A visit to Lelant Saltings Station this afternoon, was a non event as a large compound has been erected around most of the site guarded by Police Officers. They were aware that trains stopped there at 07.52 to St Ives and 09.21 to St Erth, no doubt special arrangements were in place for any passengers joining or alighting from trains
Michael L. Roach
The summer of 1961 was a good one for Plymouth Railway Circle railtours; the Circle ran three that year and all were short and conducted at low speed but very interesting. The second one was on Saturday 3 June 1961 from one side of Plymouth to the other and back. The train was scheduled to start at the closed Friary Station at 2.30pm and return there at 4.45pm, but the scheduled times soon went out the window. The special train consisted of 6 brake vans hauled by saddle tank 1363 a long-term resident of Plymouth engine sheds (Laira and Millbay). The loco was one of a small class built in 1910 to an updated version of a design which dated back to 1874 for dock work with tight curves. The route was Friary – Mount Gould Junction – Sutton Harbour – Mount Gould Junction – Cattewater Junction – Lipson Junction – Plymouth Station – Millbay Docks – Plymouth Station – Lipson Junction – Friary a total route mileage of approximately 11 miles. There were frequent stops at signals which made progress extremely slow but at most the participants were not allowed to leave the train. A typical leg was starting from a signal stop at Cornwall Junction to passing Millbay Level Crossing; a distance of half a mile which took 6 minutes to accomplish for an average speed of just 5mph. In defence of the locomotive the 1361-class did have small wheels and a short wheelbase and were never expected to go very fast. At Millbay Docks the railtour went to both sides of the Outer and Inner Basin and the train was assisted by 204 horse power diesel shunter D2128 to return from West Wharf to East Quay. The railtour had departed Friary at 2.31½ (1½ minutes late) and got back at 5.30pm some 45 minutes late having taken 3 hours to cover just 11 miles. An afternoon to remember and savour.
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4872 Saddle tank 1363 stands at the head of the railtour at Plymouth Friary Station on Saturday 3 June 1961
4873 The guard logs the details of the 6 brake vans
4874 The train has arrived at Sutton Harbour goods yard after reversing at Mount Gould Junction
4875 1363 stands on the weighbridge at Sutton Harbour goods yard
4876 1363 stands at the head of the train ready to leave Sutton Harbour; the line going off to the right was the North Quay Branch
4877 The railtour has arrived at the East Wharf of Millbay Docks; has run around its train which it is now hauling in a giant horseshoe curve past the graving dock of Willoughby's ship repair yard. The business closed down in 1969 and the dock was in-filled in 1970
4878 The train has arrived at West Wharf and 1363 is being uncoupled from its train in error. In fact the loco stayed at this end of the train for the remainder of the railtour
4879 View looking east across the Outer Basin of Millbay Docks; the building under construction is the new Civic Centre for Plymouth City Council. The photographer's work meant that he moved into the building when it was completed a few months later
4880 1363 stands at the rear of the train on West Wharf
4881 1363 stands on the rear of the train on West Wharf. The presence of a Fruit D would suggest that fresh fruit was being imported
4882 Diesel shunter D2128 has been attached to haul the train around the inner basin back to East Wharf from where 1363 hauled the train back to Plymouth Friary Station; the train passed Millbay Level Crossing at 4.59 and arrived Friary at 5.30pm
4884 This derelict pontoon rested on the mud beside East Wharf in 1961. It had reputedly been used in the construction of the Royal Albert Bridge more than 100 years earlier.
4885 1363 stands at Friary Station on completion of the railtour.
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Firstly, what a super crop Blue Pullman photos.
As you have probably gathered by now, I'm from a mechanical engineering background.
I served my apprenticeship at the Exeter firm of Marcus H Hodges and Sons, near the City Basin, starting late 1962. One of my earliest trips away from the workshop was assisting our blacksmith across the road at Exeter Gasworks to effect a repair to their Pecket shunting loco.
For some reason, I managed to hang on to the job card detailing the work required, as you can see from the enclosed photo. Towards the end of my apprenticeship, I moved up in to the drawing office
which had a grandstand view of Water Lane level crossing, which at the time saw a bit of traffic onto the gasworks and the Texaco terminal. Shame I didn't have a camera !
Hope this is of interest, Best wishes, Bill