Clinnick Viaduct Part One
Here are pictures of the engineering 24th / 25th November at Clinnick Viaduct, between Largin and Bodmin Parkway
In the 1950s and on into the very early ‘sixties, there ran this improbable service on summer Saturdays. Why? The only reason that I can unearth is that there was a gap in the Plymouth to Cornwall services at around the time that a Launceston train arrived at North Road. The train which arrived at North Road from Launceston consisted of a standard ‘B’ set, hauled by a 45XX. The 45XX came off and a 4-6-0 (Hall or Grange) came on, adding a further 3 coaches (corridors) –perversely, these had come in on an overnight train from Glasgow St Enoch!
In 1950s summers, the timetable would get very tied up sometimes, especially as long-distance trains all had to traverse the congested section from Taunton to Newton Abbot and this cinderella operation was not scheduled to be a connection for any particular train from London or the North –just for any one of them which happened to arrive.
Leaving North Road at midday, the train called everywhere except Dockyard Halt, arriving at Truro at 2-00pm. Twenty five minutes were spent at Truro, while the 4-6-0 came off and a 45XX came on. Redruth was attained (no doubt to the relief of all concerned, not least the occupants of the non-corridor stock) at 2-45. The prairie took the empty stock on to Carn Brea Yard, where it ran around and hauled what became the 3pm empty stock Carn Brea Yard to Truro. The stock, however, had not reached the end of its day: it then formed the 4-00pm local to Penzance. On summer Saturdays anything could happen: on July 9th 1960, the train was hauled by 5098 Clifford Castle all the way from Plymouth to Carn Brea Yard!
This unlikely service ran for over a decade. I wonder if anyone ever rode from Launceston to Redruth?
Working timetables BR(W) 1955/57/60
The Day of The Holiday Express. Richard Woodley; Ian Allan, Shepperton, 1996
Operation Cornwall. W.S.Becket; Xpress Publishing, Caernarvon, 2001
Sat 1st December 2018 Roger Winnen
A respectful reminder
Heart and Soul Funerals, Riverstone Hall, 18 Dart Mills,, Totnes Road
Buckfastleigh,Devon TQ11 ONF
followed by a wake at:
The Rising Sun Inn, Woodland, Ashburton, TQ13 7JT
There will be a cremation at a later date; this is not part of the ceremony.