Bideford, Appledore & Westward Ho! Railway
Saturday 2nd September, 2017
Roger Winnen 01736 350048 or Mobile 0777 380 8074 (Not Friday Evening between 19.15 and 21.30)
In the event of inclement weather a decision will be made on Friday Morning as to the running of this trip as most of the area is without shelter from the rain.
PURCHASE AN OFF PEAK DAY RETURN TO BARNSTAPLE
Penzance 06.30 St Erth 06.28 Camborne 06.51 Redruth 06.57 Truro 07.09 St Austell 07.25 Par 07.32 Bodmin Parkway 07.46 Liskeard 07.58 Plymouth 08.21 arr Exeter St David's arr 09.20 Depart Platform 3 at 09.27 Barnstaple arrive10.35
Please use the facilities on-board the train before alighting as there is a six minute connection with the bus.
Bus 21 From Barnstaple Station 10.41 to Bideford Quay arr 11.08
We look around the Bideford Quay area before departing on Service 15 to Appledore at 11.43 arrival at Appledore 12.01 to explore the station area and the historic port.
View the The Bideford Westward Ho! and Appledore Railway carriage shed as we depart Bideford from the upper deck of the Double Decker.
We return to Bideford on the Service 15 at 12.35 from Appledore arrivng near the carriage shed at 12.50
We cross the road to view the shed and head for the next bus stop for a Service 21 to Westward Ho which departs from Bideford Quay at 12.57. This bus will arrive at Westward Ho! At 13.12
The bus service terminates in the area of the old station which nothing now remains
However by following the coastal footpath we soon come across a bridge which carried the railway over a small lane which lead to the beach. We have time to follow the coastal path which was the railway until 1917 passing Seafield and Morley House to give spectacular views across to Lundy Island and the North Devon coastline.
We return on Service 15 from Westward Ho! At 14.46 arriving at Bideford Quay at 15.01 giving us time for a short visit Bideford Railway Station.
Returning to Bideford Quay we again catch Service 21 at 16.06 to Barnstaple Railway Station arrive 16.32
The train departs Barnstaple at 17.08 arriving Exeter St David's 18.23/18.46 Plymouth 19.48 Liskeard 20.11 Bodmin Parkway 20.23 Par 20.35 St Austell 20.41 Truro 21.02 Redruth 21.13 Camborne 21.19 St Erth 21.31 Penzance 21.40
Best Regards, Chris Harvey Thanks Chris
in Mid and West Cornwall
I was really sad to hear about the passing of Sid. I've always revelled at his 1970 hydraulic pictures, especially around Scorrier. His wonderful name conjured up a name from the USA film industry to me, and I'm sure he was a real character. His pictures will live on of course.
Back to the Bank Holiday weekend, which saw me in Mid & West Conrwall, at Penzance in that wonderful heat, watching the pirates gather for the world record event.
43002 made an appearance and looked fantastic in the sunshine, the BR blue livery complimenting the azure blue of the sea across Mounts Bay. I see the "fever pitch" observations of the first GWR HSTs going off lease, and suggest everyone capture these wonderful trains in their coats of many colours in the coming 18 months. I've always felt ambivalent abpout these trains, especially as they wiped out our beloved engine & coaches services. But I admit a hint of regret as an enthusiast that they're going to be replaced by the Hitachi IET sets. The 4 coach HST sets will remain on semi-local services for some time though.
The down sleepers was photographed racing down to Probus on Monday morning, the green GWR livery was off-set by the forecasted silver glint of the fast rising sun. How remarkably clean the trains on the network are today compared to yesteryear. The semaphores around Par & St Blazey also looked grand with the colourful red sky behind them too.
Kind regards, Craig Many thanks indeed Craig