41 Years Apart
The Westbury Avoiding line passes to the south of the station and yards and runs from Heywood Road Junction (east of Westbury) to Fairwood Junction (to the west). There is a public foot crossing on the line close to the Penleigh Park housing estate and over the years countless enthusiasts have doubtless made the short journey from the station to this location to see trains not booked to call at Westbury pass by at high speed. I first discovered 'the fly-line' as it was described to me back in 1976 and took a few Instamatic colour prints of trains there.
Here are some images: 1) from the hot summer of August 1976 with D1048 'Western Lady' on an up express and 2) from today, 3rd August 2017, showing 975025 'Caroline' propelled by privately owned but DRS-operated 37403 'Isle of Mull' on a Willesden-Exeter-Willesden Network Rail Inspection run. The fields beyond the railway are due to disappear under 300 houses in the next year or two. Easy access has already been denied to the station from this area by the blocking-up of one of the footpaths. As part of the development a bridge will be built. This will take a new road from Penleigh over the railway and across to Westbury station. The crossing itself has recently been equipped with red & green lights and audible 'yodel' alarms activated by approaching trains (Images 3 & 4).
Images 5 and 6 show the original cast iron GWR Trespass notices that were in place from 1933 when the line was opened until the late 1980s when they were removed.
Many Thanks Guy
Tuesday 8th August Exeter New Yard to Penzance via Falmouth Docks
Wednesday 9th August Penzance to Exeter New Yard via Parkandillack and Fowey
Also in August there is an engineers booked for the Falmouth branch, this one is a bit curious because it does a mini tour of Cornwall visiting Penzance and Camborne before Falmouth (not on the same day). There are no times for any down and back run from in/out of the county and there are times missing out in between runs, but it says booked for a diesel locomotive with 715 tonnes load with a 60mph limit. A bit of a mystery at the moment it could be engineers with loco it could also well be a track machine, but one to keep half an eye on in case we get surprised:
Sunday 6th August Penzance to Truro Yard
Tuesday 8th August Camborne to Penzance
Wednesday 9th August Par to Penryn
Friday 11th August Camborne to Penzance second time
Make of the above what you will! Kind Regards
Karl (Friends Of Penmere Station),
As usual many thanks to Karl for keeping an eye on Real Time Trains
Something completely different for CRS, You'll remember me telling you of my back garden project (The 'Work' Halt in the back garden past Exeter St Davids being the catalyst for the idea). Pleasee find the enclosed shots of my project (The name is ficticious of course, it comes from a Status Quo song called 'Backwater' by the way) in full summer bloom too (My Wife Pauline loves gardening you see) It took me around a year to complete it from start to finish
All the Best, Andrew
Many thanks Andrew and Pauline, what a good idea. Congratulations.