Exeter St Thomas
Exeter (St Thomas). Rail Operations Group Class 37 37611 'Pegasus' with the 0559 5V84 Castle Donnington - Laira with a pair of barrier coaches. Dave. Many thanks.
St Blazey Signal box
Severe delays to trains in Cornwall on Tuesday evening as the 12.30 Paddington Penzance fails at St Erth
The 12.30 Paddington to Penzance with 43088 & 43030 due 18.30 was 65 late at Camborne and eventually failed at St Erth, being rescued by 576xx the Night Riviera engine. This train eventually arrived at Penzance 21.30hrs 180 mins late
The 19.16 Penzance to Plymouth service was cancelled.
The 13.27 Paddington to Penzance due at 19.32 arrived 21.42 130 mins late.
The 17.55 Plymouth Penzance local service due 19.51 arrived Penzance 21.54 running 123 mins late.
The 14.34 Paddington Penzance service due 20.40 arrived Penzance 22.09 running 89 mins late.
The 11.35 Cross Country Newcastle Penzance service was terminated at Truro
The 15.27 Paddington Penzance service due 21.29 arrived Penzance 22.49 running 80 mins late.
The 12.34 Newcastle Penzance service due at 21.43 arrived Penzance 23.05 82 mins late.
The 21.45 Night Riviera from Penzance to Paddington departed 23.07 running 82 mins late.
The 16.03 Paddington Penzance service due 22.25 arrived Penzance 23.18 running 53 mins late
The 22.10 Penzance to Plymouth Cross Country service Started from Truro to Plymouth.
The 17.03 Paddington Penzance service due at 23.10 arrived Penzance 23.40 running 30 mins late.
Train tickets were also valid on First Kernow Buses
I would think that from this information not many people had a smile on their faces last night.
Compiled from information on realtime trains by Roger Winnen
Weston Mill Viaduct
50026 Indomitable crosses Weston Mill Viaduct to the north of Keyham station with the 14.48 Penzance to Paddington relief train on the 4th April 1983. A tarmacked footpath with railings leading to the bridge. It then continued over the bridge albeit with wooden boards of varying structural integrity as the surface. The viaduct gained the name from locals of 'Shakey bridge' due to the disconcerting shaking on the bridge and the adjoining footpath. The bridge was closed in the 1990's for security when the land beneath became part of the Naval Base. It was then removed when the bridge was refurbished and repainted between 2008 and 2010. The Bull Point branch can be see in the distance running behind the trees. Some excellent recent pictures of Weston Mill can be seen in the Cornwall Galleries section St Germans to Plymouth.
Clive Smith Many thanks indeed Clive.
Long Rock Shed Penzance 22nd June 1975
Michael Forward & Roger Winnen
After receiving Michael Forwards picture of Long Rock Depot I check my photographic books to find that I also visited the depot during that day. Roger Winnen
Dear Keith, Taking in almost certainly one of the last summer Saturdays of regular H.S.T. working over the Newquay Branch, possibly the last of through Londons altogether, I had an easy day and just wandered around town. An interesting development is the harbour tunnel now opened as a shop. The lads kindly let me take some shots.
We had an official visit to the tunnel on the 13th September 1980 when the owners of the Aquarium which then occupied the tunnel allowed us through a door at the back onto, I recall, a sandy rubble slope which quickly diminished as the 'infill' reach the top of the tunnel. I think we probably went even further than Colin. KJ
If you would like to follow the route of the Harbour Tramway from Newquay Station with the aid of a 6" map courtesy the National Library of Scotland please click below.:- (you may pan and zoom as you wish)
The 80 yard tunnel was opened in November 1849 and ceased to be used on closure of the tramway in 1926. According to the records of the late Mr. C.R. Clinker who reports that coal and clay traffic last carried in 1921, only fish being carried until closure. The track through the town being removed in 1928.
The tramways route through the town remains as part of the SW Coast path and can be traced from just opposite the railway station westwards through a cutting - the pathway has been attractively paved with bricks and a representation of the tramway tracks is provided by different colour bricks. This section passes under a bridge which carries the appropriately named 'Bridge road' over the route.
Further pictures of the incline and winding house are available at the very end of our Par to Newquay coverage.
Par - Change for Newquay
A memorable visit by the CRS to the Plym Valley Railway
Looking at the weather forecast for Sunday showing heavy rain and blustery winds throughout the day made me wonder if anyone would turn up! However by Redruth we had a 'Gang of Four' on board the 09.47 from Penzance, from places like Four Lanes, Lanner, Helston & Penzance, notably Kevin Salisbury, Eric Dowsen, Gavin Mason and myself.
On arrival at Plymouth we caught the 12.05 Yellow Flash service from Plymouth Station to Marsh Mills and returning after a three hour stay via the City Centre to the Railway Station.
Despite the rain during most of the day we were made most welcome at the Plym Valley Railway! We wish them well.
Please attached photos taken at the site of the former Portbury Station taken on 12th November 2015. These were taken 10 months after work had been undertaken to clear the trackbed and lineside of vegetation, to enable a full topgraphical survey of the line as part of the study into reopening the branch to Portishead.
Will it ever re-open - one hopes so. Many thanks David.
You will find a visit to Google Earth to follow the metals in this area most interesting. The corner of a very large surfaced 'car park' containing literally hundreds of vehicles can be seen adjacent to the station site.
Also try the link below concerning latest developments in re-opening the line. At the start of this article there is a very interesting picture of the 'point' of severance, where the Portbury Docks line leaves the currently dormant track heading towards Portishead.
Real Ale Festival
South Devon Rly
Yesterday I took a trip to the South Devon Railway to partake in their bank holiday ale festival and had the pleasure of meeting Roger Winnen on the train from Saltash to Totnes, as he was on his way to the Paignton & Dartmouth Railway.
Looks like we definitely picked the right day for it as the weather's taken a definite turn for the worse today!
Attached are some shots from the day - not my best compositions, I feel the refreshments on offer may have had some influence! However, if you feel they are of use then by all means please include them on the site, certainly won't be offended if you decide not to though :)
All the best, Ross. Many thanks for four super pictures.
Dartmouth Sta. Refurbished
Dartmouth Station as we know is famed as the station with no trains. Previously 'The Station Restaurant' for many years and known for fish chips and cream teas, it reopened this summer as 'The Platform 1 Champagne Bar and Restaurant' specialising in seafood. Whether the change is for the better readers may wish to check a well known website specialising in advising trips. My attention however was drawn to the very classy outside tables and benches that were delivered and set up this morning . A very nice touch by the owners I think. Interested parties can check out the following link but don't expect much change from £500 an item.
Regards, Clive Smith
Many thanks the above Clive, I recommend that everybody checks out the link. I found the contents very interesting indeed. The products do look first class.
Clifton Bridge Sta
Over the last couple of weeks Freightliner Heavy Haul have been running an evening service from East Usk Yard in South Wales, along the Portbury Branch to Portbury Coal Terminal near Bristol.
Noting you don't have many recent photos of trains operating on the branch, I thought I would send you these of Freightliner's 66549 passing the site of the former Clifton Bridge station on 425X East Usk Yard to Portbury Coal Terminal at 1824 on 24th August 2018.
It was raining heavily at the time, which shows how our railways continue their work, come rain or shine, in some pretty dismal conditions.
I hope they are of interest to your members.
Regards, Dave Field Most certainly of great interest.
Hope you didn't get too wet, many thanks to you David
Remembering Sid Sponheimer-
About a year ago now the website lost a valuable supporter in Sid Sponheimer. Sid left in the care of the CRS about twelve shoeboxes full of his photographs. Roger Winnen has taken care of the railway element but what to do with the not inconsiderable bus and lorry collection was a problem.
However this has been solved by Robert Crawley manager of the West Country Historic Omnibus and Transport Trust. The WHOTT have a museum not far from Tiverton, it is pleasing to know that Sids collecuon is in appreciative hands. Many thanks to you Robert.
You will find details of the WHOTT on
Robert Crawley writes.
Ever heard of James or Jim Varcoe?
In a letter to me Robert of the WHOTT asks -
I must also ask you if you have ever heard of a man in Cornwall called James (or Jim) Varcoe? He was a
prolific photographer of transport subjects but his vocation was with the Camborne School of Mines. He emigrated to Australia before the war and returned home to retire somewhere in the St Keyne area. He would almost certainly be dead now but I have often wondered what became of his collection of photos which must have been taken at a very interesting time. In my attempt to track him down I met the head of the Varcoe tribe living in St Dennis. All Varcoe's in the phone book seem to live within twenty miles of there! It
was from there I was directed to St Keyne but then the trail went cold.
Kind regards, Robert. Does anybody know of him please?
Variety in Devon
West Somerset Minerals Rly
Little was known about the remains of the W.S.M.R. by us down in the far west. However, a few weeks ago, knowing Robert was from the area being a keen volunteer on the West Somerset Railway, I asked if he could see what can be seen. As we can see from the ever growing collection we have he is doing us proud. Today we look at the site of the Naked Boys bridge - a curious name, if ever there was one - and also at the remains of the Raleigh's Cross mine to which there was a railway connection from the top of the Comberow Incline. Many thanks Robert
A look at the 25" map available courtesy of the National Library Scotland is available via the link below. You will see detail of the line of the incline and the location of the bridge and also Raleigh's Cross mine but no sign of the railway which served it. A narrow gauge tramway was built by the later mining syndicate from the top of the incline along the road past the then closed Raleigh’s Cross Mine, for about 2 miles, whence it went across the fields, down another incline to Colton Mines. Again no trace on the map.
Looking through the gate (this is all private land), the stores in the previous photo is just to the left. Beyond the stable can be seen the embankment of the railway curving to the left. The line curved through nearly 90 degrees here to run along the top of the Brendon Hills to Gupworthy. Straight ahead and through the trees to the right of the photo is a small rock cutting followed by the top of the double track incline. The spur to Raleigh’s Cross Mine went off to the right. There also used to be a siding here serving the stores. 22nd August 2018 copyright Robert Lindley
Northern on the Southern
or is it Western?
The heading is a bit of a poser!! Thanks David. I actually meant the title of the item, but as Roy Hart kindly points out the train is actually heading east!! KJ
Thanks Jacob - nice with the tide up.
An Important announcement
The Plymouth Bus Rally on August 25th & 26th 2018 has been cancelled
Hi Keith, A colourful arrival in the Duchy in the form of 66020 on the overnight down Bescot JIA service. The loco visited Par Harbour on 22nd and Treviscoe on 23rd, where the loco was pictured. It was a humid day with spells of sunshine, a far cry from the recent heatwave.
Other images from St Blazey on the same day.
All the best, Craig. Many thanks Craig - a flourish of colour.
City of Truro
Long Rock Yesterday
Through the lens of
Andrew Triggs & Roger Salter
Apologies for the Temporary Outage
Due to a misunderstanding on my part the Domain Section of the website turned off and as a consequence the website has been down for nearly a day. I, KJ, am merely the secretary to the website and do not understand the technical details - it is through the efforts of our son Peter who spent many frustrating hours when he had many other more important things to do that we are back 'on line'. So many thanks indeed to Peter Jenkin. K.J.
Past and Present
As the six month countdown begins for the end of HSTs on the Londons I took the opportunity to record their crossing of the Royal Albert Bridge from the Devon side; a location I had not visited for 35 years to take pictures. The grey iconic bridge was brighter than the grey skies and the even greyer Tamar as the sun remained resolutely hidden behind clouds, a far cry from a few weeks back. At least the two services produced 'FGW Dynamic Lines' liveried examples to brighten the scene. I suspect the IETs would look quite striking in this livery.
How the location has changed since 1983. Trees have obviously grown but so too have the properties opposite St Budeaux Junction box with new builds and large extensions proliferating, a reflection of the property boom and stunning views. The Tamar Road bridge itself has changed since 2001 with widening and strengthening with extra lanes added. The 1983 trackside view of the two bridges from the bridge lower car park is now difficult to obtain with a major redevelopment of the bridge offices currently taking place. Car parking is temporarily severely restricted.
Regards, Clive Smith Many thanks indeed Clive.
Par Signal Box
Penzance-Long Rock (viewed from the train) and St Erth on 22nd August 2018
Owing to the inclement weather I decided on a Day Return at £2.10 to St Erth hoping to capture the scene at Long Rock following Mondays derailment. Soon we won't be able to photo through the drop down door window,
IET Diary for 21st August
Many thanks to Mike hunt on the following update and correction to yesterdays events. Many thanks Mike.
An earlier gander at your website revealed the photo montage by Roger Salter and Roger Winnen in respect of the problems at Long Rock depot this morning. (21st August 2018)
Your site also stated that the I.E.T. units (800017/029) which formed today’s 1C04 service out of London Paddington then failed and were replaced by an HST set at Bristol Temple Meads.
In fact, my ‘spy’ at GWR advises me that there was nothing wrong with these I.E.T. units! The HST set that worked 1C04 forward from Bristol Temple Meads to Penzance was standing spare at St Philip’s Marsh HSTD before being requisitioned for 1C04! Passengers were transferred to the HST at Bristol Temple Meads. The I.E.T’s then worked e.c.s. as 5L46 to Bristol Parkway. Their diagram below, courtesy of our SW-SWRG gen group. The two I.E.T’s were then used to form the 10:33 off Bristol Parkway to London Paddington (nominally the 09:55 ex-Cardiff Central). The latter was cancelled between Cardiff Central and Bristol Parkway. My contact does not currently know why the 800’s were sent out vice the 802’s, and the fact that the 800’s have smaller fuel tanks than the 802’s *might* be a factor in what developed, as it would clearly affect their range in respect of Penzance diagrams.
In either case it was not a good experience for many passengers on that service.
All best wishes from Mike Hunt, and I hope this throws a bit more light on today’s events.
The actual diagram for 800017 800029
1C04 07:30 Paddington to Bristol TM
5L46 09:25 Bristol TM to Bristol Parkway
1L46 10:33 Bristol Parkway to Paddington
1C14 12:30 Paddington to Bristol TM
1A22 15:00 Bristol TM to Paddington
1B63 17:15 Paddington to Carmarthen
Once again many thanks Mike