Many thanks to Craig for a couple of 'out in the country' scenes on the Newquay branch.
Taking advantage of a lovely sunny day on Monday 4th November 2013 Roger has sent us pictures of the up station building and footbridge at St Austell plus the welcome return to Western Greyhound buses to the station interchange. He then continued his very productive day with a visit to Lostwithiel to see the RHTT returning to St Blazey after its overnight workings and a clay train on its way to Carne Point. Many thanks Roger.
Hello Keith, Hope you are well mate, been very little going on recently, and I've had a week off. I have some more picture via Ruth of her late Grandfather Edwin Pascoe at Long Rock depot in the late 50s, early 60s. and show someone being presented an award of some sort. Also in the collection is an almost brand new D814 on shed, with a group gathered around.
I hope we might be able to identify some of the staff. I think the Driver on the far right of the Warship shot may be Les Hunt, but I cant be sure. Edwin is second from left.
Best wishes Craig
Many thanks to Maurice Dart who has forwarded the following 'in depth, inside information. Maurice tells us that this information comes in part from Steve Heginbotham - many thanks
Work to complete rebuilding structures on the up side platform is to go ahead after several years of delays due to funding problems. The 1882 vintage station footbridge is to be carefully dismantled and may be donated to a heritage railway. Lifts linking the platforms via a passage below the trackbed are to be commissioned together with a replacement footbridge with sloping ramps.
A rake of CDA waggons is stored here awaiting attention to brake faults. Another rake is stored at Rocks Dryers. 17 condemned CDA wagons have, or are being cut up in the yard. At present only one rake of serviceable wagons is in use. This has resulted in more clay being moved to Fowey in lorries operated by Maen Carne. Repair facilities here have not yet been re-commissioned. Work to clear the yard of extensive growth has begun. It is planned to use the yard as a secure storage area for rolling stock and locomotives which has been condemned or awaiting repair.
During the next few months simplification of the track layout here will be carried out including the removal of the stub of the Carbis Branch which was retained as holding siding. The signalbox is to be retained until early 2015. N.B. The last passenger traffic to use the stub of the Carbis branch mentioned above was the Cornwall Railway Society ‘China Clay Rambler’ on the 3rd July 1990.
Having been and seen, we were most impressed by the exhibition which has been laid on by Penny Parsons and her team all members of the Golant Heritage Group. Everything was beautifully presented including various railway histories it was Well Worth Seeing. Excellent refreshments were provided and one was made to feel really welcome. A DVD on the railway personalities in and around Golant is available at a very reasonable price as is a 16 page booklet on Golant's association with the Lostwithiel to Fowey Railway. The exhibition was in the Village Hall - otherwise known as the Reading Room. The e-mail address should you wish to contact Penny Parsons is email@example.com
Black out at Bodmin Parkway Maurice Dart
Maurice Dart reports that on 2nd November severe gales disrupted the power supply with all lighting and sceens blacked out from before 16.00. The situation which also affected 50 houses in the area still prevailed at 21.30
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