A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL
Beyond the reach of railways lies Mousehole - we celebrate the end of 2013 with this colourful picture by Roger Winnen and wish you all all the very best for 2014 and look forward to your photographs.
A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL
This picture taken beyond miniature turntable or turnplate very near the end of the pier at Newlyn shows an out of line disconnected length of track at the very end of the pier. Can anybody tell us why this was there and how the wagons were unloaded into waiting ships?
Mike Roach has provided this excellent record of an early railtour at Penzance - has anyone else any more earlier or later railtours please.
Those of you who have read Roger Winnen's report of the 27th December 2013 concerning the temporary changes to the trackwork just to the north of Crediton will be wondering what went on out of the common enthusiasts camera range. Roger tried to get pictures through the windows of the Class 150 he caught but no luck. The 'slewing' took place too far away from Yeoford platform for shots from there. However, here a professional railwayman came to our rescue in the shape of Graham Bowden. It is with many thanks to Graham that we bring you these pictures. Any other pictures of operations elsewhere on the network by professionals would be very much appreciated.
Many thanks once again Graham. Happy New Year to you.
We are sorry to report that during the period between the last Santa train on the 23rd and first train that was due to depart Buckfastleigh on the 26th the SDR has suffered a Landslip between Buckfastleigh and Staverton that has blocked the line and brought a premature end to their 2013 running season. We wish them well with the clearance works and a speedy resumption of services in 2014.
The Penlee Quarry Railway closed in July,1972 being replaced by a conveyor belt system. The railway went to the Newlyn South Pier from the Quarry adjacent to the Mousehole road. I was fortunate to gain access to the pier as repairs were being carried out on the Newlyn Christmas decorations situated on the pier, normally the pier is closed off even to the public for fishing, and within a few minutes of departing the gates were closed once more. Many thanks for this Roger - your pictures are also placed in the Penlee Quarry in the Tramways & Light Railways section.
Reg Loze is remembered by members of the Cornwall Railway Society as one of our two West Briton Reporters, Barrie Bennetts is the other one. Reg, sadly passed away on the 19th December 2006. We are extremely grateful to Pat, his wife and to son Mike for delving through the family albums over Christmas and sending us the pictures below. There are more to come we understand.
Report on Friday 27th December 2013 by Roger Winnen
I went to Exeter today, the bridge at Aller Junction has been swept away. I also heard that track relaying was being carried out between Crediton and Yeoford with trains still running. So I caught the 12.26 from Exeter to Yeoford. On arrival at Crediton we waited for the train from Barnstaple to cross us. A pilotman joined our train and we then departed on the Okehampton line passing on route the relaying of about 1.5 miles of track towards Yeoford. At the end of the track relaying the Okehampton line was then slued over to connect into the Barnstaple line arriving on the right track into Yeoford. The normal arrangement being that the Okehampton line and the Barnstaple line run as two single lines from Crediton to the site of the former Coleford Junction before they go their respective routes.
Many thanks for that Roger