66152 in DB Schenker red livery brightens up the scene, hauling clay in Cornwall. Photographs by Ron Westwater
Hi Keith The track testing train left Truro today at 05.45am and then returned to Plymouth via St Erth, St Ives and Penzance.
Photo attached 07.34am 25th September 2014 Mick Many thanks Mick. See the earlier entry concerning the arrival of the unit at Truro.
Its 07.34 on the 25th September 2014 as the track testing train returns towards Plymouth passing Hallenbeagle Engine house having visited the St Ives branch and Penzance. A smashing early morning picture as the rising sun illuminates the engine house and the train. The land just visible to the the right ahead of the train is the recently levelled and cleared land at the site of Wheal Busy Crossing. Copyright Mick House
The Moseley Toy and Industrial Train Museum, Tumblydown, Tolgus Mount, Redruth. Report of the Heritage Day Event by Roger Winnen
Visiting this museum a couple of weeks ago was a very interesting experience, riding behind former locomotives which worked in the local Cornish Tin Mines, engines of a type that saw service in France during the First World War, together with a replica of Smelter of the Redruth & Chasewater Railway and The Murdoch Flyer.
The fantastic collection of Model Railways from TT Gauge upwards and the extensive layouts created an atmosphere for young and old alike.
Large scale creations from Meccano Sets were on display throughout this museum, a fascination going back in time.
The Museum is open throughout the year by appointment, or just turn up on one of the running days. Entry is free on operating days, with donations going towards the upkeep of the museum.
For further details contact Mr Colin Saxton 01209 211191
The photographs on this website are by kind permission of Mr Colin Saxton.
Mike wrote in to remind us that -'September 25th 2014 is the 99th. anniversary of the closure of the Redruth & Chasewater Railway. On that day in 1915 the locomotive Miner hauled the last train down to Devoran'. So ended the life of Cornwall's first true railway. Perhaps we'll do something to celebrate the 100 years.
Mike a model railway enthusiast has delighted us at members evenings with stories based on dioramas featuring 'O' and 'OO' gauge railway stock. Unfortunately he hasn't any for the R & C but the mines in the background give a clue as to what was the lifeblood of the R & C . It was the steady demise of the mines which led to the closure of the railway.
Today at Truro Track Recording Unit 950001 arrived at 12.47 24th September 2014, I have attached two photos.
Regards Mick Many thanks Mick
Below is a picture from the collection of the late Reg Loze, a former member of the Cornwall Railway Society and also a West Briton reporter which would explain his presence at this location in Truro station. Many thanks to Pat Loze for sending in this picture from the album of Reg Loze thought to have been taken by him. Photo Album.
Here are today's pictures, the Golant one may be very similar to Mr Winnen's as he was with us. The other shot is near Burngullow.
6P24 Parkandillack to Fowey os pictured on the Parkandillack branch and at Golant on the Fowey line headed by DBS liveried 66152. Regards Craig Apologies for the title but Craigs pictures arrived just after 'Shut down' for the night. They look just as good today. Many thanks.
After passing through Hayle on Sunday it was noticed that tree felling had commenced around the viaduct. Catching an early morning bus to Hayle on Monday morning I was able to photograph the down Night Riviera crossing the viaduct and afterwards viewing the viaduct from The Plantation Bridge at the west end of this structure. Major work is due to commence during November in the redecking of this 36 pier viaduct, with scaffolding now being erected. Visiting the scene two weeks ago it was impossible to take a photo, however that has now changed. Stopping off on route at St Erth I noticed the chaos of no trains running to St Ives, lorries off loading ballast, 3 within 15 minutes and Stobart Rail Equipment in Platform 4 for the track renewals of the branch. Golant was visited in the late afternoon where 66152 was seen hauling the Parkindillack-Fowey Clay.
Some difficulties with running trains in West Cornwall today.
The St. Ives branch reopened hours late after overnight permanent way work. The problem was that the relayed track was not giving an acceptable ride quality. The contractors work was rejected until the faults were rectified. This took all morning. It is believed that the first train to carry passengers was the 12.18 St. Erth to St. Ives. For the second half of our day return from Camborne to St. Ives we travelled by Oates 24-seat coach.
Coming back from St. Ives at 15.33 we learnt that there were now problems with the main line after a fatality. Some trains were cancelled between Truro and Penzance. The 16.00 from Penzance to Paddington started at Truro, but left 22L after the bus connection was late arriving. We walked up from St. Erth Station to the A30 and caught a no. 18 bus almost immediately, and arrived home only 5 minutes late.
Regards Mike Many thanks Mike
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