Around St Austell
All photographs taken on 13th February 1976
45017 at Bristol
Many thanks Michael
Around Plymouth Station today
It may not be as far as you think!
With the help of Railway Codes, the wonderful resource that holds all the "Engineer's Line References," I have made some sense of the Plymouth mileage change, which used to be - or may still be - marked by this board.
The distance from North Road Junction (east of the former triangle) to Millbay and back to Cornwall Loop Junction was 1 m. 34 ch. From North Road Junction direct to Cornwall Loop Junction is 21 chains. The discrepancy in the modern main line is therefore 1 m. 13 ch.
North Road Junction was 246 m. 8 ch.; Cornwall Loop Junction was 246 m. 29 ch. A point between them for some reason was chosen as the mileage "junction."
The line starts seven chains from the original blocks at Paddington. The new line from Wearde is two chains longer than the old one. Another two chains are gained between Baldhu and Chacewater. By my reckoning, altogether, that makes Penzance, not 326 m. 50 ch., but 325 m. 34 ch. But I'll happily be corrected.
I'm not going to look at the Berks & Hants!
The Great Western was one of only two companies, pre-grouping, to have a milepost 300. Which was the other company?
Many thanks Colin for giving us the results of your research.
Many thanks to Roy Hart for his response.
In response to Colin's challenge (above), my guess is the London and North Western (pre-group line with mileposts 300 miles plus).
Cheers, Roy Hart.
Hi Keith and Roger,
Barbara and I took a flip up to the Birmingham NEC for the Warley Model Railway Show. The centrepiece was the new-build 3MT 2-6-2T No. 82045, up on a low-loader so not too many bodies in the way. I know that some were based at Taunton and Newton Abbot, so we can call them West Country engines. I’m sure I remember seeing one in Plymouth when I was about 5. I wonder if, had steam continued, they would have percolated down to the far West?
My first trip to Warley and very impressive I must say. Lots of stands and all the usual suspects present (Hornby, Bachmann et al). A really good video presentation by Pete Waterman in person on his O Gauge Leamington Spa project.
Best wishes to all, Trevor Tremethick
In reply to Trevors article on the 82xxx Class I remember seeing one of the early members of the class in Plymouth Station when we were travelling to Exeter on a new DMU from Penzance in the early 1960s.
However we thought about changing onto the Southern Train for Exeter via Okehampton but remained on this new DMU for the view.
Its to late now!
All the best for now and many thanks
We’re pleased to confirm the return of our Annual General Meeting to be held on Tuesday 6th December 2022. We are delighted that James Willcock, MetroWest Phase One Project Manager, will join us to speak about what happens next after the successful completion of the DCO process.
Doors will open at the Folk Hall, Portishead from 7.00pm with the meeting starting at 7.30pm. You’ll find the usual agenda below.
Just a reminder - if you change your e-mail address, please don’t forget to let us know.
Thanks for your support over the past year. We hope to see you at the AGM.
Regards, Peter Maliphant, Membership Secretary
Many thanks Peter - Best of luck with your meeting.
Classic - oil at at
To make the most of being confined to barracks for the time being, I have been using the time to do some catalogue housekeeping and came across this picture which seems somehow to have avoided my CRS folder.
Not just the season of the year about to change as 6C21 WO 12:00 St.Blazey-Long Rock in the charge of EWS 66160 brings loaded fuel oil tanks past the remains of Gwinear Rd Station Yard on 28th September 2011.
It isn't the easiest location for a midday down train, especially when harsh Autumnal shadows demand post-production. In this shot I am standing on the site of the Helston Branch and just glad that "the tanks" ran for a couple more years.
With kind regards to you both, Brian Pibworth
Many thanks Brian - it never seems to make sense - oil deliveries by road.
Oxford Rewley Road Station
27th November 1976
This station has since been dismantled and rebuilt at the Buckingham Railway Centre at Quainton Road
Eleven years ago today
Many thanks Chris - the 'dynamic livery' makes for a much better picture than dull green.
Brittania out and back
Ken Mumford and Colin Pidgeon
Oxford to Bristol. I was at Marston Footbridge [just east of South Marston Junction - about two or so miles east of Swindon station] in good time to see the steam train. Glad I was some 45 minutes before it was due because it passed me 38 minutes EARLY and, according to its timetable on REAL TIME TRAINS, it did not stop at Swindon but passed it using the line alongside platform 4.YET it passed Rushey Platt only 5 minutes EARLY - so what happened in the Swindon area? Ken Mumford.
The return journey.
Many thanks to Ken and Colin for your reports.
Christmas preparations on the B & W
47306 was dispatched from Bodmin General to Bodmin Parkway this morning to extract 50042 from the shed where it had been enjoying its winter slumber.
Once extracted, the 50 was fired up (very quickly, with a nice clean start) and it then took the 47 back to General.
I’m told it is to act as a backup loco for the BWR’s Christmas trains.
A four pics attached, feel free to do with them as you see fit!
Best wishes, Jon Hird
Many thanks Jon. You were just at the right time.
Dear Viewers. We try to include all of your photographs which you have so kindly sent in. However the massive delivery of pictures of the 'scrap train' were totally unexpected - sorry if they are not in the correct order. As many pictures of this as of any steam special!
Last words and thoughts - the Funeral train passes
Bristol Temple Mds
37688 heading non-stop onto the UpThrough line at Bristol Temple Meads and running some 13 minutes early with the well publicised 5Z34 0905 Exeter Riverside - Newport Docks (Sims Group) conveying four redundant former FGW-operated HST trailers to their place of final disposal. The complete formation was: 37688 6394 42094 42095 42566 44100 6393 6336 and 6348, all the 63xx vehicles being barrier vehicles for providing sufficient brake force. Carriages 42100 and 42566 were collected yesterday from Long Rock, Penzance with 42094 and 42095 later added at Laira. A hastily grabbed set of photos here as the train was ahead of time and the east end of platform 5 was spoiled by piles of scaffolding and other materials impeding a good view.
The 'dynamic lines' livery is already history and it was sad watching this working as it passed swiftly away eastwards, knowing that within days the carriages will likely as not have been shredded, loaded into a ship and sent off for recycling hundreds if not thousands of miles away.
Regards Guy Vincent
Many thanks Guy
Before returning to Cornwall today I joined the party at Norton Fitzwarren to capture LSL 37688 'Great Rocks' working 5Z34 09.05 Exeter Riverside N.Y-Newport Docks (Simsgroup) passing Norton Fitzwarren, running 6 early at 09.26 . 2 shots for CRS either side of Norton Fitzwarren footbridge, a fine sight in glorious low winter sun light
All the Best
Many thanks Andrew
Many thanks Paul
Many thanks Keith
A couple of days ago
Sorry Keith, I overlooked these two from Wednesday last, 23rd. They were literally 'grabbed' from the roadside close to the entrance to Frome market at Standerwick just off the A36 trunk road. I won't bore you with details but we ended up in a right pickle trying to get somewhere for this working in heavy traffic, awful light and driving rain. Then a large pothole almost took a wheel out, hidden as it was by accumulated storm water...
37688 scuttling down the main west of England line between Westbury and Frome with the four barrier coaches for the removal of redundant HST stock from Long Rock and Laira depots the following day. Working: 5Z31 1347 Reading T&RSMD-Exeter Riverside. Due to a log-jam of trains on the Berks and Hants at this time 5Z31 was re-routed at the last minute to run via Westbury station so as to let the late-running 1C84 1404 Padd'n-Penzance overtake on the Westbury avoiding line. Then a couple of empty stone workings and a Great Malvern to Weymouth DMU were sent out ahead of the '37' meaning it spent around 12 minutes in platform 1. (Luckily Charlotte happened to be on the station and got a few nice photos).
Apologies again, hoping you can slot these in somewhere. Not an occasion I will remember with fondness though!
Best regards, Guy Vincent
Glad you remembered Guy - many thanks.
More Class 37 news
Hello again Keith
Following recent issues with the class 66 locos being used on the Swindon-based 3S59 RHTT's Colas hired in veteran type 3 37668 from West Coast Railways and this was used for several days. I was at Westbury late on 23rd and witnessed the 3S59 2100 Swindon Transfer - Hereford working arrive on the first leg of its overnight trip. 66850 was leading with 37668 at the rear. Once in the up yard 37668 detached and stabled (photo 1), the replacement loco for 3S59 was 66849 which itself had only recently arrived on the 6V31 'tripper' from Eastleigh behind 66721.
The following day, 24th, saw 37668 run light to Severn Tunnel Junction sidings to collect another work-weary '66', 66846, and return it to Westbury down yard (photos 2, Freshford and 3, Westbury). 66846 was later 'tripped' across to Eastleigh on the evening 6O31 working at 1730 hrs.
The morning of Friday 25th saw 37668 stabled in Westbury up sidings (photo 4) from where it departed light as 0Z37 to Southall at 1233.
Cheers for now, Guy Vincent.
My word - you've been busy Guy
- Many thanks for your watchful eye.
Today at Silverton
Many Thanks David
Didcot - up to date