Andrew and Diane Jones
As I approach my 70’s, memories start to blur and scenes I once took for granted appear slightly muddled.
The attached ‘then and now’ photographs illustrate the dilemma of ‘did I actually imagine this!’
Polbrock Bridge on the Wadebridge railway owes its existence solely to allow access to Pencarrow Estate land on the southern bank of the river Camel. Originally an unmade road, the lane crosses the railway and the river and was only tarmacked after the second world war.
Anyone returning after 40 years would have difficulty recognising the view from the road bridge. Vegetation has taken over, with many small fields in the valley returning to nature.
When visiting old railway locations this is often the case and can be disappointing even though in this case the Camel Trail now provides a direct route for many thousands of walkers and cyclists.
The second photograph captures the sad demise of the railway, but in the ‘then and now’ illustration it is still possible to recognise the original route.
Time travellers beware!
Very best wishes Andrew and Diane
At that time, some Taunton – Cardiff stoppers were worked by top/tail Virgin class 57/3 thunderbird locos, but one had clearly failed and 66402 drafted in at short notice .
It originally worked for DRS, but had then transfered to Freightliner, still blue but debranded.
All the best, Bill Elston.
Researching the history of this loco has not been easy but I believe I am correct in saying it was built in 2001 and used abroad carrying the number PB04 & DE63 ( works number 20008254-6). Owned by Porterbrook Leasing of Derby a variety of liveries has been carried, most recently green. The loco arrived at Immingham Docks from Cuxhaven (Germany) on 10th December 2021 and was modified for UK use at Doncaster Roberts Road depot before moving south to Eastleigh for the 'Jubilee' paint job. It would be interesting to see this loco close by Freightliner's 66587 which is also finished in a pink / mauve livery (photo attached taken in 2019). This latter loco has recently been working off Taunton Fairwater with the 'HOBC' as noted this week by fellow contributor Bill Elston.
Regards, Guy Vincent.