A glimpse of the future.
The 2 x 4 HST (class 255) has been assembled at Laira with power cars attached to the recent coach arrivals from Doncaster. They are due to visit Cornwall starting today Saturday 17th leaving Laira at 15.57.
5Z10 15.57 Laira to Penzance
Plymouth 16.25 / 16.44
Sun 18th March (Runs calling all stations)
5Z11 08.28 Long Rock to Exeter SD
Penzance 08.33 / 08.51
Cbn 09.13 / 09.14
Truro 09.30 / 09.31
Par 09.53 / 09.54
Liskeard 10.18 /10.19
Plym 11.09 / 11.11
The HST set then works between Exeter St Davids and Truro during the weekdays due to the possession mentioned below. It is due at Truro 14.10 arrival and 15.02 departure. Full details of schedules on RTT.
The week long engineering possession kicks off between Penwithers Jn & Penzance in the early hours of Monday morning. This means all the Sunday evening Penzance arrivals with be Empty stock away to Laira. 3 Colas engineers trains are due at Penzance for the commencement of the blockade. And will be positioned in platforms 1 & 2, and out another out at PZ1 at Marazion. This will be a stirring sight, although not at the best hour of the clock. NB, the station will probably be locked up.
Kind Regards, Craig Many thanks Craig
With the stream cut back of vegetation at St Blazey right around to Tywardreath - some nice views of years gone by have returned.
The 15.46 usual early run from Goonbarrow with 6G08 is perfect for the shot by Tywardreath Highway, right by the barriers. 66187 approaches the crossing at speed with 6G08 heading for Carne Point.
There was then time to multi-task! A visit to Respryn and a dog walk for Max to see 43002 working 1C80 running around 40 late. The sky were leaden over the Glynn Valley (sounds familiar), but beautifully clear to the West where sun was gently sinking. The new galvanised metal walkway has slightly spoiled the "gate" shot here, so a crop is necessary.
All the best - here's to some more snow pictures maybe?
Craig Many thanks Craig
The up platform has a very tight curvature - so the engine driver could never see the guard's green flag.
This was the procedure...
On the guard's whistle, 3 or 4 porters would position themselves spaced out along the train. Starting from the front, they would check the doors and, if OK, raise their arm facing back down the train. When the sequence of raised arms reached the guard he would wave the green flag. The porters - still with raised hands - would pirouette in turn to transmit the 'right away' to the engineman.
Best wishes, John Thorn
Many thanks for details of that operating procedure John.
The history and development of the railway at Weston super Mare with three stations makes very interesting reading, however it is far too detailed to be covered here. For reference please look at the Wikipedia extensive item on the history and also the National History Museum of Scotland's excellent zoom-able map of the area Please click on the links below.