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LNER in S West
Hi Keith, Suspect that Roger will have a few as well. No LNER have not replaced GWR or Cross Country. Cross Country hired two LNER HST sets today and both passed Exminster an hour apart I guess. Many thanks to you David.
Chris Osment suggest that this was taken soon after the closure of the signalbox as there is a point lever and no sign of semaphore signals. Many thanks for that Chris. The box closed 17th December 1967.
At Gwithian? Something to see this weekend.
- and while in the area you could have a look at the remains of the National Explosive Works Railways - the earth works, embankments and cuttings are there for all to see. However watch out for the adders in this hot weather.
The map shows the very extensive narrow gauge system and the terminus of the connecting standard gauge branch from Hayle. With reference to the map the additional letters which have been added refer to locations of various points of interest. These are as follows - (A) Nitro-glycerine plant supply incline number 1. (B) Nitro-glycerine plant supply incline number 2. (C) Loading shed. (D) Nitrate of soda store (E) Gun Cotton Dries (F) Tunnel The above map is from the 25 to the mile OS map and is reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.
A map showing the approximate route of the standard gauge connecting line between the Explosive Works at Upton Towans and the course of the Hayle Railway. The Hayle Railway had remained in situ along what is now King George V walk.as a siding. From the end of this siding it is assumed that an extension crossed Leathlean Lane and the playing field on a curving embankment raising the branch to a level to cross Brookway and access a bridge at (G) which crosses a stream. The ironwork of this bridge still remains behind modern housing alongside Brookway.
The road exiting this map at the top right hand corner is the B3301. For the best access to the old railway drive onto Gwithian Towans and park at the entrance. Walk over the dunes to the west and you are in the works. More details in our Industrial Railways and Tramways section.
An amazing view from the top
This was before drone cameras and some fifteen years before I was employed at Inter City House. On this occasion I blagged my way in, took the lift to one of the higher floors and grabbed a shot. It was 50050 on the 10.00 Paignton - Plymouth on the 9th September 1983.
Regards, CliveSmith. Well done - an incredible view.
The Late John Cornelius
Two 'Gems' from Mike
A marvellous view of Mutley tunnel without that awful car park that was planted above its mouth. One problem solved but what a blot on the landscape,
Another fascinating view taken 60 years ago. How grateful we must be to Mike for capturing this everyday scene, note the children playing in quite a dangerous spot, note the clothes of the 50', not forgetting the cars - this is a rare railway photograph. Many thanks indeed Mike for both these treasurers.
47533 passes the semaphores east of Exeter St Davids' Red Cow Crossing with the 11.51 Leeds - Paignton on the 2nd July 1983. Note at the back of the train where it looks like two Derby Research Test Centre red and blue liveried coaches, a Mk1 half brake and what appears to be a Mk3.No idea why these would be conveyed.
Regards, Clive Smith. Many thanks Clive.
Depicted on the posters above is an invitation to visit 'The Age of Steam' at Crowlas. A long gone attraction close by the A30 just past the village going towards Penzance. The site of the little line is now the inevitable housing estate.
Taken just over 40 years ago - the lady will have grey hair by now and the children will of course be fully grown up - I wonder where they are and indeed wonder what happened to the locomotive, the coaches and the track? Anybody know?
According to a website two of the steam engines survive today at The Royal Victoria Railway near Southampton.
Memories HSTs at Penzance
In the next month or so the remaining 2+4 car HSTs will be named in the Castle Class series. Seeing that a list of 24 power cars is to be named Its only fitting to record the present fleet both carrying names and not before the change over. According to reports the Great Western Depot at Laira has the new nameplates.
August Peak Weeks
The high season 8 weeks has provided carnage on the roads, with the new station facilities at St Erth also doing a bouncing trade. The double DMUs on the branch often standing room only as the shuttles pass the box.
I guess Summer Saturdays don't stir the senses as they did years ago, but we are still essentially moving people around.
Cheers for now, Craig. Many thanks Craig. A smashing bumper bundle for a very busy months on the roads where there are traffic jams everywhere.
Please find attached a shot from a hot 28th August 2011 that you might be able to use.
Chris Harvey, Bodmin.
Many thanks Chris. A nice spot unhindered by passing road traffic. Lush green grass and not much of an autumn tint on the trees.
David T. tries a new spot at
I tried a new location for the return Torbay Express, 1650 Kingswear to Bristol (Temple Meads). 60009 'Union of South Africa' crosses the River Exe Flood Relief Channel. Many thanks David.
On a dull day 50008 pulls out of Plymouth station passing the old disused signal box on the 23rd January 1982 with the 11.15 Plymouth to Manchester Piccadilly. This loco made a triumphant return to passenger work after 28 years on the 27th July 2019 with the 'Return Of Thunder Vac' charter from Derby to Carlisle. Copyright Clive Smith.
Many thanks Clive.
Lil Davy's Bridge
Wednesday the 7th August was my last chance of the week for a ride out and although there was a heavy shower in Marsh Barton while I was in my truck collecting bits, the day turned out very nicely. I rode out to Stoke Canon and then through Killerton, Clyst Hydon and Payhembury along empty lanes with wonderful views to Sidmouth Junction, whence I followed the Southern back to town, clocking 43 miles.
Many thanks Colin.
- but the question is 'Who was Lil Davy'?
Looking down the line from the platform at Whimple, Exeter and the high ground beyond appear out of the haze. Both main lines climb from near sea level in Exeter. The Western skirts the Blackdowns at Whiteball, while the Southern clips the hill range at Honiton; both reach about 400 feet. The Teign Valley Branch reached just short of this in five miles. 7th August 2019. Copyright Colin Burges.
Memories of Saltash
A report on the Imberbus Specials kindly supplied by Guy Vincent - many thanks Guy.
Warminster station was overwhelmed today by a large influx of visitors who came from far and wide for the annual 'Imberbus' event which sees a large fleet of classic red London buses running a shuttle service to the abandoned village of Imber on Salisbury Plain. UK Railtours ran a special train from Waterloo for this event, formed of preserved class 33 D6515 (33012), the 'London Transport' 4-TC set and class 73 73107. I was unable to see the outward run and sadly 'proper' photography of the return train was near impossible due to the sheer numbers on the platforms and footbridge but I did manage to grab a few shots of the 1Z84 1704 departure for Waterloo. Of course, until May 1988 33012 was a regular visitor here when it made calls on the Portsmouth-Cardiff loco-hauled 'Table 132' services. To show how much has changed I've added a scan of sister 'Crompton' 33013 arriving on the 1007 Bristol-Portsmouth service on 7th May 1987. Note the lack of vegetation and the former Geest banana ripening and distribution warehouse on the right. This was built in 1959-60, was rail-connected and received deliveries from Barry and Avonmouth until the early 1970s. The factory closed in the late 1980s and was demolished to be replaced by a modern housing estate.
Guys detailed reports make fascinating reading - Many thanks.
For more information on the lost village of Imber please click below:-
and for more details of the imberbus service please click below.
I send a picture of Warship class no. D819 ‘Goliath’ at Penzance. I have no date but it was built in April 1960 and still looks shiny and clean so maybe it was soon after.
All the best, Michael Many thanks Michael - a golden oldie.
Platform 3 refurbishment
Peter writes - I don't think that the recent refurbishment of Platform 3 at Liskeard station has featured on the site. The splendid team at the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership have made an excellent display of posters through the ages in the waiting area of the branch platform.
My photos show the overall effect and a close up of each of the posters, covering a different period in the line's history. They are designed to complement the interactive App that allows visitors to watch and listen as the posters come to life and also to hear a personal commentary as trains proceed down the branch to Looe. For more information, visit Looerailheritage.com or visit the information rooms at Liskeard and Looe stations, which are manned by volunteers on weekday mornings during the summer. (nb not covered on Thursday and Saturday mornings at the moment, due to a shortage of volunteers).
Best wishes, Peter Many thanks Peter - well worth recording
On holiday, or local this looks like well worth seeing.
Just a brief note to attach details of my exhibition of photos over the Bank Holiday Weekend. Whilst it is not railway related, it may be of interest.
All the best, Phil Hadley
This is further to an appeal published a couple of days ago - As archivist for the Maunsell Locomotive Society, I am always on the lookout for any photographs, spotting notes, daily duty allocation records, in fact records of any kind relating to the 5 engines the Society owns : S15 30847, V 30928 'Stowe', Us 31618/31638 and Q 30541.These records are entered into an extensive diary I am trying to compile of the pre-preservation working lives of these engines. Any assistance from CRS members would be very much appreciated and I'm happy to cover any reasonable costs incurred, particularly for photographs. Please contact me for any specific data such as dates in service and locations should this help when searching your records.
My contact details are: 13 Laburnum Crescent, Crewkerne, Somerset TA18 7BS Tel No 01460 76897
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Many thanks in advance,
A second helping of recent shots for CRS
Although the weather has been somewhat 'indifferent' this week, find 5 shots enclosed of what is now our staple GWR 'diet' regarding non Unit traction in Cornwall captured on a couple of Jolly's this week around and about Cornwall
All the Best, Andrew. Many thanks Andrew - glad you had a good holiday.
The Launceston Steam Railway Gala
featuring the Darjeeling Locomotive and others
Photographs by Roger Salter and Roger Winnen
For more photographs of the Launceston Steam Gala Click here and go to item 1925.
Celebrity Syphon at
Yesterday morning - 15th August 2019. BR Green 37057 at Westbury today providing traction for a bi-annual visit of the Structure Gauging and Ultrasonic Test Train to the Weymouth line today. This followed a trip over the same route yesterday by the two Colas class 67s (67023 & 67027) on the ''Plain Line Pattern Recognition'' test train.
Cheers for now. Guy Vincent.
Later in the day Guy had moved to Melksham - see below. Many thanks Guy.
Very rare traffic through
GBRF 66's 66722 'Sir Edward Watkin' and 66725 'Sunderland' double-heading a military train loaded with army vehicles passing through Melksham on the single track 'Trans Wilts' line between Chippenham and Trowbridge. This rare working was a special 0138 Carlisle Network Yard-Warminster Beechgrove Sidings (6V64) and it arrived at it's destination at 1540.
With best regards, Guy Vincent. Very many thanks to you Guy.
Colas Rail Freight class 70 sits in the shed at Tavistock Junction, this view was taken on 13th February 2018 and see's 70808 at Tavi for an exam, unfortunately Colas Rail Freight has pulled out of Tavistock Junction and class 70's will no longer visit for maintenance. The Colas portacabin office has now been removed and the old derelict former EWS mess block demolished. All the best, Alan Peters. Many thanks Alan
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