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Visit to the Seaton Tramway Saturday 13th July 2019
Penzance 07.53 St Erth 08.03 Camborne 08.18 Redruth 08.24 Truro 08.37 St Austell 08.56 Par 09.03 Bodmin Parkway 09.15 Exeter St David's 11.03. Change for South Western Railway, Trains dep 11.25 Axminster arr 12.05 Axe Valley Bus service 885 departs outside of the station at 12.15 to Seaton arrive at 12.44 for the tramway. The trams depart at 00 20 40 minutes past the hour. An explorer ticket cost £10 giving unlimited travel.
Return of the 885 service from Sea Front Gardens at Seaton at 16.20 arriving at Axminster Station 16.45 hrs Train departs for Exeter 17.03 Exeter St David's 17.42/17.50 Bodmin Parkway 19.50 Par 20.03 St Austell 20.10 Truro 20.27 Redruth 20.41 Camborne 20.47 St Erth 20.57 Penzance 21.10
IT IS ADVISABLE TO BRING FOOD AND DRINK WITH YOU!
These new Great Western Trains buffet service is non existant at times.
An alternative, you may return from Seaton Tramway Station on Stagecoach 9a Bus Service outside of the Tramway Station at 15.03 or 16.03 which travels via Sidmouth arriving into Exeter Bus Station at 16.29 or 17.29 A number of buses including Service H from stop 4 in the High Street of Exeter City Centre run at 15 min intervals up to 18.00 to St David's Station. Further trains depart Exeter St David's to Penzance at 18.17 or 18.46
The puzzle is :-
1) Where is it?
2) When was it taken?
3) Who is the onlooker?
4) What other event of railway significance took place the same weekend?
The answers and more pictures on Friday. Sorry no prizes just the pleasure of providing the answers, and maybe more pictures!
First of all a question for those in the know - is 43004 the oldest HST locomotive in operational service? It's certainly the lowest numbered that I have seen for a while but is the current Class 43 numbering in production (i.e. age) order? Is 43003 still operational? Wikipedia tells us that the Cross Country locomotives had 200 added to their numbers so is there a 43203 around? Here it is trailing the 08:24 to Cardiff this morning in Platform 3.
Incidentally, Wikipedia also records that 43003 was one of the first two locomotives (with 43009) to be fitted with the new MTU V16 4000 engines in 2005.
Also a shot are of my current favourite class 43 - Harry Patch - at Temple Meads Platform 13 (the dead end platform) this evening on training duties.
Best regards, Paul Negus. Thanks Paul - answers please
July has got off to a cracking start with lovely warm sunshine. I was dreading a 2008/09 Summer repeat when the Jet stream hung across the South West all season.
3rd I was at Roskear to witness some Up departures in fine light. The four coach Castle set almost looks to be black in livery against the early morning sun. 43122 was the leading power car.
4th - In the boxes a lot recently, this Hayle viaduct shot was grabbed on the way home. The high tide and blue livery on the set stands out nicely.
5th July brought the four weekly visit of the NR NMT train. Due to lack of power cars, Colas class 67s 67023 / 027 were provided. The train was captured on the down near Probus and on the return at Hembal Lane, Trewoon (St Austell). The loaded second portion of sand wagons can be seen in Methrose siding.
All the best, Craig. As usual Many Thanks Craig for this and you much appreciated regular contributions.