57602 'Restormel Castle' returned light engine this afternoon from Laira, running as 0Z79 16.46 Laira T&RSMD-Longrock TMD, however after capturing it on the single line section at Longrock, it ran straight to Penzance station, where I then caught up with it stabled on Oil 2 siding, where also 802001 was with 5Z54 for Laira TMD. 3 shots for CRS enclosed on a rare dull summer's day
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Andrew Many thanks Andrew.
Question and Answer.
Sincere thanks for any information you can give me.
Best wishes, Simon Talbot Many thanks Simon for the question
This question was then put to Roy Hart, and if anyone knows he will, and from far away Burma comes the answer :-
The GW sheds in Cornwall all closed to steam in 1962: SBZ and TR at Easter. PZ retained a steam allocation for standby duties, covering diesel failures and for working summer extras. In reality most of the engines sat at Long Rock, with about a third steamed each day. The PZ allocation in April - Aug 1962 was County (3) Grange (8) 55xx (4) 94xx (2) 57xx (1). All of these engines were condemned or transferred away in Aug/Sep 1962. Laira still had a good steam allocation after this date (steam there was scheduled to end in 1964). Throughout the spring and summer of 1963, Laira Halls (there were 3) appeared in Cornwall quite often -almost daily, I recall. The last Laira Castle (7022) also made regular appearances. I remember seeing it on the PZ-Kensington milk in August 63. 7022 was transferred away in 11/63.
By the summer of 1963, Laira was down to 8 or 9 steam locomotives, mostly covering failures, so by about October 63, steam had disappeared from Cornwall altogether. There was the odd exception up to about November, when the odd Castle or Hall worked through from Bristol (presumably covering a failure). I recall no steam on the Cornish main line after about Oct 63.
In spring 64, the PRC/RCTS wanted to run a commemorative train to PZ from Exeter (the Cornubian). BR had nothing available west of Bristol to pull it: they suggested a Bullied -of which Exmouth Junction still had several. All the Castles in fair to good condition were required for the Paddington to Worcester service and in that week, four of these were reserved for the famous May 9th commemoration of City of Truro's run. The special ran from Exeter with a 28xx 2-8-0 (from Taunton shed, which was the last shed west of Bristol to have a tender engine available!). At Plymouth the Bullied took over.
I recall hanging around Carn Brea station in the summer holidays of 1963 - steam was a pleasant surprise, not every day, but maybe 6 or 7 times a week. Usually the same engines: 7022, 4978, 6921, 7916. All had gone by the November.
Many thanks indeed Roy for that very comprehensive reply I am sure that Simon, indeed, all of us very much appreciate your knowledge.
Many thanks Martin.
HST's still in the 'old' FGW livery, once a common sight but not for much longer. Respryn is a very attractive location.