With many thanks to Victor Menhennet for advising us of this link, read more - http://www.cornishman.co.uk/Ministers-lobbied-pound-146-million-Cornish-rail/story-21152768-detail/story.html
Although Devonport Dockyard possesses a platform military trains from it are now non-existent. However on 11th March 1995 a railtour, the 'South West Rambler Railtour' visited to docks penetrating beyond the platform as far as the exchange sidings - these can be seen on Google Earth.
For security reasons no photographs were to be taken by participants from the train and only one picture was permitted, the official view - this view of the railtour taken at the exchange sidings taken by Paul Burkhalter an employee at the dockyard.
Paul has written a highly recommended history of the docks railway entitled 'Devonport Dockyard Railway, it is from his book and collection this picture comes. Many thanks to Paul for releasing it to us. We have now added it to our collection featuring this railtour.
Hi Keith, Absolutely love looking through your website.... Oh for a time machine!!! Do you know of any Railtours/Specials that have allowed passengers to stay onboard over the connecting line at Liskeard? I have done three tours to Looe and/or Moorswater over the years (since 1994), and it's never been permitted. With your local knowledge I wondered if you were aware of any that had allowed it. Thanks, Stuart Smith
I am sure that relatively recently a loco hauled railtour was granted a concession to travel, complete with passengers over the connecting link. Does anybody know why it is standard practice to get passengers to walk from the main line to the branch platforms. A time waster really.
Can anybody furnish us with details of any charters which have done this. I believe a PRC railtour may have done this in the past. Many thanks if you can help Stuart Smith with this query - Keith
Hi,Keith I was on the 'Clayliner' organised by PRC on 11 May 1968. I have a photo taken on the main line platform at Liskeard, which suggest to me that we all had to get out. If I can find the tour notes, these may throw some light on the question.
I managed to cover this link, about 1994. I was on the last train of the day up from Looe, and there were no other passengers. The guard asked me if I'd mind being dropped off on the nmain line up platform, to save reversal into the branch line platform? Mind? Hardly! Some enthusiasts on the main line station looked at me enviously as I stepped out of the train.
Regards John (Ball) Thanks John - any more info and we'll let you know. Does anybody know why passengers on this stretch of line are so very rare - what is wrong with the line - is it dangerous - I think not. Was it a problem of possible buffer lock - the mystery deepens.
Just to show we all have our problems!
Morning Keith, Not a good day yesterday. The LCD on my camera died on me last evening when I was transferring my shots to my PC. It was playing up on the SDR in the morning as the viewing screen was very dark.
Dave Thanks all the same David
After spending the day at the Cornwall Railway Society bookstall at the Model Railway Exhibition at Hayle (Exhibition on again today until 16.00) Roger Winnen was at Penzance to greet the first loco hauled service train for many a year as it arrived at Penzance from Exeter. 24th May 2014.
Photographs attached - after arriving on 6V54 from Chirk yesterday, 56113/56078 are spending the weekend at Newton Abbot. I believe that only once before has the log train to Devon been double headed by Class 56. They are due to depart 09.50 Tuesday and apparently another timber train is due in on Wednesday coming. Also seen today was 43378/304 at Paignton South LC, running ECS to Goodrington after arriving with 1V46, 06.05 Leeds - Paignton. Regards, Martin D Many thanks Martin
It as quite exciting for us to find that on trawling though his massive collection of slides Roger Winnen came up with this one from the old Swindon Musuem taken An interesting token in the old Swindon Railway Museum 29th October 1977. Copyright Roger Winnen
Many thanks to Roger for these pictures of the first run to Exeter with the sleeping car set day coaches
Hi Keith And that made 4! 70806 brought the Duchy total to 4 class 70s on Engineering services recently. Here is 70806 with the LWR train which was in action at Gwinear Road last evening. The train stopped at Par to drop off staff just after dawn, so apologies for the poor light.
On another note it has been suggested that recently repainted 50007 Hercules may be down to St Blazey next Friday to collect the last class 60 for Colas rail. Watch this space.
Exciting times! Craig Many thanks Craig
Westcountry communities must 'seize initiative' to secure rail network upgrade cash
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