Best wishes to all at the Cornwall Railway Society -- Paul Stewart (for the Branch line Society)
(1): BLS Cornish Industrial Visits, Friday 28 November: A repeat guided minibus tour to complement our Bodmin and Wenford Railway trip the following day. St. Austell station (09.00) down yard, then St. Blazey depot and turntable; a trip along the private road used to transport China Clay on the former GWR line from Par Harbour through Pinnock Tunnel to Fowey (wagon traverser, old jetties, Caffa Mill and Pill incline). Then Par Moor Kilns and Rock Dries, Goonbarrow Tunnel, Carbean siding and a lunch stop at Sawles Arms, Carthew. Blackpool sidings, Drinnick Mill, Treviscoe, Kernick, Parkandillack and Trelavour followed by Meledor Mill, Melbur, Collins siding and a Pentewan Railway relic; due St Austell 16.20. Led by Ivor Bowditch and our member, local railway historian and expert, Maurice Dart. Â£35 payable in cash on the day (anyone booked who fails to turn up is also required to pay) to cover minibus costs and a charitable donation. Historical notes will be provided. Bookings (post only with SAE please) and queries TEL: 01726 65479 to Maurice at 40 Chapel Field, Bethel, St. Austell, Cornwall PL25 3ES. Footwear and clothes suitable for wet china clay are advised! A further repeat is not anticipated.
(2): The Branch Line Society are delighted to announce a repeat (but with some line variations if you went last year - see below) of last years all available lines charter (report below) at the Bodmin & Wenford Railway to be held on Saturday 29th November, starting at 12:00 at Bodmin Parkway. The visit is limited to a maximum party size of 45 participants, the fare will be Â£20 for BLS and PLEG members, Â£22 for non-members, and will include travel in two brake vans using ex-BR Class 08 08444 and ex-BR Class 10 D3452 as traction. It has also been requested that Class 33 33110 will work part of the charter.
The fare includes a hot Cornish pasty and real ale will be available to purchase on the train.
- The anticipated duration of the visit is four and a half hours and will cover, subject to availability on the day, Bodmin Parkway end of line and run round loop, the exchange siding to the Network Rail boundary, carriage sidings to shed doors with a visit to the carriage shed on foot, Walker Lines siding(s) (aka Fitzgerald lighting) to the safe operational limit, Bodmin General run round loop, one road to locomotive shed doors with a visit to the shed on foot, Boscarne run round loop and return to Bodmin Parkway. Participants will also receive a souvenir ticket, track map and stocklist to aid enjoyment of their visit.
For this repeat visit to an often-requested railway (fully booked last year) please apply promptly by post to Kev. Adlam at 53 Kemble Close, CREWE, CW2 6XN enclosing either a cheque payable to Branch Line Society or a card payment authority ( www.branchline.org.uk/Branch_Line_Society_Card_Payment_Authority.pdf ) for the correct amount
Email enquiries to Kev.firstname.lastname@example.org_