Regarding the pictures of wagons in distress at Parkandillack, it appears that the buffer stop at the end of the head shunt was given a hard time in the 1970s and 1980s! These are two separate incidents – Roger Winnen’s photo is dated 18th April 1974, but the other pile-up can be dated to the 1980s by the blanked headcode panel on the Class 47 powering the breakdown train, as well as the type and condition of the other wagons involved. Plate 237 in John Vaughan’s book “The Newquay Branch and its Branches” confirms that clearing up the mess did not include removing the 13-ton clay wagon which was left on its side to rot away amid the gorse bushes! I’ve checked the angles of both photographs and I’m convinced it’s the same wagon. Presumably the head shunt buffer stop was moved forward to undamaged track nearer the clay works, leaving the mangled wagon isolated. Of course the possibility remains that it was the victim of both impacts with the second shunting error simply finishing the job started by the first one! That would require the unfortunate B743078 to have been perched on top of the buffer stop for a good many years – unlikely I think, but does anyone recall seeing it there during the late 1970s? - Regards, Neil Phillips Many thanks Neil
The weather was predictably gloomy, but some shots were taken for the record showing 66847 touring the area.
Seen at Par, in a burst of sunshine, Truro & Resparveth.
Cheers, Craig Many thanks Craig for enlightening us!