Hybred Class 150/9 working to Exmouth & Barnstaple
Roger Winnen & Roger Salter
Having got across on the last ferry I went to the milk depot and was told that the first lorry out wouldn't be until six - so nothing gained there.
Ah well, back to Plymouth!
I waited on the platform at Saltash only to be told by the signalman to buzz off - as the last train in from Plymouth went back empty stock to Millbay. The last train duly came in and I had a word with the guard, a kindly chap, who, having listened to my begging allowed me on board the 'steam auto'. The lights were put out and we travelled back though the 'sleeping city'. At Cornwall Loop Junction, before it went off to Millbay, the train stopped long enough for me to get off and I wandered back to the welcoming lights of North Road along the track! For several reasons that wouldn't happen today!
Another story which I believe to be true. Undertakers driving a hearse were given preferential treatment in the ferry queue providing they carried a coffin. Because of this crafty undertakers used to carry a spare 'collapsed coffin' on board and having deposited the deceased on the Plymouth side put the spare coffin together and drove to the front of the queue for the return journey - with an empty coffin - crafty!!
True or False?
SRS records, both diagram and lever lead tables, show Wheal Busy Siding No 4 to have been the DOWN Main Starting. At face value therefore the attribution would appear to be incorrect. Although layouts did alter over time, it is likely that any revised description in later years would have been by a ‘traffolite’ plate, nor would that account for the apparent change in direction.
To be frank, there were many signal-boxes where No 4 would have been the Advanced Starting signal (either Up or Down – eg Drump Lane No 4 was the Down Advanced Starting). Without additional information on the plate more specific to the location, it can be impossible to identify the origin for certain.
Definitely not from Wheal Busy.. No 4 lever there was the down starter (the box being on the up side).
Wheal Busy up starter was no 28 in the frame.