Info from BLN
Construction is expected to start in the Autumn. On opening in December 2017 the constraints of the timetable will restrict the frequency to less than hourly. December 2018 should see the introduction of a full stopping service.
News of the bridge deck renewal at Saveock on the Threemilestone to Chacewater road had me looking up these two photos of double-headers heading east from around 40 years ago. In the two years between them the diesel-hydraulic era had ended and so had the use of headcodes, although I believe they show the same train – 1M74 was regularly double-headed in the mid-1970s.
- D1056 Western Sultan leads classmate D1036 Western Emperor at the head of train 1M74 at Saveock on a sunny 21st May 1975.
- Two years later ‘Hoover’ 50024 pilots ‘Peak’ 45031 past the same location on what is believed to be the same service on a not so sunny 25th June 1977.
Best regards, Neil Phillips Many thanks Neil
The Kissing Gate.
By Mick House.
As you will see in the photos the gate is missing but the owners still have it, but it is in a sorry state along with the curved fence section, the three Bullhead rail posts two are still set in concrete are not in to bad a condition, the lamppost is in good condition being of cast-iron but missing it’s top lamp section.
Alongside this are two sections of Brunel’s Broad Gauge track that formed the fence posts of the footpath adjacent to the gate (standard GWR practise). This gate formed the entrance down a sloping footpath to the station platform.
If you are not familiar with the operation of a kissing gate I have included a plan view reconstruction.
Words, Drawing and Photos by Mick House.
Runs again this weekend to the Westcountry
The train runs Empty Coaching Stock dep 11.21 to Penzance arrive 12.16
The return working shows Penzance depart at 15.31 to St Austell arr 16.22. The train departs St Austell 16.30 Bodmin Parkway 16.53/16.58 Plymouth 17.35/18.01 and Swansea arr 22.16
Many Thanks to Martin Duff for the information supplied and also to Karl Hewlett for his advice as well.