with Paul Rundle
Regards Paul. Many thanks Paul
Craig Munday & Ron and Jenny Westwater
The final Royal Duchy of the 2016 season was worked throughout from Bristol by WCR 57314. The passengers seemed in good spirits from their seats anyway. The sun shone for the train 1Z37 through Mid Cornwall and is seen just West of Lostwithiel on the 2nd Oct.
P.S. Another well known couple were nearby.
A hundred yards down the line Jenny gets her shot,with Lostwithiels distant signal just in view.
Nice to meet Craig Munday here.
B Regards, Ron and Jenny Westwater
1966 was a really black year for the railways of South West England with many line closures. Residents of some communities suddenly found themselves 30 to 40 miles from the nearest railway station. The year started with the closure of the Somerset and Dorset line, and October 1966 was a particularly bad month with several lines closed on the first weekend in the month. All the lines had been through the TUCC appeal procedure. The lines down for closure in Autumn 1966 were:
Bristol - Weymouth local trains on 3 October 1966
Yatton - Clevedon on 3 October 1966
Yeovil Junction - Yeovil Town on 3 October 1966 but the service survived until 1 March 1967
Taunton - Barnstaple Junction on 3 October 1966
Okehampton - Wadebridge on 3 October 1966
Halwill - Bude on 3 October 1966
Callington - Gunnislake on 7 November 1966
Ilfracombe - Barnstaple Junction 3 October 1966 *
Liskeard - Looe on 3 October 1966 *
St Erth - St Ives on 3 October 1966 *
Padstow - Bodmin Road already approved by the Minister of Transport but not closed until 30 January 1967
The British Railways office at Lynton on 3 October 1966
* Although the closure of Ilfracombe to Barnstaple Junction had been approved by the Minister of Transport the line somehow hung on until closure on 5 October 1970. Does anyone know the full story of the four year delay.
* Both St Erth - St Ives and Liskeard - Looe were reprieved by the Minister of Transport at the last moment and history has proved this to have been a wise decision. The Minister used PSO Grants to support the passnger services on the lines to St Ives and Looe. Public Service Obligation Grants are still around and it is believed they are used to support flights from Newquay Airport to Gatwick.
Due to the economic situation prevailing in the Autumn of 1966 the Western Region planned the withdrawal of individual lightly loaded passenger, parcels and freight trains. They also rationalised services on the Barnstaple, Kingswear and Exmouth Branches and many others. It was reported that the Plymouth to Penzance line was to be modernised involving the singling of long stretches, with the possibility that one new signal box would be built to control the whole length of the line. Fifty years on it has still not happened.
However, here's a few pics I took there in August 1970, when members of the Taunton GWS group were on a trip to the then Dart Valley Rly and called in for a quick look around. Besides 1450 & 1638 being stored there, 7827 was being restored in the old goods shed and we saw 4555 leave to take up duty at Buckfastleigh as Ashburton at that time was used as the loco depot.
cheers JOHN C. Many thanks John, Memories are made of this
This tour didn't work out as planed because the assigned Gresley V2 had been failed before the off and Bulleid original West Cuntry no. 34002 Salisbury was substituted. The V2 did make its way to Basingstoke but was again failed and so took no part in the day's events. However, one can reasonably assume thain glorious sunshine.the participants enjoyed the tour's other major event which was Ivatt 2MT 'Mickey Mouse' 2-6-2T no. 41298 traversing the Weymouth Quay Tramway as depicted here on the outward leg. The train has just passed under Town Bridge and is heading for the Quay station.
[Mike Morant collection]