The Royal Train and snow at Marazion
This Wednesday sees the return of a test train into the South West region including trips along Falmouth, Parkandillack and Fowey branches. It is comprised of 37025 (Large Logo Blue), three test coaches and a Mark II DBSO. As this contains ex EMU coach 62384, assume it is the Ultrasonic Test Train. The 37 from YouTube footage I have found so far, was on the rear of the train as it went through Longbridge Station Birmingham, heading for Cardiff Canton. Assuming it sticks to it's plan and goes through Patchway and Filton thus direct to Bristol Temple Meads without reversing at Parkway first, the 37 should then be leading on the Cornwall end when it works down here. Times are:
Down run: http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/H20479/2017/02/21/advanced
Return run: http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/H20480/2017/02/22/advanced
Regards, Karl (Friends of Penmere). Many thanks Karl
“Arising from a discussion elsewhere, does anyone know please why Liskeard signal-box had two closing switches in 1994, as seen here http://shop.studio433.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=11590 ? Neither switch appears to be labelled, nor do they appear to be mechanically linked to operate together, as was sometimes the case where one switch alone had insufficient contacts.”
Within ten minutes I got this reply :- Dear Keith, I can't help much on this one. I was a regular visitor to Liskeard box in the 1960s and there was only one switch then. Liskeard survived until 1980 i n a kind of historical 'bubble', for there had been no 1960s rationalisation - the layout was intact, unaltered since 1949 and the box did not even have sequential locking. I visited every GW box in Cornwall that was open in the 1960s and only Liskeard lacked sequential locking. None had 2 switches either! My guess is that the 2 switch thing dates from after 1980 (when up and down sidings were lifted, colour light distants installed, illuminated diagram fitted and Coombe Junction closed, with consequent alterations). In 1980, Liskeard made up 40 years! I am aware that some other boxes (Dainton and others) also acquired 2 switches after the 1960s, but I am unaware of the technical reason for this. All the very best from Yangon/Rangoon -32 degrees today! Roy Still very interesting - many thanks to you Roy.