The late John Cornelius
And now it can be told = a true story.
The late Stephen Jeffery a much respected railwayman told me of an incident at Camborne during the war years when an up goods train was scheduled to deposit some loaded explosive vans in the down sidings. Shunting of explosive vans was always to be carried out under the control of the locomotive for safety reasons – they were never to be ‘fly shunted’. However rules are meant to be bent and on this occasion rather than delay services on the up and down lines it was decided to ‘fly shunt’ these wagons over the cross over which lay by the good shed. The shunter duly disconnected the wagons which were given a ‘nudge’ by the locomotive. The shunter then ran alongside the wagons to keep control of the brakes, unfortunately, due to wet sleepers the shunter slipped and fell. Luckily the gentleman picked himself up and caught up with the wagons which were speedily making their way towards the buffers and apply the brakes. Had the wagons hit the buffers Mr. Jeffery recalled, Camborne could have been blown to ‘smithereens’. KJ.