Driver Alan Peters
Driver Alan Peters
A car trip in generally good photographic conditions to mid Cornwall today, in order to mainly catch the Goonbarrow Junction-Fowey Clay CDAs...which didn't run and was cancelled, but still came away with some decent shots of the day, especially later on at Hallenbeagle, where I met CRS contributor Keith Barrow for the first time, we had a decent chat while awaiting the train movements there
All the Best
1. Early doors at a cold Respryn 800320 working 1A80 08.15 Penzance-London Paddington 6.2.2023
2. 150219 working 2N05 11.09 Newquay-Par, viewed from Treffry Viaduct/Aqueduct 6.2.2023
3. Classic Traction at the Iconic Cornish location 43154 with 43016 working 2C26 13.43 Plymouth-Penzance passing Hallenbeagle 6.2.2023
4. Going away shot of 158956 working 2P19 14.50 Penzance-Plymouth, nearing Apex road overbridge 6.2.2023
5. From a wider and slightly raised angle, 43188 leading 2C27 1418 Plymouth-Penzance (with 43029) passing Hallenbeagle 6.2.2023
Michael L. Roach.
On 17 February 1962 I spent some time on the bridge over the railway just to the west of Tavistock Junction, Plymouth. The bridge carried the carriage drive to Saltram House over the railway and was probably built at the time that the railway was built circa 1847 since the carriage drive was already in existence long before the railway. It was a very ornate bridge of cast iron beams and cast iron balustrades no doubt to suit his lordship i.e Lord Morley. The bridge came to be known as “Lord Morley's Bridge” but I did not know that until sixty years later. The bridge gave a good view of the railway in both directions. A very short distance to the south west the main line was carried over the River Plym on a four span bridge only just above high water level which was partly reconstructed by the GWR in 1927. At the same time Lord Morley's Bridge was raised although this is not obvious in photographs. Unfortunately Lord Morley's Bridge was demolished circa 1970 in connection with the construction of the A38 Plympton Bypass.
Two hundred and fifty metres north of the River Plym Bridge the river passed under the then A38, now the B3416 at Long Bridge. Alongside was the lodge of the carriage drive which passed over a minor stream called the Tory Brook. This often ran white, contaminated with china clay waste, and the results can be seen in the photos of the River Plym Bridge where the bridge piers and the river banks are covered in white slime. The pollution was stopped eventually and the river bank returned to more natural colours. One hundred metres further north was another very old cast iron bridge carrying the Lee Moor Tramway over the River Plym. This was built for the Plymouth and Dartmoor Railway in 1823. Photos of this bridge will appear in a later part.
I spent some 70 minutes at Lord Morley's Bridge that day and saw just one mainline express in each direction. The down train was the Cornish Riviera Express and was hauled by an unrecorded diesel loco. The up train was The Royal Duchy which departed Plymouth at 2.30pm hauled by a Western and a Warship diesel. The Western was D1000 which was then just two months old being outshopped from Swindon on 20 December 1961. The next Western D1001 was outshopped on 12 February 1962 and the following ones at the rate of one per calendar month. I saw seven steam locomotives in the time I was there: one pannier, two Halls and four 4575-class prairies
APOLOGY: In Part 1 of this series I should have recorded my sincere thanks to John Hodge who provided the details of pannier tank's 6400 workings while based at Pontypool Road Shed from 1935 to 1959. John is an expert on the railways of Wales and has written many books on the subject which are highly recommended.
MLR / 31 January 2023