Mr Vaughan's photo of Truro Shed made me open my file of Truro photos. I have two pictures (attached) which seem to add confirmation that it is indeed Truro, if additional evidence were needed (unlikely).
The first one is a Photomatic Ltd. photo dated 1936 and the 2nd is dated 08/04/1960, photographer unknown. In the 1960 photo, it appears that an "apron" has been added at some stage to the front of the shed extending the under cover area. Mr Vaughan's photo is interesting as it may be a scarce photo of the rear end of a Dean Goods 0-6-0 tender loco, what do you think?
Kind Regards . Alan
Many thanks Alan for sharing your collection with us.
The three photographs (1900-1936 and 1960) show that little changed throughout the life of the shed.
In the 1900 photo, the engine appears to be an 'Armstrong' 0-6-0 (like a Dean Goods, but with outside frames). These engines worked in Cornwall for only a short time in the 1900s. Photos of them in the Duchy are rare.
The low building with chimney in the foreground is the sand furnace, where sand for loco sandboxes was dried.
The 1936 photo shows that almost nothing had changed (except for the larger turntable -out of view).
The 1960 shot shows a light-coloured extension at the front of the shed. This was erected in 1959 for diesel servicing.
In the 1900s the allocation of Truro shed was chiefly 4-4-0s of the 3521 class (Falmouth trains and locals) Duke 4-4-0s for main line work and a selection of 0-6-0 saddle tanks.
In the first world war period, 'Aberdare' outside-framed 2-6-0 s were to be found at Truro for freight work. By the 1920s the 4-4-0s had been replaced by 43XX moguls.
Truro got two brand new 'Halls' in 1928-9 and thereafter there was always a selection of Halls and Granges, plus a dozen 45XX and the usual panniers. Truro suddenly acquired 'superstar' status in the 1950s when two 'Counties' were allocated (1007 and 1023).
As a matter of general interest, 4911 'Bowden Hall', victim of a direct hit at Keyham in April 1941, was a Truro engine at the time.
Roy Many thanks Roy
Running & Maintenance Depot
Truro motive power depot was built in 1900. The contractor was Carkeek of Redruth. The work was part of the general rebuilding of Truro station into its present form.
The shed is formed of two wings, which are visible in the picture: a 3-road engine shed on the south side, engine repair shop in the centre and carriage and wagon repairs on the north side. The depot was constructed because of inadequate repair facilities on the Cornish main line, Carn Brea being the only repair shop on the main line west of Plymouth.
Truro shed was also provided with the conventional coal stage/water tank and a turntable (replaced with a longer one for the arrival of 'Halls' in 1928.).
The design of the shed is of the standard 'Dean' layout for straight road sheds.
Truro shed replaced a wooden structure dating from 1859, sited where the car park now stands, north of the station.
Roy Many thanks Roy
at YEOVIL JCT
My attempt was foiled yesterday when 143603 failed St David's. This is the second Class 143 to receive the 'green' treatment. The first unit 143620 to be treated has yet to reach the Exeter 'Donkey Sanctuary'.
Regards Dave Many thanks David, I like the term 'Donkey Sanctuary'
A couple of very lucky breaks in the cloud recently.
Best regards. Ron. Many thanks Ron.
Three days later (8th September) was totally the opposite, very hazy with poor visibility.
MetCam Class 101 P874 was operating a service from Barnstaple
Once 954 had cleared the single line section from Cowley Bridge, P874 was able to continue its journey to Exeter, passing 33065 in the down siding as it did so.
Quite why 33065 had been dumped there I don’t know – it wasn’t there the previous day when I passed by.