Some recent pictures from the Duchy following the sweep of Storm Ciaran. What a day to be duty MOM! Various challenges sought my attention, the main one being a fallen tree at Lanescot East of Par. I rode down on GWR service to assess the UM line which was obviously fouled by the tree. This had been given a glancing blow by an Up class 150 which was at Lostwithiel. Within 60 mins my colleagues armed with chainsaws had dealt with it.
During the weekend I was at St Austell Ground Frame. Poignant as this was likely to be the final time I'd operate it with the mechanical levers. Plans afoot will see clamp locks being fitted for Exeter to assume full control from March 2024. Sharp showers, a legacy from the storm continued to sweep in from the SW.
Also pictured is a Castle set running into St Erth from Hayle. The landscape recently cleared. Par glistens under a fine rainbow too!
The fortnight blockade also sees our Ground Control out busy on the Falmouth line cutting back the vegetation. A rare break from the constant 30 min service has allowed the clearance during daylight using mechanical plant to assist them.