Watch out for it in Cornwall tomorrow
Penzance arrive 13.33 depart 14.27
An early start but 4 different locos seen in a few hours on Thursday 26th May, 2016...is it really Cornwall
The first visit of a Class 68 to Cornwall
Many Thanks David
Readers may wonder about the strange chimney: 5744 and 3709 of the same class came to Truro in 1960 from Didcot, where they had been fitted with wild west type spark arrestors for shunting in the vast Milton ordnance depot (latterly the site of Didcot power station). They came to Truro when that depot closed, with the spark arrestors still fitted.
Truro crews found that the spark arrestors hindered the draughting, making the engines poor steamers on sustained running such as Falmouth or Perranporth runs, so the arrestors were removed. I recall that this little stovepipe chimney gave the engines a rasping 'bark'. Both engines were regularly seen on Perranporth and Falmouth trains. When Truro closed to steam in March 1962, 3709 was transferred to Exeter and 5744 to Westbury.