Part 2 tomorrow
Regards, Clive Smith. Many thanks Clive
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Many thanks Andrew
Part 2 tomorrow
Some more pictures of the stunning bridges in our area in the recent glorious spring weather. Only one train in this batch. Sometimes the conditions don't wait for the trains to roll on by and this was the case here.
Regards, Clive Smith. Many thanks Clive
(2) Earlier that morning I was at Forder under the viaduct at 08.15. High tide was at 09.15 and there was not a breath of wind to ripple the water. The sun was directly behind me and not high in the sky. Perfect conditions for a study of this superb viaduct. 26th March 2019. (An amazing picture - the water looks very cold!!) Copyright Clive Smith
(3) Friday 29th March 2019 was yet another sunny forecast so I again headed west, this time to the River Tamar to photograph the morning trains . As previously mentioned the river was covered in fog but I noticed the sun starting to shine through and the first traces of the fog burning off. Close up to the water's edge the eastern end of the bridge started to reveal itself in a very ethereal and atmospheric way. I spent the next hour happily snapping away at the various changing scenes including the odd train until the fog eventually burned off. This picture was taken at 09.02 some twenty minutes after the last up train and 30 minutes before the next down. Copyright Clive Smith
(4) The Royal Albert Bridge finally revealed itself in all its glory.Â This was the scene at 09.49 on the 29th March 2019. Just five minutes prior to this there was a bank of fog obscuring the western span of the Royal Albert bridge and the Saltash side of the river. For a few seconds the river was like a millpond.. Perfect conditions then a slight breeze on the water removed the stunning reflection. Copyright Clive Smith.
Many thanks Clive for some amazing early morning pictures. The early bird catches the …….
Long Rock T.M.D Pilots throughout the years Part 1
Our resident Class 08's through the years, often overlooked but still performing their everyday duties after more than 60+ years
All the Best
1. 08801 at Penzance in 1991 Copyright Andrew Triggs
2. 08644 'Ponsandane' at Penzance in 1992 Copyright Andrew Triggs
3. 08641 'Laira' at Longrock TMD in 2015 Copyright Andrew Triggs
4. 08645 returning again to Longrock TMD in 2019
5. 08410 trundling into Penzance in 2016. Copyright Andrew Triggs
Hi Keith, A selection of Spring pictures from the recent days.
On the 26th a trek up to the Glynn Valley in sublime light to see 1A85 and 66149 with the sand. Strange to be stalking HSTs in their final days working 2x8 to Paddington, but they are very much vulnerable now.
The clay by rail thankfully recommenced after a few weeks lull on Wednesday. 66127 made it's way to Treviscoe and Carne Point on Wed 27th. The loaded train is seen at Golant - taken from a builder's scaffold - a new, but very temporary viewpoint!
Also on 27th 70816 is seen with the cement tanks running around prior to heading for Moorswater.
Finally, yesterday 28th, 66009 in bright red on the sand, and 66126 (note the loco swap from 127) working the clay. See the driver deftly delivering the token in its hoop carrier onto the catcher opposite the box at St Blazey
All the best, Craig Many thanks indeed Craig
Friday 29th March 2019 was another sunny forecast so again I headed west to photograph the morning up London HSTs . As I turned off the A38 for St Budeaux to drop down to the Royal Albert Bridge my heart sank at the sight of a bank of fog on the Tamar. As I parked up below the bridge by the old ferry slipway with the first train due I noticed the sun starting to shine through and the first traces of the fog burning off. Close up to the water's edge the eastern end of the bridge started to reveal itself in a very ethereal and atmospheric way. These pictures show the trains that crossed the bridge in the next hour. Part 2 will show just the bridge itself during this wonderful hour.
Regards, Clive Smith. Many thanks Clive.
Farewell Old Friend
Not everybody gets nostalgic over cars but when you've had one for a long time and it hasn't let you down taking you to many railway locations parting from an old friend as you take it for its last run to the scrapyard on its final run is a sad occasion. Yesterday was such an occasion for Clive as he poses his chariot in front of a far older old friend. We had to have railway somewhere in this picture! 29th March 2019.
'Sultan' at Cardiff
East Budleigh station served the villages of East Budleigh and Otterton in Devon. It was opened in 1897 as Budleigh on the Budleigh Salterton Railway (BSR), which branched from the Sidmouth Railway at Tipton St Johns. The station was then renamed East Budleigh in 1898. The London and South Western Railway, which worked the BSR, did not name the station after the nearby village of Otterton to avoid confusion with its Otterham station on the North Cornwall line. Passenger and freight services were finally withdrawn in 1967.
On March 27th 2019 I visited the nearby Otterton Mill across the river bridge and took a few photos of the track bed and the station which is a private residence. I was rather surprised to find a 7&1/4 inch light railway straddling the grounds ! All photos were taken from the adjacent road. Please check out the four links for a fascinating look at the history of the station and the line as well as the Otterton and East Budleigh Light Railway. For anyone wishing to visit the railway for a ride there will be two open days in 2019 on the 9th June and 10th August.
Regards Clive Smith.
Many thanks Clive for your article, pictures and links.
Please check out the following links for more information and pictures of East Budleigh station and area.
Disused Stations: East Budleigh Station
Disused Stations: Otterton & East Budleigh Light Railway
Charities benefit from village railway opening
Major Incident at Stoke Cannon Level Crossing this morning
43071 + LA26 42563 42105 42175 44081 + 43180 working the 2D02 06:00 Exeter St Davids to Bristol Parkway has crashed into a car on Stoke Canon level crossing between Exeter and Tiverton Parkway. Very unfortunately the driver was killed - tragic.
GWR diverting via Honiton
XC given up west of Taunton
Information kindly supplied by SW Rail Gen
St Austell 60's
Towards the end of their operational life the 50’s were again re- introduced on the Southern mainline to Exeter and gave sterling service with improved timings and reliability, (post rebuild in the late 1970’s, including modifications to the roof mounted air intake fan, which contributed to the locomotives nickname ‘Hoover,’ due the distinctive sucking noise).
With all this talk of 50’s, next month it will be 50 years since I photographed St Austell Station in April 1969.
The attached photograph shows little change since its opening on the 4th May 1859 and I can still remember the adjacent Western National bus station with a single siding entering the forecourt and bus turning bay. There was a line of bus shelters flanking the perimeter wall and a splendid fleet of Bristol buses beautifully turned out in dark green, unfortunately just a distant memory!
Best wishes Andrew Jones Many thanks Andrew.
Yes I too can remember the siding across the forecourt and the tale of a shunter who failed to apply the brakes on a wagon and put it through the side of a Western National double decker parked there!
Focus on Forder
An early start on Tuesday 26th March to capture the up Golden Hind in glorious sun down the road from me. Then off to South East Cornwall to capture the viaducts at high tide in full sun as well as maybe a last chance to finally capture some HSTs in the Duchy on the up Londons.
Regards, Clive Smith.
Many thanks Clive - a worthwhile early morning start.
(1) Sunrise was at 06.05 and with the South Hams bathed in glorious morning sunshine it was an opportunity to photograph the 05.05 Penzance - Paddington 'The Golden Hind' at 07.05 from Davey's Bridge Ivybridge. This Sunday 31st March the clocks will go forward so we will lose that morning hour of daylight for the final week leading up to the up Hind's last HST working on the 5th April. Worth getting out of bed early for. 26th March 2019 Copyright Clive Smith
The good old days at
The late John Cornelius
Let's for a moment get away from HST's and IET's and harp back to 1976 and a heritage set arriving at Truro. Remember these noisy rattling things, but at least you got a good view, out of the front sometimes, and another bonus was that you could drop the windows and enjoy the air and the fumes!!!
Sunday H.S.Ts in Focus etc
Mid & East Cornwall
Some scenes from a lovely afternoon on the 25th March 2019 that didn't interrupt my day's gardening too much.
Regards, Clive Smith.
Many thanks Clive - a smashing day for gardening and photography.
(1) Celebrity BR liveried 43002 passes the old Cantrell Works between Bittaford and Ivybridge with the 3A88 10.45 St Phillips Marsh - Plymouth ECS to form the 13.56 from Plymouth to Paddington. This movement was due to an earlier fatality in Somerset delaying trains and displacing sets. Some severe cutting back of vegetation has allowed this location to be again opened up but the bracken and brambles will soon take hold as spring marches into summer and may make pictures difficult. The rear car is 43022. Having seen this location in many photos back in hydraulic days it came as a disappointment when I went looking for the vantage points some twenty years ago. Amazing what a long overdue substantial bit of pruning can reveal. The works here once housed Western Machinery Ltd . Today the building is split into small units for hire with a nice pop-up cafe on Wednesdays I have been known to frequent with my good lady. 25th March 2019 Copyright Clive Smith
(2) 43002 now brings up the rear of the 13.56 Plymouth - Paddington which did not run from Penzance. This picture was taken from the field at Davey's Cross between Ivybridge and Bittaford. When I arrived there was a very distinct rural smell that was somewhat overpowering as the field had just had large amounts of muck spread over it. As I was waiting for the train I heard a rumble and in through the gates came a large speedy tractor with attached muck spreader going full pelt spreading far and wide. This was going to be a bit hairy I thought. The tractor was on its third circuit of the field and getting ever nearer as I shuffled away further up the field to avoid a slurry shower. 25th March 2019. Copyright Clive Smith
(3) One hour later at Harford Road bridgeÂ and thankfully not needing a change of clothes,Â celebrity Inter City liveried 43185 leadsÂ the 15.00 Plymouth- Paddington off the viaduct that spans the River Erme and overlooks the town of Ivybridge. The bright sun shining onto the side of the HST creates a dappled light on the train through the nearby trees. 43185 and 43162 started the day on the 05.05 Penzance - Paddington diverted via Bristol due to a fatality. They then worked the 11.03 Paddington - Plymouth. They were scheduled to finish the day on the 19.03 Paddington - Plymouth. This diagram I previously estimated was 980 miles so with a diversion via Bristol (Parkway or Bath ?) I wonder if it exceeded 1000 miles ? Maybe the bit from Long Rock at the start and back to Laira at the end just tipped it over that mark. Anyone like to confirm ? 25th March 2019. Copyright Clive Smith.
50's near Tisbury
With all the recent interest in Class 50s, I have looked out these pictures of the last day of Class 50s in service on the Waterloo-Exeter line.
These pictures were taken by me, I believe near Tisbury on 24th May 1992. They show 50 007 and D400 going down to Exeter, followed by two Class 33s double heading a service train and, later in the day, D400 and 50 007 returning to London.
Best wishes. Peter. Many thanks Peter.
Looks back at the 50's
Please see attachment of yesterdays class 50 tour passing Exeter St Thomas. (This has been added to our Terminator feature)
The next two are the 'Chiltern Atmospheric 50 tour' 0800 Aylesbury to Plymouth. First shot is taken from the top of Blackboy tunnel as the tour passes the site of Mount Pleasant halt (closed 2 January 1928) , second as it passes Exeter St Thomas (16 May 1992)
The remaining photographs are which I believe to be the last class 50 hauled Waterloo-Exeter service. The 1655 from London Waterloo double headed with D400 and 50007. The 2250 Exeter to Laira ECS was triple headed with 50033 attached at Exeter. The date was 24 May 1992.
Hope this is of interest, Kind regards, Paul Barlow
They certainly are of great interest, many thanks to you Paul.
Featuring the 50's
In view of the large number of pictures received concerning the 'Terminator Railtour' featuring the two immaculate Class 50's this is being covered as a feature.
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The Terminator Railtour passes St Erth Station. Copyright Ollie Turrell
12 years ago today
Rewinding to 24th March 2007, which seems to have been a beautiful spring day in Cornwall, here is 43 132 captured on the front of the 1145 Penzance - Paddington, rounding the long curve between Trerulefoot and St Germans.
Best Regards, Chris Harvey. Many thanks Chris
Crediton the shabbiest unit on our network 153333 leads 153 369 and 153329 with the 1243 Barnstaple - Exmouth. 153333 has been stripped of its vinyl's and sadly looks a right mess.
In addition to pictures of the 'Terminator' - you can see them on the Feature Section Craig has also three offerings as below - many thanks Craig
"The Class 50 Terminator - Phoenixed!"
GBRf 50049 Defiance & 50007 Hercules also in the guise of 50 014 Warspite with The Class 50 Terminator – Phoenixed. As it was not activated on Real Time Trains, I suspect most of us had to wing it today to get a photograph; well it paid off for me. So this is the first of I expect many that you will see today. It passed me at 13.12 about 6 minutes late. By Mick House.
Photos by Mick House & Martin Scane
I’m sure you’ll get lots of photos but this is the down train at Redruth running 5 minutes late.
And very smart they look too.
Many Thanks Martin.
On the return leg of the journey, 50007 Hercules also in the guise of 50 014 Warspite was leading 50049 Defiance, with Real Time Trains activated the ensemble left Penzance 8 minutes late.
By Mick House.
Roger Geach, Clive Smith and Roger Winnen
The 28th November 1981 saw Deltic 55016 Gordon Highlander work the 1Z40 railtour from Finsbury Park to Exeter St Davids via the Berks & Hants, returning to Liverpool Street via the Southern. The pictures show the Deltic passing Cowley Bridge Junction, amidst the throng of enthusiasts at St Davids and then passing Exeter Central signal box.
Regards, Clive Smith Many thanks Clive
To see more of this railtour please click here for our railtours collection, select Diesel Railtours in Cornwall & Devon 1960 - 1989 and then scroll down to 28th November 1981.
Public Notices and Posters Collection, has been updated.