After dropping Christine Simmonds with the society bookstall off at Bodmin model railway show today, Dan Harris and myself drove down to Henry Orchards & Sons Ltd scrap metal dealers to pick up Dan’s wagon plate, Dan is the first of our members to receive one of the CDA wagon plates.
CRS members are still able to purchase one at £40.
All photos Mick House.
Hi Keith, The sunny days of September/early October seem a long way off.
We were out for a walk in Luxulyan when the sun did break through but when was the next unit??
As it turned out, not long,153372 passes the autumnul colours in the Luxulyan valley
Best Regards, Ron
PS . Its a small world as further into our walk we met Craig M.
Thank you Ron.
810604d I took a return trip to Newquay in a 3 Car 118 unit which were sent to Cornwall brand new in 1960. The set is composed of nos 51311 59479 51326 seen at the terminus with the 12.39 back to Par. Quiet atmospheric with the classic phone boxes and the gasometer. All the buildings seen have been swept away, the crossover removed and the gas holder is no more. A true period piece. Copyright Michael Forward.
A photograph taken from the inside the entrance to Exeter Central Goods off Queen Street of Exeter Central Cement depot at Exeter Central Station. In the 1960s the cement came by train from Plymstock Works near Plymouth which included the climbs of Hemerdon and Dainton Banks. Some time later the source of the cement was switched to the Westbury Works. 29th December 1991 Copyright Roger Winnen
Within minutes of placing the above on site the following was received (with a caption correction) from our Exeter Reporter - David Tozer - Many Thanks for this. The second photograph attached was taken from the third floor of National House, Queen Street. I worked in the Traffic Office of Western National for a number of year’s. Prior to this I did a few year’s at Exeter Central Goods.
The cement train in steam days was always interesting. When the Southern was in charge the train of twenty one presflo’s was split at Riverside Yard. Exmouth Junction would send a locomotive to move it to Central in two portions. When the Western took over their locomotives worked through assisted with three Southern engines, two on the rear and the other one was attached to the train engine on the front. It was not unknown for the train to stall on the bank. The Central Station pilot would be attached to the front to get the train off the bank.
Presflo’s from Plymstock were moved to Exeter via the 0155 Friary – Exmouth Junction. This train also had presflo’s for Barnstaple, Later in the days of full Western Region control the cement from Westbury was worked via Yeovil Junction to Central. Motive power would be a Class 52 or a Class 37. The empties were sent back to Westbury usually hauled by an 08 to Riverside Yard.
Hi Keith, The change in weather has meant the camera has been firmly in the bag. An unusual site at St Blazey yesterday (27th) was the delivery of a replacement module for the hard-working RHTT set which was due back at the depot around 3.50pm. The swap took place in the yard area, and a MacSalvors crane was required to lift the large module onto the wagon.
A brief splash of sun at Lostwithiel this morning (28th) gave this haunting affect on 66108 arriving with clay for Carne Point.
All the best, Craig Glad you were out and about what a weird but pleasing effect at Lostwithiel. Many thanks.
Rogers Treasure Trove. Roger Winnen has been looking through his collection of 130 thousand plus slides! More to come soon.
Travelling from Warminster towards Bradford on Avon the first sighting of the Bradford Triangle is at this point - the South Junction. There was a box at this point until May 1933 when it together with the boxes at North and West Junctions closed in favour of the box seen in this picture. Rationalisation of the junction is in progress with the former line towards Melksham and Thingley Junction having been made redundant. The singled track is now bi-directional. This picture 10th August 1990. Copyright Roger Winnen
Taken from a Bristol Bound train on the 10th August 1990 Removing the connection at the west end of the Bradford Triangle. West Junction Signalbox controlled the pointwork here until it was closed in May 1933. The back of Bradford Junction Signalbox can be seen in the distance. This double track curve was singled in February 1967. Copyright Roger Winnen
One cannot help but wonder whether the planners associated with the Box Major work this year wished that the hastily removed third chord of the triangle was still there??
Well I guess a more apt heading would be ‘Thumping Early’. Some photographs taken of the return 1258 5Z05 St Phillps Marsh – Okehampton at 1307 over two hours early.
Oh and note the completed footbridge.
RegardsDave. Many thanks Dave - Thumping Good Show!!
On behalf of Henry Orchard & Sons Limited, I have been asked to help with the disposal of selection of scraped CDA maker’s plates.
A request has been made that as many as possible stay in Cornwall.
For a chance to own one of these unique plates, CRS members are able to purchase one at £40 each, with all the money going to the Fowey Life Boat charity.
This offer will run up until Christmas, after which the remaining plates will be released to the rest of the UK at £50 each.
Unfortunately it has also been brought to our attention that some have been stolen from the wagons while stored in St Blazey, the numbers of these have been passed on to Devon & Cornwall Police and BTP. If you are offered a plate from an unknown source please report to the authorities.
If you are interested in the purchase of one of the plates please email Mick: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ever since the railway opened along the sea wall at Dawlish that stretch of line has been a magnet for railway enthusiasts and nowadays literally thousands of pictures a year must be taken along that delightful length. Recently David Tozer and Adrian King have sent in a collection of nostalgia which has been included in the 'Features' section under 'Dawlish 74 to 84'. Many thanks to David and Adrian for their contributions - here are a couple.
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