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A Glorious Bank Holiday South Devon Railway
Keyham area today
Richard has been busy with his camera in the Keyham area - firstly at Keyham and then later about half a mile east at the viaduct over St Leven Road. Many thanks Richard
All change at Chard Junction!
An exciting youtube video
All has undoubtedly changed at Chard Junction, the branch in no more, the station closed in October 1964 and since then the Milk Factory has closed and disappeared. Mark Lancaster has, over a period of years, assembled a collection of clips of pictures from the CRS website together with some excellent footage of his own taken both from ground level and from a drone. The collection is cemented together by a commentary by Roxanne Lancaster and makes for some very interesting nostalgic viewing.
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With many thanks to Mark and Roxanne Lancaster and also to the many contributors.
A charming scene on Saturday 2nd September 1989. It was warm, and dry but mainly overcast. Youngsters play on the swings and slides, and a cricket match is in progress as 31466 and 31444 pass through the remains of the long closed station with the 1717 Paignton to Liverpool. The station had closed w.e.f. 5th October 1964 Copyright Ron Kosys
The visiting Power Cars return home to Laira
46037 About To Meet Its End
Following on from Guy's piece on 46037's demise I was present on its last fateful run. This was the last head-code panel class 46 in what was to be the class's final year in service. The picture is on Saturday 16th June 1984. The loco is at Plymouth arriving from Cornwall on the 10.35 Penzance to Leeds. I was travelling to Bristol TM on the train and all was not okay even then. The loco was belching out black smoke and stinking of fuel which was covering the side of the loco. Surprisingly 46037 made it to Bristol on time. By now the fumes were really bad and flames were coming out of the exhaust. Amazingly the loco was not replaced and the green light was signalled. A peak enthusiast I knew boarded the train announcing he was going to Birmingham on it. My reply was " that will never get to Birmingham" and so my words turned out be quite prophetic as it caught fire at King's Norton which was extinguished by the West Midlands fire brigade, causing severe delays to other trains in the area. 46037 certainly went out in a blaze of glory.
Extremely interesting - many thanks Clive
37405 with Inspection Saloon 'Caroline' works the 2Z02 Bristol Temple Meads to Bristol Temple Meads via Penzance
Photographs by Guy Vincent, Jacob Hampson, Jamie Dyke, Ollie Turrell, Roger Salter, Clive Smith and Roger Winnen
For a full story of this event Click Here for item 1814 in the Features Section April end 2018 onwards
Ron writes :- Amazing how many times I managed to photograph the Exeter Central Blue Circle cement train in totally overcast, extremely dull weather.
I would always prefer it to be raining under those conditions – at least the rain normally gave the image a bit of contrast...
You've done very well here Ron Many thanks for saving the past for us all to see - forgotten memories.
Swindon, Totnes Quay, & Bridgnorth.
More photos of mine for your perusal.The first 4 pictures were all taken inside the old Swindon Railway Museum on the
3rd July 1965.
Pic 1 - 3717 `City of Truro'. Which I worked on at Bridgnorth in 1984/5 to get it back into steam for Great Western 150 trips on
the main line.
Pic 2 - Dean Goods 2516.
Pic 3 - The cab of 2515 showing the very polished cab fittings.
Pic 4 - Display of the right hand motion of 4-cylinder locos, having taken down both sets of this motion in very cramped conditions
underneath the boiler of a Castle I can say it is no easy matter.
The other 2 photos show me posing 53 years apart leaning on 14xx tanks. The first on 1466 at Totnes Quay branch on 30th June 1965
and the second on 1450 at Bridgnorth last Saturday 19th May boxed in by a class 50 on the left and Hagley Halls frames on the right.
I've tried to get this last pic a few times but 1450 was always down at Bewdley but has come to Bridgnorth for a wash-out. It now has
been repainted during the Winter in GWR livery.
Hope these photos will be of use to you. Cheers Geoff Matthews
They are indeed, thanks you very much Geoffery.
Southampton Airport Parkway
[I was taking advantage of my flight back to work being delayed by fog in the Channel Islands.
For some reason I never did mind being delayed!!]
We're glad you were delayed too!! Many thanks Ron
A Mystery of Two Power Cars
at Long Rock
These two Power Cars have been a Long Rock for at least 3 days
It was thought that they were 43160 and 43141 that rescued the Night Riviera on Friday, however closer inspection reveal that 43141 from the Sleeper rescue is coupled to 43182. Can anyone throw some light on this subject and what is the reason for a pair of power cars at Long Rock! Perhaps awaiting another sleeper failure!
Today at Truthall
Yesterday and today saw the return of steam at the Helston Railway as part of their 1940s Weekend. Peckett 0-4-0ST "Kilmersdon" seen at Truthall Halt this afternoon in the sunshine.
Many thanks Mark.
Caroline to Cornwall
I have been watching this for nearly a fortnight but have been holding back because there have been a few test trains and non-passenger workings on RTT that have been booked and with six different paths, cancelled or changed at the last minute, but this one is running! A DRS operated managers inspection run covering the South and South West area this week with inspection coach 'Caroline' 975025 http://www.departmentals.com/photo/975025-5 and 37405. The class 37 is on the London end of the formation:
Tuesday 29th May Bristol Temple Meads to Bristol Temple Meads via Penzance
Karl (Friends of Penmere Station). Many thanks for your observations Karl.
50149 Burngullow-03 Taken from the same bridge but looking east a most interesting scene. The main line west has been foolishly singled. Activity on the trackbed of the former down main is clearly visible - something has been dragged along. Also note that the Storage sheds at Burngullow are in us. 11th January 1988 Copyright Julian Stephens
John takes a look at Axminster in 1988 and notes how run down the area looks now compared with the present much improved station. Many thanks John.
57602 Restormel Castle at Exminster
Clan Line on WSR
On Saturday 26th Merchant Navy class 35028 Clan Line visited the West Somerset Railway with a mainline trip by UK Railtours with the "Quantock Intruder" from Paddington to Minehead. The engine did not return to Paddington with the trip,but remains at Bishops Lydeard on the West Somerset Railway until Tuesday Before returning to Bristol. Today Sunday, Clan Line is on public viewing at Bishops Lydeard to look over and to buy souvenirs for fundraising towards the engine. Clan Line will be visiting Cornwall for the first time with The Cornishman Express a mainline rail trip Bristol-Par on Sunday 17th June.
John Simons .
'Off Roading' with Colin Burges
Between Crediton and Barnstaple
A new episode as once again we join Colin and his bike as he follows the railway, as best possible, between Crediton and Barnstaple. Click here and scroll down to see the latest and previous pictures.
Also try this link for more details of the river diversion.
Many thanks to Clive Smith who sent details of the link to a most interesting piece published by the BBC on the return of a regular service to Swanage from Wareham - the fulfilment of a dream.
I’m trying to make contact with the family of someone who was once station master at Perranporth. Family name is Pearce..
If you know of anyone please could you pass on my details.
07808127792 or email me back
Lorna Can you help - if so please contact.
Failure of the Night Riviera
I managed to get well and truly caught out by 50149 returning to St Blazey on Monday 11th April 1988. I clearly wasn’t expecting it when it appeared at Lostwithiel and caught me wrong side for the sun.
Such a pity seeing as it had a really interesting mix of wagons behind it.
I managed to get in front of it again to get a second shot as it arrived at Par. Unfortunately it was hardly worth the effort, the sun being far from an acceptable angle. These are your opinions Ron, but, not, I think of the viewers, as usual excellent, and many thanks.
Captures the scene at Penzance and Marazion today
We welcome back the 158 units to Cornwall
In 1990 I photographed a 158 unit at Penzance on gauging clearances prior to their work operating services to Portsmouth Harbour, Bristol and South Wales from Penzance which lasted until 2007
It is nice to see these units back with us giving passengers a comfortable ride up to 90 m.p.h.
Peaks at Bristol
Two photos of Peaks taken at Bristol Temple Meads platform 10 twenty years apart.
1) 46037 having a change of crew working 1V81 0826 Bradford Interchange-Paignton on Saturday June 25th 1983. Just 1 year later on 16th June 1984 46037 met it's end when a traction motor caught fire whilst ascending the Lickey incline at the head of the summer Saturdays-only 1E64 1037 Penzance-Leeds.
2) 46035 on Saturday 15th March 2003 after arriving with 1Z46 0539 Crewe-Okehampton Railtour 'The Western Quarryman'. 46035 came off at Bristol and was replaced by D1015 'Western Champion'. Sadly 46035's glory days appear to be over as it has been stored in a partially dismantled state at Leeds Midland Road, Crewe Heritage Centre and, latterly, Rowsley depot sidings at Peak Rail, Matlock. This was the first preserved diesel locomotive to work on the national network following the lifting of the ban on such movements by BR.
Guy V Many thanks indeed Guy
Lots of summer Saturday activity at Penzance. Peak 45050 heads the 10.50 Penzance - Manchester on the 31st July 1982. Two HST sets ready for departures to London. Meanwhile 47105 sits on the stock for the 11.05 to Leeds. There are three others 47s in the sidings although just two front ends can be seen. These are 47075, 47553 and 47567.No shunters in the picture but 08576 and 08644 were busy at the opposite end of the station. Regards Clive Smith. Many thanks for all the detail.
Monday 11th April 1988 saw 50149 work its regular 6C57 0530 St Blazey to Heathfield. As can be seen in the view as it passes under Langford Bridge near Aller, there was no Tiger for loading at Heathfield.
Instead there was just a solitary wagon destined for the Watts Blake Bearne ball clay siding. This was located on the Heathfield branch at Newton Abbot. Many thanks Ron.
This week, I have been working in Devon. The High Output train has been in action in the Wrangaton area on the Up Main. This has resulted in the Down Main still opened for traffic, and over 200 yards of rail replaced, tamped and ready for traffic each morning. Quite an awesome feat bearing in mind the engineering, operational and time constraints.
Each evening the Output train travels down from Taunton to Plymouth to cross over, and return to Hemerdon on the Up. It enters the engineers possession there shortly after it is taken, accompanied by the on track machines from Tavistock Jn.
Around midnight, two Up trains run from Plymouth, and this has required Single Line Working (SLW) over the Down main between the crossovers at Hemerdon & Aish near South Brent - some 8 miles. I have been the Pilotman which required being present to personally authorise each train along the section, and to issue a Driver's ticket. The first train 2E78 a 5 car unit has been sent each evening, and then I have been riding with the GWR Night Riviera through the section to Aish. On arrival there, the points are reset and I travel back with 1C98 the last Paddington to Plymouth HST.
The train trip through the section has been fascinating. An army of staff working on the Up line with the immense train split in two, complemented with On Track plant and On track plant all stretched out over a mile or so. All lit up like a film set whilst we creep past the site at 20mph.
It's been poignant to hop off at Aish and see the powerful class 57 regain the UM line and see the train snake through the crossover, with all the blinds firmly shut on the sleeping cars, satisfied that the snoozing customers have travelled by soundly with no concept of the work going on just a mile or so down the track.
All the best, Craig
Fascinating details of what goes on through the night to keep the railways running. Many thanks to Craig.
Out & back Today
Plymouth to Westbury
43018 & 43164 on the 1A82 Penzance to Plymouth at Exeter St Davids. 1 coach short and in reverse formation. I took this train from Plymouth, changing at Exeter to get on the 1217 to Paddington "stopper" with 43094 & 43171, which was also in reverse formation but had a full compliment of 8. 24th May 2018 Copyright Chris Finan.
Looks like you had a good day Chris - many thanks.
Todays IET pictured at Marazion
All Tickets Please!
at Camborne today
A Ticket Machine will be soon installed on the up platform at Camborne Station, the foundations have been put in place with the site being fenced off at the moment, this is at the end of the station building.
So it will be no excuse for not having a ticket! as heavy penalty fares are applicable over the national rail system.
IET 800020 on its training run arrives St Austell
A powerful picture by Clive Smith
Champion with typical 'clag' and no doubt powerful roar which one can easily imagine pulls away from Plymouth - many thanks Clive.
D1015 Western Champion, sporting golden ochre livery and carrying Sir Misha Black nameplates, storms out of Plymouth on 27th January 2005 with the 1Z52 09.30 Gloucester to Par railtour "The Eden Flyer". An unidentified Virgin Class 57 'Thunderbird' awaits on the through road with a Voyager set. Fingers crossed that 1015 makes its long awaited re-appearance at Plymouth on 25th August later this summer on the Western Glory railtour. Copyright Clive Smith
Steam on the Menu
Lunch at the Swan's Nest (Exminster) produced the sight of steam, sorry not on the main line, but in the car park. Out on the real railway DR75407 was heading to Plymouth from Westbury and 158766 made up part of the Paignton - Cardiff service along with a Class 153. Cheers Dave Many Thanks Dave
Above St Germans
Class31's in Devon
Many thanks to Ron Kosys we continue our coverage of 31's in Devon in 1989. Here we see 31455+31403 at Kingskerswell with the 1M65 on the 1537 Saturdays Paignton-Liverpool 5th August 1989 Copyright Ron Kosys The first pair returned with 1M65 1537 Paignton to Liverpool 31455 and 31403 are seen here at Kingskerswell
Bristol T M
Staff Training at Truro with the IET
Memories of a near miss.
Phil Hadley’s recent video of a walk along the remains of the Newham branch is very interesting for somebody like myself who can remember it when it was operational. I nearly choked on my tea when my photo of D6322 at Calenick Level Crossing popped up – my first-ever photo of a diesel locomotive and taken 50 years ago on 4th June! I have walked the line a few times in the past myself while it was still in use, usually while pushing my bike towards Penwithers Junction from this level crossing as it was on my cycling route from home to Truro. I never saw a train while doing this, and I don’t recall ever expecting one! I was aware of the line’s existence at a young age as the primary school I attended was located up the hill on the opposite side of Calenick Creek (and still is, only much enlarged since then). My years there - 1958 to 1964 – neatly covered the transition from steam to diesel traction, but whereas the presence of steam trains was very obvious the diesels sneaked past unnoticed. These were not necessarily always Class 22s – while Truro had a Class 08 yard pilot this could also be employed on the branch, as confirmed by the sighting of D4009 crossing the Arch Hill bridge over the A390 on its way back to Truro one morning in 1967.
The 1971 Truro area remodelling involved a simplification of the signalling and during the dismantling of the signals at Penwithers Junction a lamp got away from the workmen and ended up at the foot of the embankment where the Newham branch joined the Falmouth line. I found it lying there and still have it. I also recovered a cast iron sign from a long-abandoned occupation crossing gate not far from Penwithers Junction – since there was no sign of such a crossing on the line itself and little trace of a matching gate on the opposite side I felt it was fair game! Carrying that back along the line to Calenick flattened the saddle bag on my bike, but I got it home and 46 years later I still have that too, showing signs of restoration started in 1978 but never completed. One day…… Shortly after commencing his return walk along the trackbed Phil pauses to look at a gate post with an empty hinge attached – could this be the remains of the gate my sign was attached to? Decades of uncontrolled vegetation make it difficult to be sure but it’s on the right side of the line at around the right location…..
Having already owned up to the unauthorised use of a ganger’s trolley for a last trip along the line just before the rails were torn up, I have one other embarrassing story connected with a now track-less Calenick Level Crossing a few months later. During a visit to Truro station in late June 1972 a typical Cornish drizzle set in. I must have been expecting it as I was wearing a coat (wet Junes are nothing new!) This concerned me a little because whilst there my bike’s rear brake cable failed, so I made a mental note on the return journey to stop short of the top of the hill leading down to the level crossing and walk down. Unfortunately I misjudged the Cornish drizzle’s effect on my remaining brake and sailed over the top too quickly to get off. Rapidly gaining speed down the hill panic got a grip as I realised that using only the front brake would end in disaster and the stone wall at a sharp right in Calenick beyond the level crossing was likely to prove even worse for my sense of wellbeing! There was only one course of action – having cleared the level crossing in a blur (and not in continuous contact with the road) I steered left into a patch of stinging nettles and prayed for sufficient retardation to avoid a wipe-out! Luckily this worked, after a fashion – I hit a hidden rock, bike and rider parted company in mid-air and I landed on my back in the nettles a few yards short of the stone wall! Partly thanks to wearing that coat I suffered only a few bruises and stings but my bike was not so fortunate with a collapsed front wheel and severely bent pedal. Thankfully there were no witnesses to this near-catastrophe and I’ve rarely mentioned it to anybody……….!!
Neil Phillips Thanks for the memory and we're so glad you survived.
For Phil Hadleys video click here Newham Branch Line Pt 1
Roving the Rails
for the IETS 800029
Two at Exeter
Class 31's St Denys area
Mention has been previously made of the Class 31’s that were hired by Wessex Trains in 2003 to operate a round trip from Cardiff to Brighton and back on Fridays only.
The trains involved were the
1O98 1200 Fridays only Cardiff to Brighton
1V96 1700 Fridays only Brighton to Cardiff
And the locos were any two from four
31452 31454 31468 31601
These were owned by Fragonset Railways, a company that provided spot hires to the rail industry.
If I returned home from work in the Channel Islands to Southampton Airport on a Friday and if the weather allowed, I’d take a look at this working.
Unfortunately time restrictions meant that photographic locations would be somewhat limited meaning I had little variation in the photographs I obtained.
The shots clearly illustrate the much clearer skies that were regularly seen over Southampton Water to those seen inland.
Many thanks Ron - glad you paused on your way home from work.
Exeter St Davids