You have an excellent archive of pictures.
I was playing with this one and ran it through some editing software. The enhanced version shows coaching stock parked on the stub of the old main line. Presumably the bridge in the background is the limit of shunt as I think they'd push the stock to the far end of the line, rather than leave it marooned somewhere in the middle?
Regards, John Root Many thanks for that John, not spotted before.
N.B. KJ can remember seeing from the current main line stock parked right out to the end of the line. It is understood that these coaches were, at one time, used by gentlemen with nowhere else to sleep!
The comments and the picture are interesting. When the new inland route was opened, in 1908, the stub of the old line was kept as a storage siding. It was connected to the main line by a compound crossover (single slip) and consisted of a long loop with hand-operated points at each end, which enabled engines to run round. In latter years the siding held older stock used for summer extras which would otherwise occupy the limited carriage space at Plymouth. Each spring the coaches had to be drawn out and taken to Laira or Millbay for cleaning, battery charge etc.
Wearde box was opened in 1908, replacing an older, smaller one. The box was of wooden construction but was fitted with a brick 'skirt' as some protection from bomb splinters, in 1941. Also during world war 2, the trackbed of the old pre-1908 single line between Saltash and Wearde was utilised to provide a long down goods running loop. The wartime need for long waits in loops saw a water column erected at Wearde (seen in the photo). Defiance platform was named after H.M.S.Defiance, a training ship moored below the railway at this point.
Roy Many thanks for your note Roy
The units involved were set 828 52051 59386 51936 and set 955 51933 and 52054
Trevor Hawke from Pensilva captured these classic photographs.
Many Thanks Trevor
Thanks to the timely publicity by Martin Duff on Cornwall Railways site, I was able to join this excursion from Taunton to Minehead today and ride over bits of the GW mainline and WSR that I have previously only glimpsed through a long lens. The trip was not well supported but a good time was had by all who did, especially when we went along the remains of the old Barnstaple Branch and over the zig zag crossover between Silk Mills and Norton Fitzwarren. I've given the px long titles to save on caption space and hope they all come across the ether.
Brian Message received 20.17 Many thanks for your report