First sighted at Lostwithiel
Kind regards Craig. Many thanks Craig
report by Robert Lindley
This years event proved to be a very populat attraction for both young and old alike. Plenty of interest was had in the workings, many doubleheaded with also freight and parcel trains incoporated into the timetable.
Full credit goes to the South Devon Railway for its organisation and the splendid timekeeping throughout the day. A Day to Remember!
Magnificent Millbay Picture
Many thanks Andy
A really interesting picture which I have never seen before. It was taken out of a window of the Continental Hotel ( now the New Continental Hotel) which is in Millbay Road. I suggest you use it and ask the owner to come forward and claim it
Lots of interesting things to note; here is just some of them, going left to right
The bulk of a cinema in Union Street. I can remember queueing here 60 years ago to see Walt Disney's latest film about Davy Crockett. Later it was the Majestic Ballroom and I can remember going there several times 45 years ago. Its now being advertised as The Revival Prayer Centre.
A water column with no bag; dating the photo after the end of steam.
Trucks being unloaded in the open; most were done much further to the left under cover.
The Roman Catholic Cathedral (top) with its tall spire.
Several Mk 1 coaches, including a Buffet Restaurant Car.
The Harwell Street dmu depot (top) used before Laira was built.
4 tracks coming down from Plymouth Station. The left hand arch, leading direct to Cornwall, appears to be trackless.
The carriage shed, and below it the large signal box
The Western Approach dual carriageway
The van, which is in Union Street and which passes under the railway in a long dark bridge.
Missing; not a single locomotive in sight
Hope this helps.
Mike Many thanks Mike.
I go for about 1965/6. The carriage sidings in the foreground replaced the old platforms in 1959. The Goods and Passenger lines to Cornwall junction were reversed at the same time (i.e. the main lines in front of the box, leading to the old platforms, became 'carriage lines'). The picture was taken after the opening of Plymouth Panel box (colour lights visible in the distance & Cornwall junction box missing).
The Cornwall loop indeed seems to be trackless; it went in 1964.
There are some Southern Bullied coaches, so trains are still running to Okehampton, I'd say.
Millbay box had 115 levers and closed in December 1969.
This was, of course, the wooden staff for 'One Engine in Steam working between Goonbarrow Junction and Carbean/ Gunheath. The line was very lightly built and was restricted to the smallest locomotives. The Cornwall Minerals Railway used tiny 0-6-0 saddle tanks, often working in pairs. There was an engine shed at Stenalees.
Goonbarrow Junction got its name when the branch opened in 1893: previous to that there was a box there called Rosevear Siding. A small box (13 levers) called Goonbarrow Junction opened in 1893 and was replaced by the present box in 1910.
The line was worked in later years by Hawksworth 1600 class panniers and a pair of these were shedded at SBZ for this purpose, until 1962.
In October 1964, the double line from Goonbarrow to Bugle was taken out of use and Bugle box became Bugle GF. At the same time, wooden staff working ceased on the Goonbarrow and Carbis branches. Both lines were now worked as long sidings (regulation C2 working) and the Goonbarrow branch lifted beyond New Caudledown.
Care of Mike Morant