All the Best Andrew Triggs
1 & 2 70817 working 0c99 07.12 Par Liner siding-Penzance arriving and then departing from Platform 1 at Penzance, arrival was 1 early at 08.23
3 & 4 Having been delayed by points failure on Slopers, 6C99 10.00 Penzance-Westbury eventually departed 92 late at 11.32, seen passing Marazion and then heading up Marazion marshes a few minutes later at 11.36
Roger Winnen Roger Salter
This started as Westbury –Penzance but was altered en route
70817 is to collect the rail wagons at Slopers Siding Penzance now on Wednesday morning
Hymek in Cornwall
On 19th April this year I submitted an article marking the 50th anniversary of the last visit of a Hymek diesel-hydraulic to Penzance. Unfortunately I omitted six crucial words – “to the best of my knowledge”.
A few days after the article appeared Roger Geach contacted me to point out that, 5 months and 3 days after D7032’s visit, D7044 was photographed entering Plymouth station from the west, at the head of 1A09, Fridays Only 10.05 Penzance to Paddington – that was 50 years ago today, 22nd September 1972. During that intervening period the number of Hymeks in traffic had inevitably fallen further, from 51 to just 38, making the sight of a Hymek in Cornwall – unusual to rare even when all 101 were in service - even less likely, but there it is, it happened anyway. D7044, which came off at Plymouth, was incorrectly displaying a freight headcode (8E48) and its down working is unknown – for a FO up duty possibly empty coaching stock (ECS).
My thanks go to Roger Geach for providing this information. In my defence I was living in Wiltshire at the time! D7044, the only Hymek to give me a memorable ride along the Dawlish sea wall on the third day of 1969, was withdrawn on 6th May 1973 – I recall finding it laid up at Old Oak Common depot at year’s end with two others – D7000 and D7100........yes seriously, first and last Hymeks buffer-to-buffer! Coincidentally its Cornish adventure occurred one year to the day before the 18-months premature BR(WR) ‘Hymek Swansong’ tour featuring D7001/28, which I was on.
I feel it necessary to apologise for April’s unintentionally misleading article, and obliged to amend my claim to ‘Last Hymek photographed at Penzance’ – to the best of my knowledge!