News that on April 27th that the transport of passengers between Newton Abbot and Exeter St Davids was to take place by bus due to the closure of the Dawlish section for signalling work caused some alarm. However, it is understood that special dispensation for the Great Britain and VSOE trains to pass through the section concerned has been arranged.
After a barren first quarter of 2014, the floodgates are about to open with some long awaited specials making it into Cornwall.
Fri 25th April The VSOE Pullman makes its annual trip to Truro
1Z78 09.44 Victoria to Truro
Plymouth 16.31/42 Liskeard 17.10 Par 17.32/40
Shunts to yd - loco(s) return to BZ at 19.24 - though expect they will be much earlier in reality.
Saturday 26th April
The Great Britain tours heads west.
Hauled by Steam into Devon. Two class 47s then bring the train down to Truro from Exeter SD. The steam locos & support coach come down behind the main train.
Here are the Cornish timings:
5Z83 14.39 Exeter SD to St Blazey LIP - Steam locos & support coach
Steam Loco’s 5029 & POB & 34046 from Plymouth Friary
Plymouth Friary 16.40 / 17.43 Plymouth 17.58 / 18.01
Liskeard 18.42 Par 19.09 / 19.10 St Blazey 19.20
Main train class 47 1Z83 14.50 Exeter SD to Truro
Newton Abbot 15.11 Plymouth 15.51 Liskeard 16.17
Par 16.37 Truro 17.03
5Z85 17.12 Truro to St Blazey ECS Par 17.37 / 17.45
Sunday 27th April – the fun continues
These trains will run through Dawlish despite the closure of the section to all other traffic.
Great Briton tour
5Z84 08.25 St Blazey to Falmouth Docks (Empty stock)
Par 08.42/50 Truro 09.12/17 Penryn 09.40/49
Falmouth Docks 09.54
1Z85 10.03 Falmouth Docks to Bristol TM Penryn 10.20 / 10.21
Truro 10.41/42 Par 11.14 Liskead 11.42 Plymouth 12.15 /13.05
5Z83 08.50 Tavistock Jn to Truro (via Penzance)
Plymouth 08.53/58 Liskeard 09.30 Par 09.50 Truro 10.10
Camborne 10.26 Penzance 11.21 / 11.28 Camborne 11.45
1Z83 12.20 Truro to Victoria – passenger train
St Austell 12.40 / 12.45 Par 12.51 / 12.53
Liskeard 13.16 Plymouth 13.40 / 13.47
Cheers Craig Many thanks Craig
One of the best moments in recording the railways of Cornwall is receiving the gift of a collection of pictures. I have been VERY fortunate to been given some picture by John Lloyd of Hayle Wharves where he worked for many years. I have had a long chat with John, and he has given full permission for these images to be shared with the Cornwall Railway Society. They are an absolute treasure trove!
The images of the Esso depot are unique, as is the image containing the road oil tanker shunter - complete with draw hook to the left of one picture. It is the only image I understand in existence. I'd love to be proved wrong of course.
I hope you & the web sites visitors will appreciate John's generosity as I have, and will enjoy them as much as I have.
Kind regards Craig Munday.
Many thanks to Craig and especially to John Lloyd
Hello chaps, A hasty picture, snatched from our dining room window, of Laira's recently repainted 08 641 - lurking shyly in the undergrowth! I will try and get a close up of her when I can. They have obviously 'done a Stratford' with their own interpretation of the former rail blue livery. The other one, 08 644, also recently repainted, is in standard rail blue rather than the FGW blue hitherto used.
Just sent for interest's sake. Cheers Trevor Tremethick
Many thanks Trevor
In the last few days we have received from Andy Stace a number of pictures to enhance our coverage of the St Ives branch, and also a couple of main line ones. Here's a special one, no trains, just the quiet of the dusk with the distant chimneys of the clay driers at Par displaying a plume of steam.
With the weather having been so good in the last few days we take a quick look back at the CRS walk on Saturday the 5th April 2014 when the weather wasn't so kind. We started out in driving drizzle which moderated to just being overcast by the time we reached the terminus at Tresavean. However our guide Eric Rabjohns kept up a continous commentary as we walked the line and it was despite the weather very enjoyable. Rather like reaching the summit of Everest here we are at at the Tresavean Mine end of the line. It is intended to provide many more pictures for the Tresavean section of this website in due course.
A few weeks before the walk, on the 11th March, KJ and Christine Simmonds visited the section of track relaid by the CRS in 1999 to remove vegetation which had all but covered it. Neither Cornwall Council nor the local council had the funds to carry out this work. Here it is in its final stages. In addition to working Roger Winnen manned the camera. Copyright.
One of the best days of 2014 saw me out with the camera around the St Blazey area for the 14.07 service to Newquay, and 6G08 the Goonbarrow to Fowey Clay running early. They are both seen passing the Football club.near Middleway Crossing. Best wishes Craig Many thanks Craig
Maurice Dart has produced a second CD of his pictures, virtually of which are unique. A few of the pictures will appear, with his permission on this web site at strategic points. Ordering details are at the foot of the Home Page. Please state whether you want his first CD 'Clay Lines' or his 'Second CD' (this is without a definite title but well worth viewing.
Thought I had better give you some pictures of the Yellow HST. No doubt you will receive more (Yes, we have, Roger Winnens while it was at Penzance). These were taken this afternoon at Lostwithiel station at 17:31hrs. It was held at the first signal, then proceeded slowly through the station.
Mike Bojko Many thanks Mike
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