Many thanks Paul.
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Summer Saturday Parade at
As usual Paul had his notebook handy to note every passing working.
Many thanks Paul.
On Long Rock Shed
Let's hope that Roger has a successful return to his 'Home Shed' in Mount Street, Penzance, following his month away in hospitals and care. Now take it easy Roger, we all wish you all the very best.
It's fingers crossed for my colleague who has been absent from our web pages and from home for about a month now. After a fall and a serious leg infection he was transferred to Bodmin Hospital and then on to a convalescent home at St Agnes where he was kept in isolation for a fortnight.Roger's and our hopes are that tomorrow he will taken home to Penzance where Welfare Services will check that he is okay climbing the stairs etc. We all sincerely hope that this 'trial' is satisfactory and that very soon Roger will be 'back on air'; OUR VERY BEST WISHES TO ROGER.
Penzance up date
3 shots for CRS from our beach walk today, where there was work on going on the wash plant line just short of the western end of depot, certainly some different traction to the usual types!
All the Best, Andrew.
Many thanks Andrew - good to have a report from the far west.
The late John Vines
Two evening views of Bovey Tracey, by then the truncated terminus of the Moretonhampstead branch. The line was still open to this point, although the rails in these views are rusty, so we will have to imagine the occasional visit of a Class 22 pottering down from Heathfield to the adjacent goods yard. The tracks are of course now on the alignment of the town's by-pass and the station building and goods shed survive.
Many thanks Andrew for digging in Dads Archives and producing these wonderful pictures from the summer of 1869. I understand that there are more to come in due course, a memory of your Dads Hobby for which we are all extremely grateful.
The late Sid Sponheimer
A day out at the Teign Valley
Best wishes to Mr & Mrs Roy Hart
Much appreciated are the comments and articles supplied to our site by Roy Hart - a fellow Redruthian now resident in Burma. You will be aware of the current unrest and problems in the area - our best wishes to Roy and Nway.
Churchill's Funeral Train
There are more pictures of Sir Winston's funeral train in our Didcot to Oxford section - you'll find it mentioned near Culham and again at towards the end of this section. Please click here.
Many thanks to David for sending this picture to us and to Simon Howard for securing permission for us to publish it.
Rear end assistance from
A few shots I have just scanned form a visit to Westbury in April 1988 and illustrates how much of the railway was unfenced back then.
The long steady gradient from Westbury through Upton Scudamore to Warminster required frequent banking of aggregate trains.
47063 heads for Eastleigh with 47079 providing assistance at the rear, returning back to the yard an hour later.
079 was one of the early locos to get the Petrochemical sector livery having previously appeared in GWR green as GJ Churchward. Subsequently became 57009 Freightliner Ventura and now sports the DRS blue.
This location is reached along a footpath which commences outside Westbury station and heads SW parallel with the railway. The sding in the foreground is a head shunt for Westbury Down Yard,
Many thanks Martin - well worth the wait.
Some more photos all my photos are usually either June or Sept . (Is that Boris alighting?)
Thank you Andrew - did you visit the beach?
50031 speeds through Bruton in Somerset with the Saturday 13.02 Paddington - Paignton on a scorching hot 22nd July 1989. On checking a weather website I found that this date had Heathrow Airport recording 34.2C, the hottest day in the UK since 1976 !
Very hot, a good day to be where the other Smith was - many thanks Clive.
Also in 1989
Many thanks Phil - It struck me that this very interesting and complex view would be a very good picture for a Jig Saw Puzzle.
Many thanks to the two 'Smiths' nice to get you together!
Remember the excitement caused by the appearance of the bright red of Virgin Trains - it made for some interesting photographs.
Many thanks Andrew for those memories of the past.
Bournemouth Rail Gala
Alan kindly sent this cover for a programme but the contents was to detailed to print.
Driver Alan Peters
Now that Network Rail has completed the purchase of the Okehampton line is hoped that some engineering trains will be able to run to Meldon to run round to save top and tailing trains, a visit was made in typical wet Dartmoor weather to see if this was possible on 2nd February 2021 where Meldon Viaduct station waits to welcome trains in the future, rolling stock is still stored at Meldon quarry where 61743 DMSO from a class 411 Southern Region 4-CEP is seen.
Alan breaks almost new ground with this trip to Meldon. Many thanks Alan.
Time for tea at
Driver Alan Peters
Colas Rail Drivers and Groundstaff enjoy a brew courtesy of the Dartmoor Railway Supporters Association and their dog at Okehampton railway station on 2nd February 2021, with regard to route familiarisation for forthcoming engineering over the coming months as the line is upgraded ready to join the national network now ownership has been transferred to Network Rail. See picture below.
(Many thanks from the Colas team to Tony Hill and members of the Dartmoor Railway Supporters Association for the refreshments)
What a happy scene as Colas Rail Drivers and Groundstaff enjoy a brew courtesy of the Dartmoor Railway and their dog at Okehampton railway station on 2nd February 2021, with regard to route familiarisation for forthcoming engineering over the coming months as the line is upgraded ready to join the national network now ownership has been transferred to Network Rail. 2nd February 2021. Copyright Driver Alan Peters.
How lucky we are when Alan gets these jobs in the developing rather than contracting railway scene. Many thanks again Alan.
The WSR in summer 1969
The late John Vines
Two views of Blue Anchor and one of Williton, which make an interesting comparison with the scenes today. Back in 1969 the branch had been thoroughly rationalised, but both stations were retained as crossing places with level crossings, so were more or less complete with their GWR infrastructure. - Andrew.
Many thanks Andrew for your Dads pictures.
Route Learner today at Exhibition Way