More Moorswater Colas class 70 809 Photos by Alan Peters
Many Thanks for that Alan
By Mick House
On the 7th March 2013 the last Cement train with Freightliner 66 230 hauling, arrived at Moorswater three years and three months later we see Colas 70 809 arrive light loco on an assessment, gauging and training run in readiness of the reinstatement of cement traffic up the branch.
This joint venture with Tarmac supplying the Cement, loading/unloading facilities and Colas the locos and stock will resume in July of this year.
70 809 departed Tavistock Junction at 08.32, 8 minutes early and arrived 13.00 at Tarmac, Moorswater 147 minuets late having had to go to Lostwithiel first to clear the line for service trains to pass, to make things even more difficult she was almost called upon to rescue the up Cornish Riviera Express that developed a fault and ran 35 minuets late out of Liskeard. I have no reported timings of 70 809 leaving Tarmac Moorswater but she departed Liskeard at 15.25 67 minuets early arriving at Tavistock Junction 15.59, 83 minuets early.
My thanks go to Martin Chiswell site Manager, Tarmac and his staff and Huw Phillips Traction & Rolling Stock Engineer, Colas Rail and his staff.
All text and photos by Mick House.
I arrived home this afternoon from the office in time to read about the return of the Class 70 test run from Moorswater and although it was "rather inclement " decided to leave my comfortable armchair and go and photograph it especially as, believe it or not I haven't even seen a Class 70 yet alone photograph one.
Arrived 15.02 and hung around until 15.25 with no engine in sight so wended my way up to the station to be told by a Network Rail employee that it left "2 minutes ago" !!
As some form of compensation I attach the last pictures I took of that end of the branch many moons ago and unfortunately undated.
Sid. You'll get a 70 one day Sid- thanks anyway
By the way the 70 did visit Moorswater - we're hoping for pictures.