Last Evening travelling from Plymouth on an HST at the same path as the 17:26 14:03 from Paddington was the 13:03 ex Paddington which started at Reading at 14:08 STP covering the 13:03 from Paddington to Penzance reported as cancelled from Paddington due to brake problems.
The Train Manager announced that the train would take longer to get to Penzance as it was only running on one engine. All went reasonably well until an attempt to leave Truro stalling on the entrance to the tunnel where it stayed for a considerable time awaiting rail staff to resolve the issue.
The 14:03 from Paddington was close behind and already on the Truro viaduct awaiting its path and stayed for around 45 minutes . A further announcement was made stating that the train would roll back beyond the station for another run at the incline. With the 14:03 on the viaduct this was impossible so the train rolled back into the station with all passengers asked to get off and await the 14:03 to lighten the load to get up the incline.
Eventually the under powered HST left Truro station very slowly and ran ECS to Penzance with 43171 on the rear with engine ticking over but no power.
A passenger who travelled from Paddington told me that all passengers for the 13:03 were asked to travel on a Paddington to Swansea train and change at Reading.
After a wait the 14:03 came in and all passengers transferred.
The 14:03 finally arrived at Penzance at 20:28 some 67 minitues late.
Its sad to see this sort of happening especially at the finally of HST services to and from Paddington.
Regards, Clive Smith. Many thanks Clive
This is part one, four out of eight of a range of pictures taken over the last week or so. Widespread showers have dominated the weather, along with a few bright spells which have illuminated the lovely blossom in the hedgerows.
That's it for a while. I tread the boards next week with St Austell AOS in the Addams Family. But I hope to see a few Long Rock bound workings during the days off! Craig
Many thanks Craig, the best of luck with your theatrical performance next week. More of Craig's pictures tomorrow.
I have been studying the Trevingey pictures. Yes, there was mail apparatus for both up and down. I think it ceased operation just before ww2. The shot of the 'Star' class engine is interesting: in about 1918 Penzance shed got its first ever 4-6-0 locomotive -a 'Star' to work the up mail. This was the only 4-6-0 shedded in Cornwall until the first 'Halls' arrived in 1928. 4061 Glastonbury Abbey (not the one in the picture) indeed came brand new to PZ in 1922.
I think the mail apparatus was only used for the late collection of mail (mail was collected up to six times a day as recently as the 1930s). I remember when I worked at Redruth post office as a student, during the Christmas rush - sometimes there would be as many as 20+ bags of mail to go across for the up postal - you couldn't use mail apparatus for that.
The hut at Trevingey was to shelter the postman who had to wait there, guarding His Majesty's mail!
All the best, Roy (Burma) Many thanks for your further information.