Many thanks are due to Tony Hill who has been painstakingly picking his way through the website finding all the errors which have crept in and also adding additional facts and figures.
David Tozer, a new contributor has kindly sent in these two pictures of an event last year - the pw work on the Barnstaple branch. These have also been copied into the pictures of news for October 2013.
Martin Duff kindly forwarded this poster, time to think ahead to the lighter evenings and warmer days. Thanks Martin
Not a new picture because it was taken over 53 years ago, but it is new to the site and to our Helston branch collection. The picture has come from the archives of Mike Roach. What is particularly interesting is that both locomotives are preserved. We can only hope that one or both of these locos will return to work the operational section of the Helston Railway before too long.
Having only recently come across your website I would like to commend you on the excellent resource and wealth of information that it provides. I'm currently working my way through the various archives and discovering lots along the way.
I have noticed that from time to time people have asked for requests for information and pictures. I am involved with Dinmore Manor locomotive Ltd and we are due to re-launch the engine in February/ March of this year. It has been decided within the past week that the engine will be returned to traffic in BR unlined black livery, carrying a large early emblem on the tender. We believe this will be the first time a Manor will have carried this livery since 1959. Having looked into the locomotives allocations we have discovered that the engine carried this livery at some point whilst it was shedded at 83D Laira. It has therefore been decided that the engine will appropriately carry an 83D shedplate. So far we have only found 1 picture of Dinmore carrying this livery and it just happens to be whilst on shed at Laira. I was wondering if it would be possible to put a request out on your website for any pictures your members may have of 7820 Dinmore Manor.
According to the engine history it was at Laira from December 1954 - September 1959. Upon leaving Laira It moved onto Truro September 1959 - June 1960. After this short stay it then moved to St Blazey until September 1960 when it then left the south west and moved to Cardif Canton.
The following link to our restoration blog maybe of interest with regular updates on progress http://7820dinmoremanor.blogspot.co.uk/
Any assistance to the above would be gratefully received. Regards,
On behalf of Dinmore Manor Locomotive Ltd
Unfortunately, due to an impending operation, Tim Roberts, our booked speaker is unable to attend - we wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to his presentation on the Berks and Hants once he is fit and well once more.
However, we are very pleased and extremely grateful to the two speakers who have agreed to provide our programme:-
Part 1: Geoff Mason-Brown - The story of T9 30120 and The Bodmin and Wenford experience.
Geoff is a professional producer of video films and will introduce these two examples of his recent work.
Part 2: Roger Webster - The Isle of Man Updated.
Roger, one of our own members and formerly manager of the Isle of Man Railway will present his movie showing the island's transport in 2013.
Hello Keith, One shot your Roger Winnen missed.
Once a month we get a break from the normal passages of Class 159’s along with an odd Class 158 from Salisbury. Yes, we see the Network Rail NMT HST which passes Exmouth Junction around 0925 and returns around 1030. With all the diverted HST’s it ran last Thursday (23rd January 2014) and provided and interesting sight. It was scheduled to terminate at Central. I walked into town and took a shot of the train entering the only operational bay platform. Yes, the two power cars and five Mark 3’s just got in. Also this train has one coach with a pantograph in it. You can just make it out going under the New North Road bridge arch.
The bay platform saw some use last year by extra Sunday trains on the Exmouth branch. Other than that it has seen sporadic use to turn back late running Waterloo train. I am also hearing whispers that Network Rail are putting back a through road at Central in three months time. We will have to wait and see if the rumour mill is true. Regards Dave Tozer **** Welcome to the Latest News Columns David.
Went to St Ives by train yesterday. From the Saltings along to Lelant Station and around the corner steel sleepers are stacked along this length. No sign of any flatbottom rail on site as yet. As mentioned some time ago I thought that there wasn't any flat bottom rail on the branch. Then it came to me, the last sixty feet or so in St Ives Station to the buffer stops has flat bottom rail, laid, no doubt, when the platform was lengthened. Also noted were the granite foundations of the former water tank at the site of St Ives Engine Shed.
Our inexhaustible reporter Roger Winnen has been out and about again the attraction being unusual trains on the Waterloo line from Exeter. many thanks to Roger,
A going away from Feniton shot taken on the 23rd January 2014, Feniton station is visible in the distance. Copyright Roger Winnen. N.B. It is difficult to believe that there was once a goods yard to the left of this picture on the approach to the former Sidmouth Junction station. The Sidmouth branch converged with the main line passing under a bridge to the left of the one from which this picture was taken. This station closed along with the Sidmouth branch on the 6th March 1967 only to be re-opened as Feniton on the 3rd May 1971 .
Roger then moved back to Exeter Central area.
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