15.30 3rd April 2016
Two trains have collided in platform 6 at Plymouth station, sadly there are injuries.. See national press for details.
Growing Excitement at Crewkerne
'Tornado' hits Devon today!
with the 'Devon Belle'
Photographs by John Cornelius Roger Winnen, Roger Salter and David Tozer
I was a member of St Austell College photographic club, at the time and we managed to gain access, by a simple polite request!
Western Cavalier can be seen on its way to Truro, soon to pass one of the many telegraph poles, a long lost feature of the railway scene.
I apologise for the foggy internal shot, which was last on the roll, but included it, as it has, a certain period charm.
Best wishes Andrew Jones Many thanks to you Andrew.
The shots of St Austell box were fascinating: I remember being allowed to work the box back in the sixties. The box had a 43 lever frame dating from 1907. The frame was of the old 'double twist' type, with the levers at 5 inch centres -it was relocked in modern tappet form in 1931 when the layout was extended with a new goods loop and the new goods yard at the Par end. St Austell had an early form of illuminated diagram - not like the modern ones with little red lights to show the position of trains, but with large white lights the size of an old half-crown. As trains moved on to each track circuit, there was a loud 'thump' as the mechanism worked and a new light was illuminated. Thus the signalman didn't have to look up to see where a train was, he could hear it! This splendid old diagram was saved, re-wired and now serves at Bewdley South on the Severn Valley Railway.
Info from Roy Hart - many thanks.