This week more of the Cornish Main Line is closed, buses replacing trains to Liskeard and Plymouth
Egloskerry was one of those places rather like (say) Edington Junction, and to a lesser extent Eggesford or Halwill, where the signal-box was at the other end of the station from the level-crossing, yet bolted the gates directly rather than by a local ground-frame at the gates. Contrary to the usual practice, it is clear from the locking table that the Gate Bolt had to be pulled to lock the gates across the road, rather than locking them when it was normal.
The signal diagram shows that the wicket gates at the level-crossing were worked by a separate lever located at the back of the platform somewhere between the station building and the crossing. I wonder if any photographs of that lever exist?
Alan Jones mentioned about the exchange of 'tokens', but if he was there in the 1950s then block-working was still Tyer's No 3 tablet instruments in both directions. The sections to Launceston and Tresmeer both changed to No 6 instruments in 1960 and Key Token working only arrived in 1965 when Tresmeer closed and the section extended to Camelford.
As requested, please find attached some aerial photos of the CDA’s at St. Blazey. The deposits of clay on the rails are like a ghostly shadow of where the wagons once stood!
Also some general pics of the yard with the distant sea views, as well as the Newquay unit (150248) coming and going.
Hope they’re of interest!
All the best, Jon