arrives Derby on a test run from Crewe
Another engine in the Class 37 fleet also carried the name William Cookworthy D6907 renumbered 37207 on 31st December,1973. It was named William Cookworthy on the 27th May, 1982 at St Austell and carried this name until May 1987. However this locomotive can be found on the Plym Valley Railway at Marsh Mills, the engine being preserved into private ownership.
on the Exmouth Branch
Part 1 Roger Salter
- last days
With reference to the above, I attach 3 photos of D1070,- one at Truro and the others in the Laira scrap line.
I have marked these two "last day" so presumably I discovered that they were moved the next day which would fit in well with Neil's Taunton date. Also 1056 and 1058 at Truro - dates are shown - see Swindon entry.
Sid. Many thanks for your second letter of the day, and for the pictures.
I have just been looking at your website and note the 'Where is this please'? Alan Harris query.
It shows a picture of some boats and a boatyard in the background supposedly in Lostwithiel. It is in fact at Wroxham, on the Norfolk Broads (!), I would say possibly in the early 1960s. Jack Powles, in the background, were boat builders dating from 1920 to 2009. The boat in the foreground with the star on the hull was one of Herbert Woods, Potter Heigham hire cruisers.
John Hutchinson, Norfolk Railway Society member, Norwich
Having nothing better to do this afternoon I have done a bit of research on the pic posted on the site today (21st March) by Allan Harris seeking identification of the location of a waterway and associated buildings said to possibly be in the Lostwithiel area.
I eventually came across http://www.oocities.org/dunwurkin02/interests/broadspostcards/images/wroxham/wroxham.htm and also http://white.coral.free.fr/page25.html containing pictures which would seem to indicate that the location is the River Bure at Wroxham in Norfolk, obviously some way from Lostwithiel. The roof sign on the building on the far bank reads ‘Jack Powles & Co’ who were boat builders.
It appears that all the buildings in the pic have now been cleared and replaced with a hotel an shopping centre!
Hope this is of interest.
Can I say in passing, as a pensioner who grew up in West London and spent many an hour in the late 50’s watching the trains from the well known ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ bridge at West Ealing how much enjoyment I get from both the nostalgic and up to date photos on your site – thank you for all your efforts.
Kind regards, Tim Jefferies
I have a feeling that photo might have sneeked into the collection. It is possible that the sign is over the workshops belonging to Jack Powles who was a boat builder in East Anglia, based in Wroxham...maybe...
17 March 2017
Exactly 111 years since opening on 17 March 1906, GWR has today announced Old Oak Common (OOC) depot will be opened to members of the public.
Celebrating its contribution in maintaining the Legends of the Great Western, the depot will hold an open day on Saturday 2 September; OOC111.
On display will be a unique collection of trains and locomotives, both old and new, which make the Great Western ‘God’s Wonderful Railway’. Full line up to be announced soon.
During its 111-year history, the depot and its dedicated, highly skilled staff have maintained everything from the Kings and Castles of the steam era, to the diesel-powered Westerns and Warships.
In 1976 the depot was the maintenance hub in the Western region for the newly introduced High Speeds Trains, the iconic trains which changed the face of Intercity travel in the UK.
While the HST fleet still operates today it is soon to be replaced after over 40 years of service by the new Hitachi Intercity Express Train, which will provide another step change in passenger experience when they begin passenger services later this year.
Tickets will go on sale shortly and demand is expected to be high for this unique event.
All profits will go to the depot’s chosen charity Place2Be, which provides mental health support for children in schools and whose patron is HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.
In May 2016 GWR’s St Philips Marsh depot raised over £20,000 for charity with a celebration of 40 years of the High Speed Train.