While at Bristol Temple Meads yesterday I was fortunate enough to be able to take a few shots of Colas Rail's 'retro' class 37 no 37057 resplendent in it's original British Railways green livery. The loco is obviously very well cared for with clean paintwork and absolutely no signs of rust anywhere! Particularly nice touches are the working headcode boxes and authentic builders plates on each cabside (4 in total). Also notice the frost protection grilles over the radiators.
You will be interested to know that 37057 with it's structure gauging train consisting of coaches 9708 977985 and 977986 is due to cover lines in Devon and Cornwall this coming week. According to Real Time Trains it leaves Bristol at 1800hrs on Monday 6th and will be covering the Plymouth Friary and Gunnislake branches before stabling at Laira (arr 0125). Tuesday 7th it does 1850 Laira-Exeter Riverside (arr 2250) via Burngullow Jctn then on Wednesday 8th a 1535 departure from Riverside to Yeovil Jctn and back (arr 1930) so hopefully some of your locals can get shots of this rare visitor.
With best regards, Guy V Many thanks Guy - if only it was in daylight.
Harry Patch in trouble
On Friday last (3rd) 1A73 0546 Exeter St Davids-Paddington unexpectedly ran into trouble approaching Castle Cary when leading power car 43172 'Harry Patch' reportedly suffered a problem with one of it's axles. The train terminated at Castle Cary with the relatively few passengers on board neatly transferring onto the 2D05 0640 Weymouth-Bristol Parkway DMU service. 43172 was detached from it's train then slowly moved into the up siding just west of the station where it remains today. The rest of the train, powered only by 43094, departed as 5Z77 1030 CLC-Laira TMD.
Here are 5 images of 43172 standing just beyond the partly dismantled former GWR brick goods shed, next to the 1980s signalling relay room. The former wartime replacement signal box ( built in 1942, demolished in 1985) stood between the main line and the siding directly in front of the goods shed. Recovery, either by rail or road, now awaits 43172. Many thanks Guy
Click here to go to the Chacewater - Newquay Collection and scroll down to to St Agnes. There is a new picture of the bridge over the old A30 at Blackwater as well - enjoy.