Thanks, Mark Lynam. Many thanks for four superb pictures of a turbulent sea in perfect sunlight - congratulations.
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Rough seas & sunshine at
On Friday 20th September 2019 I set off early to head to Dawlish with perfect conditions, the sun was shining, tide was in and a strong Easterly wind meaning big waves!
Thanks, Mark Lynam. Many thanks for four superb pictures of a turbulent sea in perfect sunlight - congratulations.
The date is the 16th March 1985. Amidst the snowy slopes of Dartmoor, 50007 Sir Edward Elgar heads away from Okehampton seen at Fatherford with the 17.20 Meldon Quarry - Paddington 'Decennial Belle' . This scene has been utterly transformed by the construction of the A30 Okehampton Bypass which was started in 1986 and completed in 1988. Copyright Clive Smith.
Many thanks Clive for another stunning and memorable picture.
It's 11.43 on the 21st September 2019 as we see, on a bright sunny day, two trains passing at Maiden Newton. The train on the right running in is the 11.39 to Weymouth and the train on the left is the 11.41 to Bristol TempleMeads. Copyright Chris Osment. N.B. The Bridport branch platform was on the left - this fell into disuse on the closure of the Bridport branch on the 5th May 1975.
Bristol Temple Meads
Many thanks for your Bristol Interlude Martin.
- Two more of bicycle rambles chasing railway relic and memories of the past. (1) Eggesford to Lapford and (2) The Teign and Wray Valleys. These can be found by clicking here a scrolling down - a very long way down indeed!
Pick of the Week
66025 worked a first in many years as JIA clay wagons were loaded at Rocks (Goonbarrow). These wagons are usually loaded at Par Harbour & Treviscoe. Maybe this will become a regular working? 66025 has been replaced by red 66055. The loaded wagons are pictured at Middleway. Copyright Craig Munday
19th September 2019 A loco problem saw the usual Moorswater cement skip a day this week. The loaded wagons down Thursday, empties back Fri 20th. The errant loco 70808 remained in the consist from Exeter through to destination, then returned on the rear Friday. It was capable of providing traction, and worked up from Coombe on the Friday with sister loco 70807, the two locomotives are seen crossing the road outside of the old Moorswater Dries.
Copyright Craig Munday
The Ground Control team are busy clearing a 8m lineside strip from St Germans to Onslow (Bodmin). David Groves' team are working West of Liskeard, and have cleared the up line near Moorswater viaduct already as 43093 passes on 20th September. The work reveals a scene of the Glynn valley not seen for years from the footbridge. Copyright Craig Munday
On 20th September 2019 43160 works west still in blue livery, though looking well worn these days on 2C86 Newton Abbot to Penzance at Scorrier. Copyright Craig Munday
The two locos are seen at Treboul near St Germans on 20th September 2019 in top and tail mode. Copyright Craig Munday
Many Thanks Craig
Peter writes:- You may get a number of photos of today's cement empties train from Moorswater, as it featured two Class 70s. It was very rare (perhaps the first time?) that two locos had berthed overnight in Moorswater Lafarge depot. I was there this morning to witness the departure back to Aberthawe. 70808 at the head of the train had suffered engine defects on the journey down, so would have been glad of the assistance of 70807 on the return journey.
Best wishes, Peter. Many thanks for your report Peter.
Up at Torbay
Many thanks Martin - you had a very good day.
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Technical Information Track testing
For those of you who wish to explore further there is some very interesting information on Track Testing Equipment. Many thanks to Paul Roach who has supplied the link provided below.
A plan has been revealed where large areas of land once occupied by Truro Locomotive Sheds will be re-used for a housing development. For details of this you will find the links below of use.
After closure of the Railway Depot this land became a Cornwall Farmers depot.
Not concerned with the housing development but maybe of interest, from the same newspaper type web site:
This view taken by Trevor Tremethick in March 1978 well illustrates the area formerly occupied by the locomotive depot later Cronwall Farmers. As can be seen the depot was located in an excavation set into the hillside. Here we see 50024 (later 'Vanguard') and 50025 (later 'Invincible') working in the snow in Truro Yard. We are very grateful to Trevor Tremethick for his photograph. Copyright.
Many thanks Bill for your update - the details you have given are much appreciated.
Todays cement after yesterdays failure etc
Freight in Cornwall
Many thanks to David Tozer for keeping me posted
Yesterdays cement at
A very warm welcome to the website Willam - nice to have material from further up country. Very unusual to see the cement on route and especially at this location. Many thanks.
Many thanks Chris - a sunny week this week also.
Sixty years ago today
Once again we are greatly indebted to Mike Roach and his camera, his memories, and his notebook too. We wonder what the next milestone will be in his 1959 diary. Many thanks Mike.
A boat train leaves Millbay Docks and is about to cross Millbay Road Level Crossing. This was the second boat train of the day from the French liner Liberte and the train would be heading to Paddington. The time is 8.45am on Friday 18 September 1959 and the locomotives are 7813 Freshford Manor and 5028 Llantilio Castle both of Laira Shed. A short distance behind the photographer is the Duke of Cornwall Hotel which was constructed a few years after the arrival of the railway at Millbay Station and directly opposite the station entrance. Copyright Mike Roach.
A few minutes after taking the previous photograph the photographer was a short distance away in the opposite direction from the Duke of Cornwall taking this picture of The Star Inn in Union Street, which was once owned by Fords Tiverton Ales. Ford's became part of Starkey, Knight and Ford in 1895 which was taken over by Whitbread in 1962. To the right of the Inn is the Palace Theatre. The reason for taking the picture was that my 1959 notes tell me that The Star Inn was previously named The Great Western Hotel. Can anyone confirm this please? Copyright Mike Roach.
Reflections at Hayle
Hello Roger, Seeing today’s picture on the site of an HST in that green livery prompts me to send you one I took of the down ‘Riviera’crossing Hayle viaduct on 18 September 2000.Seems a long time ago now. Thanks, Michael
Many Thanks Michael
Views in Cornwall
Alan and Scott Peters
Duchess of Sutherland
46233 Duchess of Sutherland worked the last Royal Duchy to Plymouth before turning on the Laira Triangle to run tender first to Par for the return journey. The train from Plymouth to Par was headed by 47802.
Scott and Alan Peters
Newquay Rail Drop. Colas Rail Freight visited the Newquay Branch on the night of Thursday 12th September 2019 with the RDT (Rail Delivery Train) dropping rail at Tregross Level Crossing for future relaying work, top and tailed class 66's worked the train from Westbury with 66849 pictured at Roche with 66850 at the rear waiting to return to Goonbarrow. Copyright Alan Peters.
6C98 at Middleway Crossing Colas Rail 66849 is pictured at Middleway Crossing returning to Westbury after dropping rail on the Newquay Branch line, the late timings from Goonbarrow to Westbury enabled 6C98 to be captured in daylight at the infamous location, top and tailed with 66850 at the rear in the morning sunshine. Copyright Scott Peters
Many thanks Alan. A pair of super pictures, very well lit at desolate Roche and I guess when you brought your train to a stand you had this beautifully lit and framed picture in mind at Middleway - very well done and thank you.
Last say - last trains to
Good Morning Keith
Many thanks to Martin Duff for his information on the Heathfield line. He is absolutely correct that the last train to Heathfield (so far) was indeed the HST special that also visited Buckfastleigh on the 10th October 2015. I should know as I was at Teigngrace photographing it ! I will put my memory loss down to advancing years. My rather poor smartphone picture of 43188 is shown although it won't win many awards. Also shown is the class 142 Pacer Farewell at Heathfield with 142068+142063+142001 (2Z63) on the 27th November 2011.
Regards, Clive Smith. Many thanks Clive.
The early bird Out and About
Bodmin & Wenford Diesel Gala
14th & 15th September 2019
Featuring Guest engine 26007 (Formally D5300) 47306 The Sapper 50042 Triumph 37142 Class 08444 and Pressed Steel Bubble Car
Photographs by Paul Barlow, Craig Munday, Martin Duff, Mike Bojko,
Leslie Curnow, Alan Peters & Roger Winnen
The first train of the diesel gala to arrive at Boscarne Junction was visiting loco 26 007 working the 10:45 from Bodmin General in the bright morning sunshine 14/09/2019 -Copyright Alan Peters
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Late June-December 2019
Ref Clive Smiths Heathfield request a few weeks ago
I checked my notebook tonight and found a record of 56078 & 56105 on 11/03/2015 for 6M51 08.56 Teigngrace - Chirk. I’d suffixed the note with “final class 56 hauled 6M51”.
I’m aware of a few instances after this with Class 70’s though I’ve not recorded them and it wasn’t long before loading centred on Riverside Yard in Exeter. Indeed, on 17/06/2015 I recorded 60076 at Bristol on the down run.
On 10/10/2015 I saw GWR HST 43187/43188 at Staverton on 1Z69 15.02 Buckfastleigh - Heathfield ECC which on arrival there returned to Paddington.
Hope this helps.
Regards, Martin Duff
A reply from Mike Hitchens the livery was like the colour used by Rothmans Cigarettes at that time on their fag packets.
Sixty years ago today
3097 - 6873 Caradoc Grange of Laira Shed reaches the top of Hemerdon Bank with apparent ease at 11.25am on Tuesday 15 September 1959. The train is the 7.55am Penzance to Swansea which was due off Plymouth at 11.08am after an eight minute stop there. More coaches would be added to the train at Newton Abbot; these would travel from Paignton to Cardiff. The Summer Timetable was due to finish two days earlier but for reasons now forgotten was extended and the Winter Timetable did not commence until 2nd November 1959. It would not affect the Penzance to Swansea train which ran all year round.
Kind regards, Mike Many thanks Mike - as usual - not a detail missed.
The Okehampton Castle
Here are a couple (three!) of shots of today's Oke Rail Forum/ Dartmoor Railway/ Great Western Railway special charter train ''The Okehampton Castle'' 1Z55 0815 Okehampton-Weymouth arriving at Westbury and then awaiting departure in the station. Interesting to note that the majority of enthusiasts viewing the special here were of a younger age profile than is usually the case whenever 'classic' diesel or steam tours pass through the area.
Formation: 43194 'Okehampton Castle' (newly named) 41160 42005 42015 42016 44005 43188. The return trip was made not by way of Westbury but rather from Yeovil Pen Mill via Yeovil Junction and Honiton via the L&SWR route.
For the record, 43188 & 43194 worked the first 'Royal Oke' special from Okehampton on Saturday March 18th 2017. On that occasion the train was unfortunately terminated at Exeter St Davids due to having developed severe wheel flats on the descent from Bow. Fortunately a replacement HST set was quickly sourced and this was able to continue to Paddington around an hour late.
Regards, Guy Vincent. Many thanks Indeed Guy.
Hi Keith, I diverted via Crediton before my trip to Bodmin, to see 43188 43194 on the 0815 Okehampton-Weymouth railtour. I believe 43194 was named at Okehampton Castle at Okehampton station that morning. The first of the castle class HSTs to be named.
Kind regards, Paul Barlow A delightful diversion! Many thanks.
Rare Visitor to
66711 standing in Westbury Down Yard this morning (14th). From any distance this GBRF loco is easily mistaken for a Aggregates Industries class 59/0 but the easiest way to tell the two designs apart is the high level headlamp above the windscreens on the '66'. This loco is apparently standing-in for 59003 which has gone on medium-term hire to Freightliner for driver training purposes working from Stoke Gifford yard, next to Bristol Parkway station.
Cheers for now, Guy Vincent. Many thanks again Guy.
Much detail - much appreciated.
Bodmin and Wenford Diesel Gala
14th and 15th September 2019
Wonderful weather and a most interesting weekend has produced a crop of pictures which my colleague Roger Winnen - who you will also have seen there will be putting together as a feature. Many thanks to all for your support and pictures.
Looking back - 'The Pixielated Pixie'
As a follow up here are some shots of my first visit to Bodmin and Wenford railway. [To be included as a feature] This was a F and W railtours 'The Pixielated Pixie' Worcester to Boscarne junc and Bodmin General. The date was 17 August 1980, I joined the train at Weston super mare and alighted at Exeter on the return. 37084 took the train to Bodmin road where it was changed for 37142. 39 years later 37142 is still working on this line.
Kind regards, Paul Barlow. Many thanks Paul.
Okehampton - Meldon
1 - BRITISH PULLMAN hauled by steam locomotive 35028 'Clan Line' running almost an hour late (delays further east) en route for Bath and Bristol. The train was meant to stop in the middle line at Swindon station from 11.53am to 12.03 pm but it was allowed to go non-stop through Swindon's center road.
2 - A Colas Rail Freight class 66 locomotive was passing through Swindon's' middle road with a freight bound for the Midlands.
3 - Class 66 66605 was hauling a Freightliner train bound for Stoke Gifford Yard.
Kind regards, Ken Mumford. Many thanks Ken.
A snapshot from the past - the early sixties at Penzance some steam and a class 63 is in evidence. Due to building work apart from the locomotives this photograph would no longer be possible these days. Many thanks to you Michael.