November 11th at 6.30PM
Mike Fenton gives a presentation on the work of
Maurice Deane a well knwn and prolific branch line photographer.
Meeting at the Memorial Hall, Redruth Wesley.
For details of venue click here.
Friary didn't have a turntable big enough for pacifics, so they turned on Cattewater triangle.
An update by
To answer your query as to the fate awaiting the cab and bogie of former class 47 loco 47738, I have seen it reported that it is bound for 'The Cab Yard' at Bridgend, south Wales following purchase by the South Wales Loco Cab Preservation Group. The group have a website detailing their activities and the growing number of cabs in their custody including several ex main line diesel locomotives such as 'Deltic' 55021, class 50 50037 and class 58 58008. www.traincabs.co.uk takes you to this site.
As for 47738, this loco started out as D1766 and was delivered from Brush Traction at Loughborough on 22nd September 1964. Renumbered under TOPS to 47171 on 31.12.1973 it was later fitted with Electric Train Heating equipment and renumbered 47592 on 12th August 1983. Whilst still in ex-works condition it was named 'County of Avon' on 30th September at Bristol Temple Meads station and, I believe, possibly hauled one of the first Avon County Council sponsored 'Bin-Liner' trains from the then new terminals at Bath Westmoreland, Bristol Barrow Road and Westerleigh in about 1984/5. It lost the County of Avon name in November 1993 when it was converted for use as a Rail Express Systems dedicated loco and was renumbered 47738 on 13th January 1994. It was named 'Bristol Barton Hill' on 3rd February 1994 and carried the plates until 30 June 2001. Officially withdrawn on 01.01.2003 it was scrapped by S. Norton of Liverpool in March 2003 with the number 2 cab and 1/3rd section of bodywork etc being salvaged and sent down to Plymouth for use as you have already noted. The cab was first advertised for sale back in March 2015 according to a posting I found.
Looking at the pictures of the cab etc it is a great shame that it is having to move as the condition is excellent thanks to being fully restored and kept safely under cover for so many years. Hopefully it will receive some form of protection where it is going as deterioration is likely to be rapid once it becomes exposed to the ravages of the British weather!
Maybe some of your members/contributors have images of the loco in one of it's former guises they could dig out and send you as it would have been a regular visitor to Devon and Cornwall throughout it's BR career. It used to occasionally appear on the Bath/Bristol VSOE Pullman and also the Royal Scotsman back in the 1990s when it visited Cranmore for servicing. Any pictures gratefully received.
Best regards for now, Guy Vincent.
As usual much appreciated and very accurate detail from Guy Vincent - many thanks for your time and trouble Guy.