “Tay-mer” pronunciation. Tamerton Foliot has therefore retained its “e” and yet it is pronounced “Tam-mer-ton”, despite the absence of the necessary extra “m”. Roger has trained me on some Cornwall pronunciations, such as Breage which does not reflect its spelling. The Video 125 DVD on the Cornish Main Line is cringeworthy – The Lin-Here River, Dooble-Boyce, Treff-Ree, and so it goes on.
You are evidently distancing from the virus as best you can. I am concerned that lockdown restrictions are being reduced when there are still multiple fatalities every day. The fear is that anyone could be terminally coughed-at, as happened to the railway lady at Victoria Station. Social Distancing might have a long-term effect on public transport. How do you keep 6 feet 6¾ inches away from others with the almost universal central gangway on a bus or train, without reducing the seating capacity to the extent that operation would be unviable?
Keep safe and don’t take any chances.