Reported today 28 Nov 2011 that class 56 56 302 and class 47 47 375 have been berthed overnight in Chapel Sidings - alongside up main line west of Par station. Tomorrow they will leave for Bungullow at 08.20 returning to Par at 14.00. On Wednesday 30 November the engines will depart Burngullow at 10.00 with a train of 14 tanks bound for Burton.
Maurice Dart reported an unusual sighting in the form of a class 56 on the China Clay at Burngullow yesterday.
Roger Winnen reported green class 159 150 004 as in service on the St Ives branch today.
The barriers at Long Rock crossing failed at approximately 09.00 this morning trapping motorists in the car park on the beach side. Presumably the cars belonged to dog walkers and beach users.
Earlier today 66111 running wrong line down the up line between Exeter Central and Exeter St Davids failed to stop before the catch points situated a short distance from St Davids at the foot of the bank. The locomotive was spotted with the front bogie 'in the dirt'.
Rescue in the shape of a breakdown train was reported as passing through Bromsgrove at 14.08.
Fortunately the down line between Exeter Central and St Davids is signalled for dual direction working. As a result the Exmouth service appeared to be operating normally with a unit on that service reported as standing at platform 3.
Trackwork is in progress in the area and this probably explains the 66 running in the wrong direction on the up line.
Jeanette, aged 73, was struck on Mexico Level Crossing on October 3 by a train travelling from Par to Penzance. An inquest into her death has not yet been held.
Rosemary Mayo, whose mother, Joy, was killed on the same crossing 40 years earlier, immediately appealed for a new warning system to be installed.
Jodie explained the goal of the petition, for which she hopes to get more than 1,000 signatures, is to initiate some serious changes at the crossing. She said: "There isn't an adequate warning system at all. I have been at the level crossing a short distance away when the lights were red plenty of times and seen people crossing."
As it stands, the gated crossing allows pedestrians to walk from Long Rock along a popular dog-walking route to the beach which runs adjacent to the town. Two gates are positioned at either end of the crossing – however they do not lock.
Other than a sign reminding walkers to "Stop, Look, Listen" and a board reminding train drivers to whistle, the crossing carries no other prior warning system. A little further down the line there is a level crossing which some residents admit they look at to see if a train is approaching.
Reported at approx 14.15. Roger caught the 10.47 off Totnes this morning hauled by Class 20 D8110. About 400 yards out of Totnes the engine failed. The train was subsequently rescued by 33002. The 13.45 off Buckfastleigh, again hauled by D8110 made it as far as Hood Bridge where it again failed. After a while Class 25 D7612 was taken off its train and coupled to D8110 the train being taken into the loop at Staverton while D8110 was placed in the siding. The train was then taken forward to Totnes behind Cla
Mad Monday RW
On Monday 31 October 2011 the 09.40 Manchester service was cancelled. The sleeper due due 08.59 arrived at 09.45. 09.12 arrival from Lostwithiel due 09.31 which should have been a Plymouth service arrived at 0945 was formed by two car 150121 which subsequently formed the 10.00 HST replacement to Paddington!!! At 10.17 a service arrived from Par which should have been from Bristol . The 09.36 from Exeter , due Penzance at 12.42 was reported as cancelled. It is understood that this re-arrangement of services was due to a signaling problems in the Liskeard area.
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