Leslie Curnow Roger Winnen
The Dean Forest Railway
Hi Roger and Keith,
I saw Simon Howard’s comment and photo of my 18-year-old self sitting in D6328 on Laira’s scrapline with that mop on my head – alas left to its own devices my hair was the kind which went sideways rather than down! The date was 11th September 1971, so 50 years ago next month, and D6328 was my 41st and final Class 22 ‘cop’ – it had arrived at Laira that spring as part of the final-year migration of the surviving members of the type to the far South West and managed to visit most, if not all, Cornish branch lines on a weed-killing train before withdrawal on 17th July. The very clean example in the left background will have been the unfortunate 6319, outshopped by Swindon just 3 months earlier and officially withdrawn that very day.
As for my hair, well I haven’t sat in a barber’s chair since 1978! No, it doesn’t reach my knees, I married a hairdresser!! Whose maiden name happened to be Phillips – pure coincidence, I was born in Redruth and she in Belfast. And we met on her 20th birthday – ‘tis a strange ol’ world!
Andrew and Diane Jones
It appears from my research that it formed part of the driveway to the long gone Trebartha Hall which caught fire just after the second world war.
Given the nature of the bridge, its construction and its proximity to a number of mines it would appear possible that this bridge may have had a railway connection. Mining in the area ceased around 1840.
Does anyone in the society know of its origin or history?
Best wishes Andrew and Diane.
Very many thanks to a kind person who quickly wrote in concerning the query regarding the bridge pictured above.
Please inform them that it has no railway connection and there were no railways nearby. It was simply a bridge carrying the carriage drive from a lodge on Trebartha estate to Trebartha Hall and spanning Mill lane.
This reply came very quickly from a Local Person who wishes to remain anonymous many thanks to our source.