66085 in the super DB red livery made a welcome visit on 20th working the JIAs. It is seen at Burngullow and St Blazey
Finally I was called out to Chapel farm crossing. The Newquay to Par service is seen in the rural setting - with a strangely European feel to it I think. The town of Newquay is ever expanding with new properties. How long before this area is swallowed up one wonders? Craig Many thanks
Also, I remember a Trains Illustrated about 1963 which had a page of photos of the Exe valley and one of these showed a WR Cross-Country set on an Exeter to Dulverton train, not on the last day.
Regards, John Many thanks John
The line had one or two interesting traits, Coldstream is in Scotland but the station was situated on the other side of the river in England not many stations can boost this, there was another border sign on this line rather than the one on the ECML and was near Carham (there were another two on the east coast side of Britain the third at Kershopefoot station on the Waverley route and the forth at Deadwater station on the Riccerton branch). Carham and Sprouston stations were constructed to North Eastern Railway design but were actually in Scotland and the line became a surrogate ECML in 1948, after flooding effected many areas north of Ayton on the proper ECML. The Tweed Valley line closed to Passengers in 1964 under the Beeching Act.
I not sure if Eric wanted only passengers, but the goods service on the Cornhill branch Alnwick to Coldstream was also severed by the 1948 floods and effectively became two lines after a bridge was washed out, the goods services until the early 1950's at least went up to Ilderton station and the consist was propelled the whole way to Alnwick approximately 30 miles! I have seen an image of an ex NER D20 locomotive doing such an act on a goods with an LMS designed full brake and a couple of wagons.
Hope this is of interest. Kind Regards, Karl Hewlett Many thanks