now known as
The Bodmin Railway
"A photograph exists on the web somewhere showing the former L&SWR lever-frame inside Launceston signal-box. But does anyone know of an equivalent photo of the GWR frame please?"
West Country Railway Archives
From internet postings this week the fate of three of the recently withdrawn 'Castle class' HST power cars can be given:
43005 was stopped due to fire damage and was shortly due for a major 'F' exam.
43041 was stopped as it had run out of hours and was due an 'F' exam and engine change.
43171 was stopped needing a C5 exam and replacement power unit.
43005 was removed by road from Laira on either 3rd or 4th July and taken to Sims, Newport for disposal.
43041 left Laira on 5th by low loader bound for Sims Metals Newport where it arrived on the morning of Thursday 6th.
43171 likewise was collected from Laira by road transport and delivered to Sims on Friday morning, July 7th.
All three power cars had been heavily stripped before dispatch including removal of the Castle nameplates. So, goodbye to St Michaels Mount, St Catherine's Castle and Raglan Castle.
This leaves the following HST power cars in store at Laira depot. I've split them into two groups, GW Indigo blue livery (all faded now) and GW Green.
Blue: 43063 43091 43161 Green: 43022 43088 43158 43160
The status of Old Oak Common Legends liveried 43093 Berkley Castle remains uncertain as it has been stopped for some time now.
Finally, mention of 43091 prompted me to copy this recently acquired BR publication from 1981. It shows the PC at Kings Cross in the original 'classic' (and to my mind, the best by far) livery carried by these fine workhorses.