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Two more for the pot
Although a little late for the News we had to include these pictures of the Royal Scot from Linda Geyman, a new and welcome contributor.
BR days Bodmin branch
Taunton Revisited 4
Remember the steam of Tuesday and Wednesday?
Watch this superb video by Alan Perryman
Don't miss this!!
In addition to three stills which have been added to our collection in Latest News for the 27th April 2016 Alan Perryman has kindly sent the web address for a truly magnificent video made by him recalling this exciting visit. To see it click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-zz6YhLwsE
Freight to Exmouth Junction
Having not seen diesel locomotives for years we get our third visit this year to Exmouth Junction.
70804/70802 top and tailed the 0610 Westbury - Exmouth Juction bringing back the Swedish Railvac , not doubt for use during this weekends engineering blockade. The engines left at 0956
Regards Dave, Many thanks David
Bodmin General Goods Shed
Today we welcome a new contributor to the CRS site - Jim Lewis. Jim has sent in a collection of photographs in Cornwall we start off with the demolition of the Goods Shed at Bodmin General. Previously unrecorded by us. Thank you Jim.
Firstly a view of the station at Bodmin with the Goods shed more or less complete. You can see the length of tha long siding which served it. The signalbox is there and the loco shed. If only one could have stopped the clock at this moment in time what a lot of work it would have saved the B & W Railway! The date is July 78 Copyright Jim Lewis
Taunton Revisited 3
Taunton Revisited 2
After the hurry and scurry of the weekend Pulmans and steam on Tuesday and Wednesday it is a relief to look back quite a few years ago to Taunton in the days of steam - with many thanks to John Cornelius.
Trains again on the Weymouth Tramway
Steam train times for today
Depart Penzance 10.06
Pass St Erth 10.18
Hayle Arr 10.24 - 10.27
Camborne Arr 10.42 - 1045
Plymouth 12.22 - 13.47
Newton Abbot 14.47
Dawlish Warren 15.04
Exeter St Davids 15.16 - 1531
Cowley Bridge 15.34
Tiverton Up Loop 15.50 - 16.05
Taunton 16.22 - 16.55
Worle Jct 17.29
Bristol Temple Meads 17.51
Another shot at Bodriggy - this time by Matthew Geyman who thinks he may have Craig Munday in his sights! It was Matthew who phoned the head at Bodriggy School who in turn kindly let the children out of class to see the Royal Scot go by. An unforgettable experience for a child. Copyright Matthew Geyman
Steam - Latest News
The passengers continued their journey to Penzance diesel hauled - departing Plymouth at 16.32
Royal Scot is reported to be heading the train with 57 316 assisting at the rear. The train left Taunton approx 1 minute late. It will be stopping at Tiverton Junction down loop from 13.42 to 14.07. This will allow our reporter Roger Winnen to overtake it for his next photostop at Exeter. Message timed at 13.35.
Dear Keith. An update for your website. The 'Great Britain IX' has had another loco change, it is now 46100 on its own plus a WCRC diesel. 44871 has apparently failed. The assisting diesel 57313 is basically a re-engined class 47 with it's Vac brake removed and is owned by WCRC. Regards Karl. Hewett. Thanks Karl
Steam Train Times for today
Railtour depart London Victoria at 08.44 with 46100 Royal Scot and 44871.
Due Plymouth 16.01. Steam detached. The train proceeds to Penzance diesel hauled depart 16.32 arr Penzance 18.27.
The steam taken off the train at Plymouth goes to Laira arr 17.15 and then having turned departs at 18.48.The passing times in Cornwall are Saltash 19.23, Liskeard 19.42, Lostwithiel 20.01, Par 20.09, Truro 20.36, Camborne 20.51, arr Penzance 21.15.
The Green 150
Morning Keith, At long last the Exmouth Branch has seen a refurbished Class 150/2. The second unit to be treated 150247 worked the 0953 Exmouth - Barnstaple this morning. During the day the Exmouth - Barnstaple trips do not pick up/set down passengers at Polsloe Bridge Halt, hence it was moving quite swiftly. Regards Dave Thanks
Taunton Revisited 1
John Cornelius writes - Hi all, been scanning a few more pics today,great fun.
These are for the 'WESTERN' fans,recalling some of my happy days spent at Taunton station
Many years ago. enjoy, cheers JOHN C
A Patriotic Picture
Chris Harvey brings us a last picture of the Belmond Pullman as it enters Cornwall on Saturday 23rd April 2016 - what a wonderful selection we have had on a wonderful weekend - many thanks to Chris and all others
Chard Junction blocked
John Cornelius brings us a picture and details of an incident at Chard Junction just over 19 years ago. Many thanks John
The pic today. This happened around 06.30 at Chard Junction on March 16th 1997, when a machine leaving an engineers possession suffered a broken hydraulic oil pipe and became a total failure on the crossing, stopping lorries from reaching the milk factory and causing a queue back for nearly a mile.Luckily trains were not affected as they used the loop. The only road traffic that could get by was cars, small vans and cycles.
The crossing was blocked for around three hours whilst waitng for a spare pipe to be brought to site.
When it arrived, it didn't take the mechanic long to fix it and to everyone's relief the machine was moved off the crossing and into the yard and the delayed traffic was able to get moving again.
Just another day of life on the railway. cheers JOHN C.
And while we are about it and in the area John also brings us pictures of an engineering operation at Chard Junction where the milk factory sidings came in very handy.
Not a frequent train traveller
Comment from Robert Perry
I was second in the queue to leave a HST (1713 ex Liskeard) when it came into Truro on time yesterday (Saturday) evening. The train came to a halt, the “door unlocked” sign came on, and I assumed that the person in front would open the door. Nothing happened. I said to him “You’ll have to open the door” but the only “reply” was complete incomprehension. So I said “You have to open the door and turn the outside handle.” This time, sheer disbelief! We were still getting nowhere, but fortunately a passenger on the platform who was waiting to get on seized the situation and opened the door so we could all leave the train. The man I’d been talking to just said that he couldn’t remember the last time he’d been on a train where the passengers had to open the doors in order to leave it, and couldn’t believe that we still had trains like that. I just confined myself to saying that down here we were used to it. Roll on the IEPs if ever they make it to Cornwall!
Robert Perry, Truro
Thanks for that Robert - long may the HST's reign with their drop down windows.
I had the reverse of Robert's experience, on the Bodmin and Wenford a couple of years back. As the train came to a stand at Bodmin General, we all moved towards the doors. A cut-glass voice from elsewhere than Cornwall shrieked "We will have to wait for the doors to be unlocked". A voice from behind me was heard to reply ..."then you are in for a long wait, darling"!.
Roy Hart (Rangoon) Many thanks Roy - any central locking out there?
Having read Robert Perry's amusing tale this morning I thought to send you a similar story from a visit to Didcot Steam Centre last October. My grandson and I were waiting on the platform together with an elderly couple for the Steam Centre 'shuttle' train which runs back & forth between stations on the site. The train duly arrived and came to a halt with one of the carriage doors immediately alongside us, we all stood to one side giving the gentleman waiting inside the coach the opportunity of letting himself out first, only to hear him shout 'There's no handle inside I can't open the door'. There followed much laughter from the couple and myself as the complexities of the 'leather strap' on the inside of the door had clearly represented too much of a challenge for the man waiting to get off the train. Suffice to say we opened the carriage door and he was able to get off, although not without repeating his claim that there was 'No handle on the inside' - ahh they were the days ! Cheers Adrian King Many thanks
Look inside the 'Belmond'
We've seen the Belmond Pullman from the outside at many locations over a glorious weekend, however, it has left the county now and headed back to London Victoria. Just to finish off our coverage of this notable event in the railway calendar a couple of shots inside to sample the eleganance, the sheer luxury.
Many thanks to David Hibberd for these two pictures.
Signalling Problems at Penzance
Craig to the rescue.
Due to signalling problems at Penzance early on Sunday (Today), Pilotworking was required between Penzance & Marazion along the single line. I was appointed and sent all the trains on their way along the single line section. I sent 5 prior to riding out on the St Ives train and bringing back 5Z83 the Belmond Pullman which has been present in the Duchy over the weekend. The locos were fueled on Long Rock which delayed its departure bound for Truro.
The faults were fixed around midday which allowed the photos of the ECS being run around in Slopers siding.
All the best, Craig
Many thanks Craig for your 'on the spot' report.
The Return working of the Belmond Pullman on Sunday 24th April, 2016
Plymouth to London Victoria via Penzance
The Belmond Pullman
In Cornwall - an update
Yesterdays travels of the Belmond Pullman coupled with absolutely brilliant weather for photography has resulted in us being swamped. However we make a start today with pictures taken by gentleman who was also aboard this luxury train.
Hi Keith, You probably overwhelmed with photos but I was lucky enough to take the dining trip today from Truro to Plymouth, back to Penzance and return to Truro. Truly a wonderful trip.
Enclosed some photos. First one is Falmouth Branch train whilst waiting for Pullman at Truro
2nd onwards taken at Penzance station approx 1410
Last 3 at Truro 1500
Hope maybe of interest, regards, Dave Many thanks David
To find an update of the Great Britain 1X departure times from Penzance on Wednesday 27th April, 2016. Please scroll down this page.
The Belmond Pullman
The Belmont Pullman made several passes through the county today - we'll try to put them on in the order they occurred.
Found in the garage
by Lawrence Parker
Hi, Found this whilst cleaning old garage of house just purchased.Any use to the society ? I think I can make out Gwinear Road !!!!
Lawrence Parker, Callington. Many thanks Lawrence
Comment from Roy Hart - Burma, today. An expansion of the picture shows that the main line has been 'narrowed' - it looks like fresh ballast, so the work could have been recent: this would put the scene at about 1893, I'd say. Many thanks Roy.
What do you call a 'Nine Header' ?
We recently featured several pictures of triple headed trains, just to prove that our miniature railways can even beat that by a factor of three again. John Cornelius sends us this picture of no less than nine locos on one train on the Romney, Hythe, and Dymchurch Railway. Can any other railway beat that. Sorry it is well out of our normal region but proves that 'Little railways can do large things'! Many thanks John
Totnes Quay and
Ashburton branch revisited
Five quite remarkable pictures have come to light which were taken by the late Cedric Owen. Cedric, a keen enthusiast was well known to us in West Cornwall for the several shows he gave us using his epidiascope - a remarkable large piece of equipment, which, by illuminating postscards with a powerful, (and very hot) lamp threw the reflected and rather faint image onto a screen. Thankfully things have moved on since then! This collection dedicated to the memory of Cedric is brought to us by Sid Sponheimer. Many thanks Sid.
Plymouth Railway Circle / South Devon Railway Society
Farewell to the Ashburton Branch
Loco 4567 Stock UsedBrake VansRoute :
Loco(s)Route Totnes - Ashburton Jn - Totnes Quay- Ashburton Jn - Staverton - Buckfastleigh - Ashburton- Buckfastleigh - Staverton - Ashburton Jn - TotnesNotes. Reported to be the first passenger train over the Totnes Quay line as well as being the last passenger train over the Ashburton branch, the line being closed to all traffic with effect from 10th September 1962. Courtesy the Sixbellsjunction website
A further historical note on this railtour from Roy Hart who writes from a sweltering Burma - On the Totnes pictures by Cedric Owen (one of the great characters of the era!) - the engine had been condemned and taken out of service in the week prior to the special. It was specially steamed for the trip and then finally taken off for scrap. Thanks for that Roy
The first and last passenger train on the Totnes Quay branch returns to the main line. A remarkable picture of a once only event captured by the late Cedric Owen. As well as the long 13 brakevan train the telegraph post with its mulititude of arms and wires is another memory of the past. Copyright the late Cedric Owen.
40's from the west
An absolutely fantastic picture which only a member of railway staff could get. John who was a signalman at the time at Athelney has climbed a nearby signalpost to get this panorama which puts everything into perspective. The signalbox, the level crossing, the bridge over the waterway and in the distance the tower of Lyng Church. Copyright John Cornelius. N.B. John has asked that it be made clear that he was not on duty at the time the picture was taken but took over later on.
Steam in Cornwall Next Week with the first ever visit of a Royal Scot to the Duchy
46100 Royal Scot and 44871 or 45407 are booked to depart Penzance on the Great Britain 1X next Wednesday 27th April to Bristol at 10.06 St Erth 10.18/10.21 Hayle 10.24/10.27 Camborne 10.42/10.45 Truro 11.02 St Austell 11.20 Par 11.26 Liskeard 11.54 Plymouth 12.22/13.47 Totnes 14.24 Newton Abbot 14.45 Exeter St David's 15.16/15.31 Taunton 16.22/16.55 Bristol Temple Meads 17.51
Tuesday 26th April the Great Britain 1X departs London Victoria at 08.44 Tiverton Loop 13.42/14.07 Exeter St David's 14.26/14.30 Newton Abbot 15.08 Plymouth 16.01 The steam will go to Laira for turning. The tour will then depart Plymouth behind a Class 47 at 16.33 Liskeard 17.03 Par 17.23 Truro 17.45 Camborne 18.06 Penzance 18.27.
The steam will depart Plymouth 19.08 Liskeard 19.42 Par 20.09 Truro 20.36 Camborne 20.51 Penzance 21.15
Walking the Sea Wall between Teignmouth and Dawlish Warren
Been out & about in the lovely sunshine of April. My best mate Iain down from the North West wanted to see my usual haunts!
The Weedkiller MPV stabled at St Blazey 19th April 2016
66027 on 6P24 at Golant with a super tide 19th April 2016.
08410 and friends at Penzance on the evening of 19th April 2016
66027 on clay workings at Treffry aqueduct 20th April
1A81 at Highertown on 20th Apl 2016. Fantastic pictures are now available from the top of tunnel by the County Arms following vegetation removal.
66027 on clay workings at Treffry aqueduct 20th April 2016
Cheers for now, Craig Many thanks Craig
Class 40's to the west
John Cornelius & Roger Winnen
Railway Pictorial Publications Railtours
Deltic to Devon (and Cromptons to Cornwall) Railtour
Locos Used 33017, 33022, 40081 & 40083
40083 + 40081 London Paddington - Westbury - Yeovil Pen Mill - Yeovil Junction - Honiton - Exeter St Davids - Dawlish - Newton Abbot.
33017 + 33022 Newton Abbot - Plymouth - Bodmin Road - Par
33017 + 33022 Par - Bodmin Road - Plymouth - Newton Abbot
40081 + 40083 Newton Abbot - Exeter St Davids - Taunton - Westbury - Reading - London PaddingtonNotes:
(1) This tour was booked to use a class 55 'Deltic' but an industrial dispute on the E.R. involving fitters meant that none of the class were being refuelled or given maintenance since the Wednesday prior to the tour hence the E.R. CM&EE were not able to supply a class member for the tour. Due to this all happening so close to the tour running date R.P.P.R. elected to run the tour with alternative motive power rather than postpone or cancel. A letter given to passengers on the tour explained the situation and also the fact that this was the first time any R.P.P.R. tour left the originating station without the advertised motive power. A full refund was offered to any passenger not wishing to participate in the tour as a result of the non-availability of the advertised Deltic. This info courtesy Six Bells Junction