6C24 with 70802 passes Crugwallins, followed just after an hour later by 70805 / 806 top n tailed on 6C25 taken at Coombe in a lucky splash of sunlight.
A patchy day with lovely bursts of sunlight that eluded me unfortunately.
These weren't too bad in the circumstances.
All the best, Craig Many thanks Craig
Track renewals between Redruth & Truro
Day two at Cardrew.
By Mick House Andrew Triggs and Roger Winnen.
Today we have two trains of Ballast, the first hauled by 70 802 and the second top and tailed by 70 805 & 70 807
Photos By Mick House and Roger Winnen.
Colas DCR 78226 & DCR 78235 Heavy Duty Twin Jib Rail Cranes.
By Mick House and Roger Aston.
Here are two interesting (at least I think so) pictures from Westbury which you may find interesting.
They show Standard 5 73018 with a freight standing in the up goods loop at Westbury station.
I have no exact idea of the date but my notes simply say "one of the very last freights to enter Westbury station". That would put it at 1967 - possibly March ? The last freights were 9th July I believe.
73018 was , at the time, a Guilford loco (withdrawn July 67) which makes sense.
The train clearly shows some 9-10 china clay wagons ahead of some ventilated vans (I think). My Uncle worked on the railway (based at Westbury). He feels that normally, full china clay trains worked up to Stoke via Bristol but occasionally via Castle Cary and Westbury(especially if the train was short). Empties generally came back to Cornwall via Bath, Trowbridge, Westbury etc. He feels that being a short train, it could have been terminated at Castle Cary and headed onwards (eventually) at the head of a perishables from Weymouth to the Midlands, hence the Standard which would have worked the perishables from Weymouth. That would likely explain the vans at the rear.
The train would have been worked onwards from Westbury by diesel but at that time the steam engine would likely have worked light engine on through Trowbridge to turn at Bradford Junction - Westbury turntable being out of use by that time.
Anyway, at age 11(ish) I knew little of this but was fortunate to get the photos. My friend Tony has just crept into one of the pictures.
Hopefully this will be of interest (especially as its a china clay train).
I'd be interested in other people's comments.
Martin Many thanks Martin
Although it worked a freight in Cornwall the next day that was it.
Did RW get 1013 on the ballast train on the 23 / 2 1977 at St ERTH , it left about 0930 i never saw it .
Cheers ROGER GEACH ps RW i think you were on this ?
Real nostalgia - I saw the return trip at Redruth - Many thanks
1367,1368,1370. I only had a box camera in those days and took a pic of 1368,one of my first pics. Of course a box camera with a 25th sec shutter was not much good for moving shots but ok for statics.
I only have a few pics of my first attempts most of which were taken on Gratispool free films with paper negatives and not very sharp,so most were consigned to the waste bin. Luckily that day at Weymouth I was using a Kodak film,so the results were better,although it was the only railway pic I took. cheers JOHN C.
Brings back memories for me too John, also on an early visit I was most surprised to see steam - in the streets too. Many thanks.