All the Best, Andrew
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Sunny St Ives
Afternoon Keith, Four shots from yesterday (7th August) for CRS, while walking the St Ives Coastal walk to Lelant, featuring one of the two remaining FGW Blue liveried Class 150/2s no 150219, working the days services with 150266 on a glorious summers day,
All the Best, Andrew
While others, well the locals, worry about 'Safe Distancing' at packed St Ives, and on the trains, Andrew takes a safe solitary ramble along the branch. Many thanks Andrew.
Many thanks Paul.
The late Adrian Hoblyn
Many thanks to Trevor for this item from the collection of The late Adrian Hoblyn.
Many thanks Paul.
Many thanks to John who has sent us the following link to some very exciting proposed developments. Lets hope these proposals, dreams for many years, come to fruition.
The new proposals include reopening the former Southern main line between Exeter, Okehampton and Plymouth, redoubling the Southern route between Salisbury and Exeter and restoring passenger services to Minehead, Padstow and Fowey.
Last night at
Up late Paul - many thanks.
What I believe one might call a 'classic' study. This young enthusiast must be about 35 years old now. I wonder if by any chance he'll see this! N.B. oxford is slightly off our area but we'll be going there soon with a section on Didcot to Oxford.
Before the remodelling.
In the last of his holiday 2013 pictures Andrew spent some time at St Erth.
Many thanks Andrew.
Test Train to Liskeard
Last night a test train ran into Cornwall as far as Liskeard. It was due to run to Penzance the previous night but was cancelled due to crew shortages. It was top and tailed with 37219 and 37610. Copyright Mark Lynam
The last Fuel Train seen at Hayle
25th October 2013
Andrew Thompson & Laurence Hansford
Many thanks to Andrew Thompson and Laurence Hansford
Safe for another two years
Many thanks to David Tozer who kindly sent in this link-
Is it the 'Last Fuel by Rail'
Andrew Thompson catches an almost unthinkable moment with one of the last deliveries of fuel to power the trains by rail - It comes by road nowadays!!
The last working of the fuel train ran on Friday 25th October 2013 hauled by 66120 much photographed by the Railway Enthusiats at that time
Many thanks Andrew
St Erth & Long Rock
Once again, thanks for your memories Andrew.
Highly recommended video
The video is called ‘Train Time (1952) British Transport Films’ The first few minutes I believe shows Helston Station and mentions the Broccoli train. Over the following 15 minutes, Nancegollen is mentioned as well as a number of closed Cornish stations. Although the dialogue is slightly old fashioned its well worth watching. The quality of the pictures is, as expected, excellent. The link is https://youtu.be/TtAQpU9FvGk
Comment from Roy Hart :- The opening scene is at Nancegollan; this is followed by nice shot of a 'Grange' leaving the yard at Marazion. I well remember these specials, first hauled by Granges and then by Warships. However, I remain confused as to why a train full of cauliflower is called a 'broccoli special'! Roy
Dear CRS, You may possibly be interested in the attached handbill, which was found together with other papers in a 1938 GWR Engines booklet (cover and front page as attached) recently bought from a second-hand bookstall on Cambridge Market. Given that the booklet was apparently in use, as evidenced by dates written alongside loco names and numbers in the booklet's 'Alphabetical Index To Named Engines' (Pages 95 to 106), from August 1938, quite prolifically through the war years and the late Forties, and thereafter intermittently until September 1955, it surely seems remarkable that this SR handbill should have survived without being long-before discarded. The only slight reason for its retention might have been fifteen pencil-written loco names on the reverse, including Pelican and Lady of Lynn - which, according to an entry in the booklet Memorandum, were seen 'on way to Braunton, Devon, 1939 Holiday, August 15th-2nd Sept.' (The day following the end of that holiday being, of course, a most fateful day.)
Regards, Geoffrey Barnes.
A most interesting letter and attachments for which many thanks indeed to you Geoffrey. I, personally, am just Pre WW2, so it of special interest to me - I was one month old.
Another Test Train
Many thanks David.
The English Riviera Express
Paul Barlow David Tozer
Bill Elston & Roger Winnen
On the first Sunday in August 70000 Britannia masquerading as 70022 Tornado hauled the ever popular express from Bristol to Kingswear and return.
Britannia class no 70000 (masquerading as 70022 TORNADO) at Cogload, en route from Bristol to Kingswear. Copyright Bill Elston
Now leaving Taunton passing Fairwater Yd viewed from Silk Mills Bridge, Copyright Bill Elston
Train approaching Norton Fitzwarren with 47805 on the back, viewed from the above bridge . Copyright Bill Elston
Living on borrowed time at Dawlish Warren
The HOBC on the
West of Oath on the Somerset Levels now for the returning HOBC having worked overnight in the Didcot area.
The back of the train is out of view under the brick-built road bridge in the distance. ( my usual vantage point ) Copyright Bill Elston
The rear end with 66588. Copyright Bill Elston
I've just returned from an interesting fortnight in Devon, with the partial completion of the Dawlish sea resilience works making for some interesting debate and the engineering works near Dainton Tunnel providing numerous excellent 'bonus' trains to photograph in the evening sun. As ever, your website kept me up to date with everything I needed to know railway-wise, so keep up the good work! I attach three of my favourite pictures from the fortnight (captions below), while my eldest son Harry, 12, has also put together some video highlights that can be seen at https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=C6VzkvDpqEI Best wishes, Will Kilner, Yorkshire.
Many thanks Will for an interesting collection, well recorded. I particularly like the one of your son, certainly an enthusiast in the making. What will Benjamin see when he returns, say, in 50 years time? Dramatic changes no doubt? I also recommend to all the several sequences shown on the Youtube link. In these sequences there is one showing the changes in the view of trains somewhat reduced due to the new sea wall. Glad you had such a good holiday.
East of Swindon
Many thanks Ken.
Saphos Scarborough Special
Yesterday (31st July) Saphos Trains ran an all-day excursion train from Westbury to Scarborough. 'The Yorkshire Coast Statesman' ran as 1Z32 0535 Westbury-Scarborough (arr 1317) returning as 1Z33 1620 Scarborough-Westbury. The train was double-headed throughout by the two green Saphos class 47s that have been active in the West Country recently. I captured 47501 (D1944) and 47805 (D1935) at Westbury just after midnight this morning (1st August) as they were awaiting departure for Bristol Temple Meads with the 5Z34 empty stock working. Despite the pristine condition of the two locos they were observed later in the day undergoing hand-cleaning at Bristol Barton Hill prior to the next duty for one of the pair, back-up for tomorrow's English Riviera Express. Regards Guy Vincent.
Many thanks Guy, sorry for the delay.
Dear Keith, The Plymouth pictures from Mike Roach are fascinating: this is Derry's Cross, at one end of Royal Parade, the focal point of Abercrombie's plan for the postwar reconstruction of Plymouth. Prewar, Derry's Cross had been a focus of the city tram network. Bottom left is Derry's clock tower, which had been in the centre of the street prewar. Top left is Westward TV studios: they began broadcasting in April 1961, following a touring publicity train hauled by 'City of Truro'. The isolated surviving picture at centre is the Civil Defence building. Roy
This very much appreciated note on the above pictures arrived from Roy Hart in Rangoon minutes after the views went on line. Many thanks Roy.
As somewhat a tram fan who is too young ever to remember the trams in Plymouth (the last tram ran shortly after World War Two. I, KJ, had hopes that this remaining tramway relic in the centre of the City would be preserved. However sadly it disappeared when the Plymouths New Theatre Royal was constructed in the 1980's. In the background proudly stands the Civic Centre from the top of which fine views of the city can be obtained. KJ.
Many thanks to Mike Roach and Roy Hart.
Also highly recommended is 'The Trams of Plymouth a 73 year story' by Martin Langley and Edwina Small.
An appointment in
A day off work and an appointment in Saltash on a sunny day was an opportunity to make the most of the bright light and blue sky. Regards Clive Smith
Looks like you had a grand appointment - Many thanks to you Clive.
Exe Valley steam at
The late Adrian Hoblyn
Another classic to start off the new month. This is another fine memory from the late Adrian Hoblyn Collection passed on to Trevor Tremethick by Adrian's wife.
Many thanks to you Trevor.
Celebrations of the Centenary of the Plymouth Devonport & South Western Jct Railway at Bere Ferrers June 1990
900603h The large crowd awaits the Renaming of the Signal Box which was moved from Pinhoe on the outshirts of Exeter to Bere Ferrers. However the branch to Gunnislake from St Budeaux is worked by a token which also unlocks the points at Bere Alston to gain acces to Calstock & Gunnislake.. Copyright Roger Winnen
To see a full account of the Celebrations Click Here for the Features Item 2017 July-December 2020
Many thanks Roger.
31st July 2020
Sunrise today at
Morning Roger/Keith,A few mobile shots for CRS, early doors at 06.30 as the sun appeared over Longrock DepotAll the BestAndrew 1. Defective 57604 with 08645 in the yard2. 57604 having failed on 29.7.2020, leading to an IET Night Riviera substitution on 1A503. GTi and IETs awaiting the days duties4. The Depot from Longrock Beach
Regards Andrew Triggs.
Many thanks to Andrew our early bird!
At Barton Hill
Please see pictures attached of 70000 'Britannia' masquerading as scrapped sister 'Brit' 70022 'Tornado' on Barton Hill, Bristol this morning, also class 47 or 'Brush 4' D1944 (47501) 'Craftsman'. How many linesiders were 'thrown' by a second 'Tornado' I wonder? Regards Guy Vincent
Many thanks Guy, nice shots within the depot.
Creech & Bathpool
Another busy day at Cogload and then on to Bathpool Hyde crossing. First, 70809 on Newton Abbot to Carlisle log carriers; 70812 on cement empties, then 66953 on the daily trip working from Westbury to Fairwater yd. On to Bathpool 43170, with 43187 1420 Taunton – Cardiff and 57603 on ecs sleeper stock. Best regards Bill
Many thanks Bill for your almost daily watch on the metals in your area - your reports are much appreciated by one and all.