Network Rail Measurement train.
By Mick House.
I was able to capture the HST at Gwinear Road and Wheal Busy Crossing. Just for a change I have used going away shots. Words and photos by Mick House.
The picture below was purchased from e-bay by Paul Burkhalter for a few pounds as being 'Near Devonport'. We all at first thought that it was of the Wearde deviation in Cornwall under construction, but certain things didn't ring true.
However following publication on this website of the picture Ross Griffiths came up with the suggestion that it was not in Cornwall at all but in Devon on the Kingswear branch.
A little history courtesy of Wikipedia.
The line was built by the Dartmouth and Torbay Railway opening to Brixham Road station (Churston) on 14th March 1861 and on to Kingswear on 10 August 1864. The Dartmouth and Torbay Railway was always operated by the South Devon Railway and was amalgamated with it on 1 January 1872. This was only short-lived as the South Devon Railway was in turn amalgamated into the GWR on 1 February 1876. Brixham Road became a junction and was renamed "Churston" on 1 January 1868 when the independent Torbay and Brixham Railway opened its short line.
The line was single-track except for a crossing loop at Churston. It had been built using the 7 ft (2,134 mm) broad gauge but on 21 May 1892 was converted to 4 ft 8 1⁄2 inch standard gauge.
West of Greenway Tunnel the railway was originally carried across two creeks on low timber viaducts, that at Longwood being 200 yards (183 m) long and Noss being 170 yards (155 m). These were demolished after the line was moved inland around the creeks on 20 May 1923.
I've been studying the picture that was recently submitted by Paul Burkhalter that was causing a certain degree of intrigue. At first I too thought this showed the St Germans deviation under construction but a few things didn't add up. After doing quite a bit of research online I now believe that this is the construction of the Noss Creek deviation on the Kingswear line and the grand building in the background is actually Dartmouth Naval College.
This is a link to the national archive for the contract for RT Relf to carry out the works:
This link makes mention of signalling referred to as 'Noss Deviation':
Using Google maps the alignment of the line, the river and the college does seem to be correct (the tower in particular looks like that of the college as viewed from this angle).
All the best,