Edward Hooper, Mike Roach & Trevor Tremethick
Above is one of his photos of Longdown on the Teign valley Line. I would be grateful if you could share it on 9th November.
Charles would have been the first to admit that it wouldn't win any prizes, but his memories of the line make for interesting reading:
"A lovely line, and easy on our pockets, because you could get a day return Ply to Exeter, and they'd let you come back via the Teign Valley. I went on the last train, which was a very sad occasion......the 55XX labouring away up to Longdown with 5 or 6 coaches. On our first trip, it was a 14XX plus 2 car auto, with the loco in the rear, and the driver in the front vestibule left his door open so that we could see the line ahead. Longdown a very spooky place between the tunnels, and crowded in by the woods.....never any passengers, but staffed by a porter signalman. When I worked on the Relief at Newton Abbot, a colleague was Dave Bright, who had worked at Longdown occasionally. He used to travel on his motor-bike from Paignton, and often did a late followed by an early, and slept in the booking office. One night he was phoned by the Exeter supervisor who told him that an escapee was believed to be in the area, and could be walking the line. Dave said that was the end of his doss....he got on his motor bike and legged it off home."
With best regards, Ed Hooper Nephew of CBF
Thank you Edward for sharing these memories of Charles with us and also including his irreplaceable photographs.
A Postscript received from Trevor Tremethick half an hour ago is well worth a mention.
Many thanks Trevor.
Good morning gentlemen
I have just read the piece on Charles Fennamore and thought I would send my own few words.
Charles visited me a couple of times for a get-together with one of my neighbours who had been a Princetown girl and knew the old line from Yelverton well. I had been in touch with a gentleman who had been a fireman on that branch and so we had plenty to talk about.
Charles' knowledge was immense and, to top it all, he would bring a delicious cake that he had baked himself. So, his talents were not just confined to railway matters!
Best wishes to all