With many thanks to Richard Burdett who sent in the following re that amusing picture. To be honest I don't really want the web site to develop into a joke box so please no more like that - just serious stuff. If you look at the http address below you'll find details of the thousands of responses that were received.
Great site! Details about your hoax photo of the fire hose are at http://wongm.com/2014/04/fire-hose-across-railway-tracks/ The Google streetview of the crossing is at https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=bornem+belgium&ll=51.105314,4.230809&spn=0. 000027,0.027874&hnear=Bornem,+Antwerp,+Flanders,+Belgium&t=h&z=16&layer=c&cb ll=51.105335,4.230926&panoid=86k-6N6rtYsDM8xChpNe9A&cbp=12,95.47,,0,5.2 Note that the Google image is dated 2009 and since then the trees in the garden on the right have grown and an extra crossing warning light has been added to left of the electrification support pole. regards, Richard Burdett
2014 Once again attracted the Annual Bus Running Day at Penzance organised by the Cornwall Bus Preservation Society with the support of the Thames Valley & Great Western Omnibus Trust.
With Easter falling later this year it gave time for the owners and crews to spend a more leisurely time in the area. An extensive timetable was organised with services commencing from 10.00 on Services to Land's End, St Buryan via Drift & Lamorna Turn, Perranuthnoe via Goldsithney, Mousehole, St Just via Newbridge also via Madron, Morvah and Pendeen. Three routes to St Ives, one via Lelant and Carbis Bay, one via Gulval, Ludgvan, Nancledra & Halsetown, and the remaining service via Gurnard's Head and Zennor.
Service 18 Ran to Camborne with a Royal Blue coach of 1969 OTA 632G which featured in the Penzance Aberdeen epic in 2009.
The final two services were Route 20 to Praa Sands and an Open Top service around Penzance.
This event was well supported during the day, however it is unfortunate that the weather took a downturn.
Another well organised event! Roll on the next one.
You may wonder at buses on a railway society site - well, what would FGW have done without buses recently?
Many thanks to Roger for a busy days work. A busmans holiday!!
Report from Roger Winnen
From Good Friday 18th April to Easter Monday 21st April the South Devon Railway were holding there Easter Heritage Gala.
This year the theme being "Delivering the Goods" with a number of freight trains combined with an hourly passenger service in each direction between Totnes-Staverton and Buckfastleigh.
The engines rostered for the occasion being Worcester locomotive society L92 Based at the South Devon, resident 3205, 46521 by courtesy of the Great Central, English Electric Class 37 6975 and D7612 a sulzer type 2 together with shunters D2246 at Staverton and D3721 at Buckfastleigh.
The trains, and the station refreshment rooms were very busy all day on Saturday, combined with the glorious weather it made a perfect day.
Congratulations to the South Devon Railway.
David Tozer actually beat Roger to it visiting on Good Friday, but his pictures, excellent quality stills from his video didn't reach me until after Rogers.
However, as they are away from stations they fit in nicely in one slot. Many thanks David.
Brilliant coverage of the Gala by Roger and David for which many thanks.
Hi Keith, The FGW training trip took place again on 19th Apl 2014. 57604 was the loco and was pictured in perfect conditions at Merthen Farm near Carlyon Bay. The hawthorn was in bloom too, a nice added bonus.
Cheers Craig Lovely picture Craig, many thanks
Sir Nigel has been down again, this time captured by David Tozer at firstly at 12.52 today at Dawlish Warren and then again in the evening sunshine approaching Exeter St Davids. What a fine sight. Many thanks David
Hi Keith, I have just stumbled across your rather excellent web page, and wondered if you would be interested in the photos of the Laira 08 shunter repaints (08641 and 08644) I took at Laira today. I note you already have a copy of 08641 posted. Regards Dave Field Many thanks Dave
Roger didn't have to travel far for his day out today, just a brisk walk along the beach and across the causeway to St Michael's Mount.
Many thanks Roger
Time in Loo. When at St Micheal's Mount Roger tried to get a photograph of the tramway which runs from the quayside up to the castle. Most of the route is underground, this, the lower end being the exception. However, the adjacent 'Ladies' was quite busy which made photography, to say the least, difficult!!
Hi Keith, The super sunshine continues to shine and a brief visit to Burngullow caught two trains in the same picture on 16th Apl. 150124 heads west with 2C46 Plymouth to Penzance, whilst 66140 gingerly creeps down from the Crugwallins stopboard with 11 Polybulks recently loaded at Treviscoe. A welcome sight again in Cornwall post Dawlish.
The Polybulks are also seen on Gover viaduct heading back to St Blazey some time later. Cheers Craig Many thanks Craig
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