Hi Keith I'm not sure if you would like to put this on the site Just pick up this one from Henry Orchard from one of the now scrap cda from St Blazey yard.£50 all going to a good cause all going to Fowey life boat. If anyone interested call Henry Orchard tel 01726850507 - Regards Richard Bohill
Hope you are keeping well and by the looks on the weather we are getting all that rain you've just had !
I know from reading your website how disappointing it was for you all regarding the A4's breakdown recently at Newton Abbott. So I hope you can use these two photographs taken at Teignmouth that day by a good friend of mine, Nathan John who had driven down (and back) from South Wales with his parents especially to see the locomotive. Cheers Adrian King Many thanks to Adrian and to our new contributor Nathan John
An interlude at Lostwithiel with 37s on the clays. Michael Forward All photographs taken on 20th September, 1989
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I would just like to draw your attention to the following piece of film on the British Film Institute website.
Filmed by Mitchell and Kenyon reputedly in 1901 it shows a fascinating journey from The Royal Albert Bridge through St Budeaux and Keyham showing various works and the replacement of the original Weston Mill Viaduct.
Hopefully if not seen before this will be of interest to you and your members.
Many thanks for your continued efforts on your excellent website.
Regards Mr J Gough Many thanks to you Jon,
A superb piece of film - full of surprises. A delightful view of an electric tram scurrying over the bridge just west of Keyham - it was on its way towards the terminus by the Saltash ferry below the RAB. The excerpt finishes just as you are expecting to see Ford Platform, however you don't as it was taken three years before the platform opened. You'll want to watch it several times over.
In 1986 Ford Viaduct on the old Southern roue into Plymouth was demolished, a process which the contractors found harder than expected as much of the infill was in concrete rather than waste. In retrospect, in these days of cycle and walkways it is a shame that the viaduct and other bridges on this route were removed. It would have formed a handy pedestrian come cycleway from the centre of Plymouth to the east bank of the Tamar. The reduction of the double track Southern line to single from St Budeaux onwards would have provided a path for this route. Ah well - too late now, but a shame.
The news of my birthday this year seemed to have leaked out around Cornwall and beyond, many thanks to all those who have sent their best wishes which was most appreciated. After a gloomy weather forecast on Friday for the weekend I decided to give the Dawlish Airshow a go, if bad weather persisted I would let the train take the strain. Setting off at 06.50 from Penzance the rain was heavy throughout Cornwall until Liskeard where it started to dry up and remained so throughout to Dawlish where is was brilliant sunshine. Being non stop to Exeter the weather at Exeter was the complete opposite, so after a short while I returned to Dawlish on one of the special services to and from Newton Abbot. That day a total of 49 trains stopped at Dawlish going east and 51 trains going west. My only regrets that I never had a telephoto lens with me to zoom into the aircraft.
150822d Some of the early flying at Dawlish as the 13.07 Paignton to Paddington heads towards Dawlish Warren. The flying at Dawlish is mostly over the bay therefore lessen the risk factor of an aeroplane coming down on a populated area. Our deepest sympathy must go out to the family and friends of those tragically killed in the Shoreham on Sea Airshow the same afternoon. Copyright Roger Winnen
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750621a A hazy photograph of D1064 Western Regent gathering speed approaching Long Rock level crossing on 21st June, 1975. Note the Railway Houses built in the 1930s by the Great Western Railway, Chy an Mor in the background, still standing today, sold privately at knock down prices to their occupants many years ago. Copyright Michael Forward
750618c A Swindon built Cross Country 3 car unit 51586 leading, coming down towards Lelant with the 4pm from St Ives. These units of the third batch of the 120 class were built in 1961 with 4 character headcode panals and oval buffers, all operated in the Westcountry. By the mid 1975s the headcodes were not being used as such, possibly that's the reason for their removal or perhaps accident damage, Copyright Michael Forward
750101a 50004 Built December 1967 alongside the former shunters cabin at Ponsandane, note the former up main which became the entry into the sidings in 1974 following the adoption of the single line to Mexico Crossing. 50004 was named St Vincent in May 1978 and withdrawn in 1990, being cut up at Old Oak Common by Coopers. Copyright Michael Forward
860611aa A fine picture of the former Ponsandane Goods Depot taken on the 11th June, 1986. This depot was built in 1937 when goods services were transferred from the then cramped Penzance Station prior to the rebuilding work. This goods depot was run by National Carriers until it closed in the early 1980s. N Holman & Sons Ltd, Dry Dock owners at Penzance leased the depot in September 1986 for the repair of small M.O.D landing craft. These were brought to Truro by rail and off loaded for road transport to Ponsandane Goods depot as there were no facilities for off loading at the depot. Photographs of the visit of 7029 Clun Castle to Truro on 6th September, 1985 revealed her attached to this landing craft train whilst in Truro Yard. Copyright Michael Forward
This picture from the Adrian King Collection reminds us of the double heading necessary over the Devon banks, note the activity in the steam shed behind. many thanks Adrian
Good morning Keith, In this mornings terrible weather, rain coming down like stair-rods. 57602 Restormel Castle stands in Truro only 3 min down with the sleeper 1C99 from Paddington. Along side is the tail end of the Voyager forming 1S43 to Glasgow. Regards Roger Aston
Many thanks Roger
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