May 2018 it be a good and prosperous year for you all. Many thanks to everyone for your support.
Bodmin & Wenford Railway featuring the restored Bagnell Austerity Saddle Tank
Roger Salter John Ball & Roger Winnen
A very fine job indeed!
yesterday. After some heavy rain when we arrived at B/Lydeard
it cleared and we had a sunny day until 1430 when it clouded over.Three locos in steam 7822,6960 & 53808 plus a DMU which was covering for 53809, which wasn't available. Thanks John
Then and now.
850 of these wagons were built by BR in 1955, unusually small, they had a 9 foot wheelbase and were only 16 foot six inches long with an end opening tipper door, for emptying on an inverter mechanism at Fowey Docks.
The once extensive clay railways were in the main lightly built with restrictive curves.
The first 300 wagons were unfitted, but within a short space of time, vacuum brakes were installed. These wagons replaced a similar GWR design fitted with patented Williams sheets,(the distinctive A frame shape covered with a blue tarpaulin in ECLP corporate colours).
They served the china clay system perfectly, simple in design, reliable and easily maintained at the dedicated wagon works, in St Blazey.
Typifying the Victorian philosophy of mechanical simplicity combined with sound design and build quality.
Please note the rail chair packing, on the right hand exchange siding, wooden blocks were rare even in the 70’s.
Access to this siding was only via a set of points adjacent the signal box next to the crossing gates and could accommodate a considerable amount of wagons.
Today the transformation is complete. Only a loop exists serving the excellent new build station. The triangle of land to the left, once part of the short lived exchange platform, has no apparent function and unfortunately this latest update photograph is slightly to the right of the original 1978 shot as I did not want to trespass onto railway property.
Best wishes Andrew Many thanks Andrew for your pictures and the extensive 'write up' it all adds very much to the interest.