Padstow station and area.
The site is extremely detailed and illustrated with excellent maps and photographs. Wait no longer, click on it and you'll be delighted and amazed.
Hi Keith, The updated Disused Stations Padstow section is now live: http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/p/padstow/index.shtml. Martin James was the author of the original page. I researched and wrote the majority of the image captions and Nick Catford put it all together.
Regards, Darren Kitson
I do quite a lot of work for Nick Catford's Disused Stations website. We are currently working on updating the Padstow pages and I have been doing research in connection with this.
The photograph below appears on your website, with a question regarding the train at the platform and I may be able to help.
The train on the left is entering, not at, the platform and this is the reason for the blur in the foreground. It is a single-unit DMU, as it that stabled on the loop. Behind the railcar on the loop are some more vehicles; I cannot identify them but may be the stock for used for the school train.
I suspect the photograph was taken on a Saturday when, during the summer, a service from Wadebridge arrived at Padstow during the afternoon (one timetable shows it arriving 2.14pm) with another from Bodmin North arriving twenty minutes later. Regulations would have required the 2.14pm arrival to clear the platform, thus this will be the railcar stabled on the loop. Return workings are a little unclear; there was a 2.52pm departure for Bodmin North followed by a 3.13pm departure for Wadebridge which appears to have continued, for some odd reason, as a separate service to Bodmin Road although this may have been a separate train. What is unclear is that both departures from Padstow ran every weekday so apart from on Saturdays there must have been some empty stock working or two railcars coupled together in the Down direction Monday - Friday.
I must stress that the above is just my conclusion and is not confirmed evidence. Nonetheless I might help to answer the question with the photograph on your website.
While I am here, so to speak, I have been trying to determine details of the demolition (or track lifting) train on the Padstow branch, assuming a train was used and the work wasn't done using road vehicles and plant. Would you be able to throw any light on this?
Thanks and regards,
Can anybody answer Darrens question please.
BR South Devon