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Out in the countryside
D1029 Western Legionnare the last Western built at Swindon on 20th April 1964 heads the 14.00hrs Penzance to Paddington service passing Ponsandane level crossing on the 13th July 1974. This crossing has now been replaced with a wooden footbridge. This engine was withdrawn after accident damage at Newton Abbot on 18th November 1974, Copyright Roger Winnen.
The Mail to Low Fell at Plymouth
I attach a picture taken at Plymouth of 67006 on 28 April 2000 with vans which would later form the 15.07 to Low Fell.
Best wishes, Michael
Evening Roger/Keith, Back from the excellent Rail Ex 2018 model railway show at Taunton School, in between caught the following Class 66's at Taunton station for CRS All the Best Andrew. Many thanks Andrew.
Craig's Out & About
Hi Keith, Quite a week light wise. I've been sanding the rails early in the week, which allowed some time to capture some passing trains. The MOM's providing sand to the rails in strategic places on the main line has complemented the RHTT. All the best, Craig. Many thanks Craig.
Diesel to Electric
These pictures are really out of our region being taken at Didcot. [Our region is that covered by the Freedom of the South West Rover Ticket]. However, as this train has passed through our region (Cardiff - Swindon)we'll make an exception this time. Here at Didcot we see the pantograph raised on a class 800, a sight we'll never see in Cornwall. Many thanks Ollie.
Developments at the
Kingsbridge and District Light Railway
Things have been happening down in Kingsbridge since my last visit back in April. The railway took its 10,000th visitor in early August and building has commenced of its new Parkside station as seen in picture 3. Previously the line came to a stop at the end of The Embankment riverside path. Now the line curves in a 'u' (picture 2) to terminate at a new site that will be the Parkside station. Currently adjacent to this is the railway's 'shed'. I use this term loosely as wooden box would be more appropriate. This is where the railway keeps its regular rolling stock. Talking to the one of the members, I was told they plan to have the station built by this December complete with roof and platform. The shed will be no more, replaced by a purpose-built brick structure. Runnings will cease at the end of October but there are plans to run over the Christmas holidays when it is hoped the new station will be used.
Regards, Clive Smith Many thanks Clive
Please note all you kindly folk who send in photographs that the clocks go back at 02.00 tomorrow. As compilers of the web site we would be very grateful if you check that your cameras are showing the correct time. If your picture comes from a digital camera, we can, by going to 'Properties' followed by 'Details' ascertain when the picture was taken. This is particularly valuable when a series of pictures are sent in 'out of order' as sometimes does occur.
Thank you all for your support.
Permission to be excused!
Not on this Train
Over the past week I have seen Northern Rail unit 150207 now with GWR operating a service to Paignton from Exmouth and Exeter last Saturday 20th October 2018. Today the service was seen at Bodmin Parkway on the 05.24 Bristol - Penzance service. On both occasions no toilet facilities were available aboard this unit. On making enquiries I was told that the company were awaiting spares. Not a comfortable journey in this cold weather.
West of Yeovil
With the on-going RMT strikes only two SWR trains run West of Yeovil and both of these are ECS workings.
0453 Exeter New Yard - Yeovil Junction
2300 Yeovil Junction - Exeter New Yard.
If differs slightly on Saturdays with an ECS run from Salisbury to Exeter in daylight.
Friday however 159006 ran ECS from Loughborough to Salisbury via Bristol, Exeter(St David's) and Honiton. The unit was in the new revised, revised livery and like 159003 has lost the name it was given in SWT days.
Dave Many thanks David
and the Tramway
Dear Keith, I am sending this prompted through the recent sad, but timely pictures by Roger , of Newton Abbot carriage sheds. I had visited Seaton Junction on the 5th September 2018 to find the original LSWR station still in reasonable condition over 50 years since closure on the 7th March 1966.
Fortunately the line to Seaton is still in use in its present form as a re-gauged tramway, but for the short distance from Colyton to Seaton Junction.
It would be interesting if this gap could be reinstated to reconnect with the ex LSWR mainline. (Please see attached map).
Hopefully the station will continue to exist and not meet the fate of so many historic buildings in this so called enlightened age!
Best wishes Andrew Many thanks Andrew
It would be nice if the tramway were to be extended to a re-opened Seaton Junction station but unless that re-opening occurs there would be little point in extending the tramway. It is approximately 1.5 miles from Seaton Junction to Colyton, but what would that cost what with the tram track + overhead + a new station at Seaton Junction?
A request from Clive Smith
Today I decided to have a look to see if I could find the spot on the River Lynher overlooking the viaduct. I did not have much success and rather suspect that one must ask permission from local farmers or trespass which I may have done in my misspent youth but no longer engage in as I approach senior citizenship. I would be most grateful if you or any of your contacts could assist me on this or tell me if it is a non starter. I do possess an old school Ordnance Survey map for S.E. Cornwall which I prefer although GPS can be quite useful when you get lost as I did today
All the best, Clive Can anyone advise please??
The Extreme length of two IETs at Redruth
Passengers travelling on two of these sets coupled together need to be aware that at stations like Redruth a large part of the rear set is off the platform.
Driving through Moretonhampstead on 10th October 2018 I decided to have a look around the old station site. Remarkably little has changed since when Keith and Roger visited in 1976 (see the archive for their pictures). Thompson Hauliers are still in business on the site and no buildings appear to have been added. I was fortunate enough to be shown inside the listed engine shed by a kind employee. This is used as one of Thompson's store rooms. The station building is enclosed as part of their warehouses and I was told the station platform inside is still in situ.
Regards, Clive Smith Many thanks Clive.
Roy Hart adds - Although Moretonhamstead lost its passenger service in 1959, the engine shed has been unused since about 1950, so it is quite a survivor. Until it closed in 1962 or so, the signal box was built on to the engine shed.
Going to Looe
I am hoping to build a model of the Gannel down to Trerice ( Newquay - probably to Mitchell) in a period that will include the railway track to Newquay. I particularly want to include the old sidings in Lane. I live very close to there so have access to current state photos but I am struggling to find an old material - would any of your members be able to help me out please? I know this is an unusual corner of the old network!!
Many thanks, Shirley Can anybody help out please?
Ivybridge, East of
Having good fortune the previous day at Bittaford with InterCity swallow liveried 43185 leading the 14.03 Paddington to Penzance in lovely evening sun, I moved a mile further west to a field just east of Ivybridge station to try another shot in the low light with the same train . Luck was with me as the same power car rounds the corner by the former Western Machinery buildings. Any bets for Thursday ?
Regards, Clive Smith. Your and our lucky day - thanks.
Some late afternoon sunshine and my lack of Bittaford photos inspired me to wander down my road to capture the 14.03 Paddington - Penzance crossing the viaduct. Not an ideal location but the watery sun was at the correct angle to illuminate the viaduct and the imminent HST. My luck was in as Inter City swallow liveried power car 43185 was leading the train.
Regards, Clive Smith Many thanks Clive.
After seeing this photograph published Guy Vincent has identified this engine as D1026 Western Centurian photographed on 23rd June 1974.. Between 25th June through to 29th June 1974 this engine had a full repaint as other photos on the site show. Sadly the engine was withdrawn just over a year later on 6th October 1975 and cut up at Swindon during August 1976.
Many Thanks Guy
A trip to the seaside
Redruth - Teignmouth
The Wirrel Railway Circle 'Great Britain' we see record breaker D1010 Western Campaigner at Penzance on the.7th May 1974. D1010 Western Campaigner was built at Swindon in 1962. It was withdrawn in 1977 and is now preserved by the Diesel & Electric . It holds the record of hauling the only non-stop Paddington to Penzance train ever. Copyright Roger Winnen.
Yesterday (20th October 2018) I visited Saltash for some shots of the Forder viaduct with perfect conditions, the sun was shining, the tide was coming in and there was barely any wind, making for some great reflections.
Thanks, Mark Lynam
And Many thanks to you Mark for four superb pictures. Note, in addition to the reflections the autumn tints in the trees. A full tide and full sun make for excellence.
Winnen's Westerns (13)
Pictures of the Newton Abbot Fire
Taken from a down train.
by Kevin Jenkin
Many thanks to Kevin for being 'quick on the shutter'.
A Huge Fire in Newton Abbot this afternoon
Latest Report see :-
Firefighters from across Devon has been tackling a large blaze near to Newton Abbot Railway Station. The building had been a Historic Victorian Carriage and Repair Shed built in 1891/1893 as a GWR Reconstruction of Newton Abbot Railway Works. It was hoped that despite opposition from the local action group not to demolish it a save it for the towns railway heritage. Aldi after a long legal battle won the argument to build a new superstore on the site.
I visited the area yesterday afternoon after travelling up from Penzance and purchasing a Devon Rover Ticket.
Alongside stood the former David & Charles building much ransacked, what would David St Thomas and Ivor Hocking have said?
Viewing the building from the Industrial Estate a fire crew was in attendance dealing with a small rubbish fire which they tell me was a frequent occurrence on the site.
It seems that I made it just in time!
This afternoon at
Clive focuses on
Bittaford is located between Ivybridge and South Brent and is where I have lived for nearly twenty years. Not the first place I choose to take railway photos due to its lack of ideal locations, Ivybridge being my preferred choice. These five are pretty much my entire Bittaford photo file.
Bittaford did once have its own station. To see pictures of it please check the link to Brian Moseley's very interesting and detailed website 'Old Plymouth'
Regards, Clive Smith.
Many thanks for your collection and the above highly recommended link. Keep up the good work. I always look out for Bittaford, a charming spot located on a crook in the old A38 where it comes close to the viaduct.
(5) A hike up Western Beacon which overlooks both Ivybridge and Bittaford can produce good results if you have a reasonable camera and a sunny day. A GWR HST can be seen in the distance crossing Bittaford Viaduct with the 09.03 Paddington to Plymouth on the 18th October 2018. The derelict engine shed of the Redlake Tramway can be seen in the foreground. Note the housing development which no prevents the view in picture 2. Copyright Clive Smith
Memories of a Holiday
in Dawlish Warren