Returning from Exeter after a visit to the Darmoor Railway Roger took a number of pictures - here they are - Many thanks Roger
Those expecting a loco hauled train due at Camborne at 20.45 - were disappointed. 57 602 having been used elsewhere was replaced by a class 150.
The sun was out, and so was I! Following on from my shift at St Erth, I went out to photograph 57602.
The failure of a FGW HST on the Down Main at Truro resulted in the train being cancelled there, and shunted across to the yard. The set was retrieved during the afternoon by snatching the class 57 from 2E75 11.25 Par to Exeter St Davids whilst the train was at Plymouth.
The class 57 number 57602 was dispatched light to Truro to the HST forward as 5C72 to Long Rock. The train is seen at Rosevidney West of St Erth on 31st May 2014 in glorious sunshine.
I had popped up to Angarrack viaduct to take a picture of the class 57 there, but the sun was creeping away from the broadside shot of the viaduct. I headed to Rosevidney instead (I'm glad I did). I did take 2 x HST photos whilst there, one FGW Eastbound service, and a Cross-Country Penzance bound one.
Cheers Craig. Many thanks Craig
Hello Keith, Interesting event at Truro today. This morning, 1C72 06.44 Bristol TM - Penzance was terminated at Truro and the set (power cars 43025/43035) was shunted to Truro Yard. At 14.45, 57602 arrived at Truro to attach to the failed HST to haul it to Penzance. This meant that the 11.25 Par - Exeter Saturday loco-hauled train was cancelled at Plymouth to release the assisting engine. Attached are some photographs of the failed train in Truro yard, 57602 arriving at Truro, then the curious site of THREE HST's at Truro at once (when did this last happen, if at all) - the 15.00 Penzance - Plymouth passes the 11.06 Paddington - Penzance shortly before the 15.50 Truro - Penzance ECS leaves.
Many thanks for your observations and smashing photographs Martin.
Sorry a bit late putting them on the site - I've been digging a soakaway all day.
158883 & 159018 Nr Pinhoe The Class 158 reaches Exeter on the front of the 1020 Waterloo – Exeter. Later after working the 17.46 to Axminster it returns ECS. Then works the 1925 Exeter (St David’s) – London (Waterloo) Exhibition Way 30th May 2014 Copyright David Tozer 30th May 2014 Copyright David Tozer
Hi Keith A rare treat to be covering St Erth for two shifts. Here's 57605 working the down Sleepers 30th May 2014. Cheers Craig
We admire your expression of delight at having to cover two shifts - a very long day. Many thanks.
This is in response to Stuart Smith who on the 23rd May queried whether passengers have even been officially carried on the link line between the main line and Looe branch at Liskeard.
A reply from Bernard Mills Re the connection at Liskeard with the Looe Branch, The Clayliner tour of 11 May 1968 and the BLS one the following week, on both of these passengers were NOT conveyed around the connection to the Looe Branch, we had to get out and walk. I was on the Clayliner. Last February the 37's to Looe also went ECS around the curve. The only train I know of to convey passengers on the connection between the Looe Branch and the main line was the Cornish Gnome of 03 May 1998. Attached is a very rare picture of that one on the actual curve coming out of the yard at Liskeard, as far as I know the only time passengers carried around here. I would suspect curvature of line and possibly having to clip points would have been factors in banning passengers around here. Bernard Many thanks Bernard
I believe that 50007 (no longer green) was planned to go today to St Blazey to retrieve the last 60 from there, but has been cancelled due to no route conductor - wonder whether it will go ahead with a different class loco? I don't want to send anyone on a fool's errand!
Bodmin and Wenford is running today (30th June) despite the leaflet showing it to be a blank day - I shall be helping in the shop this afternoon.
Craig Munday advises that the collection of the class 60 today has been cancelled
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