The Waterloo service is not running this year. It was rumoured that the "Wizard" would not run; if the HSTs are transferred, this may be its last year. The train is interesting, not least because of its route. It has a holiday atmosphere; even the crew are going to the beach it seems and the same faces are seen on the return working. First is declassified. If you ride in the vestibule, as I do, then you have to open the doors for people who are looking for the button to press.
Guards must check every door and see that no one is hiding in the TGS at every unstaffed station. One regular man, a friendly chap with a gammy leg, looked exhausted when the 1728 Weymouth rolled in at Cary last Saturday and he frantically herded his connecting passengers onto the late running 1706 Padd, not helped by having only three cars of his train platformed.
One unusual duty the guard has before leaving Temple Meads is to check the formation to see that all trailers have short swing link suspension. There is a danger that long swing links, which I think were originally fitted, will foul the third rail.
Yes, that's my bike on the platform at Thornford. I caught the following stopper as far as Yetminster, thus ticking off two more stations in Dorset.
With best wishes, Colin Many thanks Colin, most interesting.
The familiar handpoint lever of the national system, whether cranked or straight, has a patent spring mechanism which allows the lever to return to the same position after each pull, and the points can be "trailed," thrown by the wheels in the trailing direction, without the lever moving.
If it were possible to trail points attached to a tumbler lever, that is if the mechanism would stand it, the weight would be quickly somersaulted and no doubt over the years someone unthinkingly standing too close sustained injury.
The only one remaining that I know of is in the bushes on the former paper mill siding at Silverton. Many thanks indeed Colin
A list of Water Columns at Truro
1. End of down platform
2. Penzance end of island platform
3. London end of up platform
4. Up goods line (near East box)
5. Down goods line (near west box)
6. Near turntable, on engine line
7. At engine shed
Many thanks to Roy Hart for this list
Many thanks Mike,