21/2 David Tozer crosses the border without a 'passport' into the Duchy to observe the Westerns at Penzance and the Class 50 on Crew Training
21/3 David Tozer captures the scene at Exeter Central Station decorated for the Christmas & New Year Festive Season, showing the tidied up canopy of this modern looking 1933 station.
Many thanks David, we wish you a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.
I decided to explore parts of the Turnchapel Branch together with the recently opened railway bridge across the River Plym for a possible society walk in 2016. The weather was dark and dismal but it was well worth the effort and hopefully I can slot this into the 2016 programme.
151218j The piers still survive of the Swing Bridge which lead the railway into Turnchapel Station and the Turnchapel Wharves. A massive housing development is taking place at this once quiet spot after the railway closed in the area. More photographs in the Devon Galleries of years gone by on this branch. Copyright Roger Winnen.
19/2 The former Royal Albert Bridge Signal Box has been refurbished, it is now utilised for the Railway S&T staff etc. Roger Winnen
Evening Keith, Don't know if you want to put this on the CRS web pages or not but the lovely signals in the Barnetby area will all be gone after the 24th December as the whole area from Scunthorpe Appleby to Grimsby is re-signaled over the Christmas and New Year period and the whole lot will then come under control from the York ROC . So if anyone from the far west is thinking of going up to North Lincolnshire to see the signals they have not got long. Possession comes on on the 24th December . Ulceby signal box will also be shut on the line into Immingham docks and is due to be demolished. Note the large number of photographers at Barnetby , around 40. You will see more freight in one day at Barnetby the Cornwall sees in six months.
May be of interest so i thought I send them, Cheers Roger Geach
With our news that the Cornish Semaphores are to stay until 2026 we have cause to celebrate and commiserate with our friends up north. My excuse for using these pictures is that Roger is a Cornishman living in exile at Retford and also regular supporter of our web site. Very many thanks to you Roger. These 'up north' pictures are to be an exception on this website.
For all those semaphore fans out there the good news news is that resignalling of Cornwall has been put back to 2026. To facilitate the 30 min service extra IB's will be installed at Menheniot, Bodmin, Drump Lane/ Trenowin with a possible panel put into Roskear J! Time to celebrate one hopes.
16/2 It is with many thanks to Martin Duff we learn of Britain's Quietest Station, and second quietest - one of ours.
Many thanks to Martin Duff with his finger on the pulse of the rail system and eye on the press he draws our attention to a BBC article on the usage of Britain's stations. Coombe Junction is No.2 quietest in UK. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35105105 A very Interesting article.
Here we see 5531 having run round its train at Coombe Junction on the 9th September in 1961 - a classic picture by Mike illustrates the surroundings at Combe. In the distance Moorswater viaduct on the main line, ahead the line to Moorswater Drys passes through a bridge with a very restricted clearance.Industrial buildings lie behind the platform. Copyright Mike Roach
70805 6C21 at Par 15/12/15 - Thank you Paul
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