Paignton & Kingswear
A report by Tony Wight
Just a quick update on the excursion to the Paignton and Dartmouth Railway on Saturday 4th September '21.
Roger W had already done the spade work and collected names and deposits where applicable of those who said they were attending and I had banked the money passed over by Roger, We had a couple of members drop out the preceding week and one more drop out on the day due to illness. With Roger still incapacitated due to his recent operation it fell to John Ball and myself on the day to actually run the day in Roger's enforced absence. Knowing this was going to be the case, I had prepared a schedule of attendees and their choices for the day be that train only or train plus harbour cruise at Dartmouth and costed the total outlay for the Society against those choices. I mailed a copy of the list to John Ball who joined the morning GW train nominated by Roger to get to Newton Abbot at Redruth and started checking off those present against the list. At the change of train at Newton Abbot we had between us accounted for all but 5 of those due to attend. Later, at Paignton, we located 4 of the 5 leaving just the Chairman to find. Assuming his attendance I purchased the combination of the tickets required and in good time prior to the P&DR train departure had handed out individual tickets to everyone except the chairman leaving instructions with the extremely helpful P&DR staff to point him to Coach G on the train should he arrive prior to departure. Unfortunately he didn't make it.
At Kingswear, being in the front coach of the train, we were first to the River Ferry and were soon in Dartmouth where we spent the best part of an hour before the River Cruise departed at 13.30. It was with much disappointment that we learned that the paddle steamer we were all looking forward to travelling on had developed a problem, meaning that we had to ride on a conventional motor boat instead. Having travelled on the paddle steamer twice previously, the experience we'd had riding on the conventional motor launch was much diminished from that of riding on the paddle steamer. Not only that but the trip was shorter too as the launch could turn in the river where the paddle steamer couldn't due to its much larger turning circle. As a result we didn't go far enough out to sea to see Dartmouth Castle nor did we go upriver as far as Dittisham as we did in the past on the paddle steamer. But that aside, the time in Dartmouth was good. The weather was dry and warm and occasionally sunny. I think everyone made it back to Kingswear to catch the 16.00 train back to Paignton but, of course, everyone was a free agent to travel when they chose, having individual tickets.
At Paignton, some went to get food but not needing to do so, 4 of us caught the 16.40 train back to Newton Abbot where, as luck would have it, were able to catch the delayed 16.53 home at 17.18. But the cause of its delay had affected a number of trains including the 16.18 from Paignton (as per Roger's schedule) which was cancelled. Not being there, I'm not knowing what folk did but the next train at 17.50 would normally miss the ongoing connection at Newton Abbot but because of the delays, it is possible that they could have made a cross platform change to a Penzance bound train with minutes to spare. Failing that, a long wait at Newton Abbot and a late arrival home would have resulted. No doubt we will hear on Saturday what happened!.
That apart, it was a very successful day. The actual cost to the Society after receipts for the harbour cruise are deducted is provisionally in the region of £300. I say provisionally as reimbursements to those unable to attend are not included yet.. Brian Hawke, a non-member, gave good notice of his inability to attend as did members Peter Bragg and Ella Harding. It is possible too we might get a reimbursement of the unused ticket purchased for the chairman but I'm awaiting an answer on that. But all in all, the excursion didn't deplete our reserves as much as anticipated initially.
We hope to see as many as possible at Saturday's Indoor Meeting. Sue and Rosemary have sorted out the purchase of new refreshments after all the old went out of date and John has purchased cardboard disposable cups for the teas. We might return to the use of the Society's own mugs that we used prior to our move to the Methodist Church if use of the kitchen and it's facilities is denied us on a longer term basis.
N.B. We have room for a limited number of pictures of your day out - so if you would be so kind, thank you.
Graham has gone to great lengths to record his childhood at Port Isaac Road plus a bit on the business that was carried on there by his father.
This makes a very interesting read but the article was too long for the News Section but can be found in our North Cornwall Line (Incl Bude) section where it is the last entry please click here and scroll down to Camelford station.
Colas Rail Freight class 66/8 No.66847 'Terry Baker'
working the 6C23 12:55 Burngullow Junc. to Westbury Down TC,
with a load of spent ballast.
GWR Castle class HST set with power car No.43155 leading with No.43088
on the rear, working the 2C77 13:00 Cardiff Central to Penzance service.
Regards Keith Turley.
I found a new venue to take train photos although the footbridge is quite a way from the village of Uffington unless you are prepared to cross some fields [one field had a herd of young bulls but I wasn't wearing red] and wrestle with lots of stinging nettles to start the climb up to the top of this footbridge!
Kind regards and keep safe, Ken.
I took several shots of basically the same - I decided that those of you who pass on my photos and publish them can choose which ones are best.
 talking to the crew. Train had come from Salisbury via Westbury
 steam drifting over 46100's cab
 Nameplate which 46100 carried [on its American visit] before it was rebuilt.
 Safety valves blow off.
 Ancient & Modern IET in platform 3 with 46100 in platform 1
 Ancient & Modern - Close Encounters