HST in Largin sand drag
Steve writes :- I've just been perusing the Largin section of the photos on the website, and one caption mentions a rumour about an HST entering the sand drag there. I can confirm, as the signalman on duty that night the event did take place. The train concerned was the down Golden Hind driven by Penzance driver Johnnie Brown. LN8 signal was at danger as an up empty coaching stock train was on the single line as the Hind approached. I was a little shocked to say the least to see not only the train pass LN8 signal but the whole train went past! When the driver rang me I was a little surprised but greatly relieved to hear the train hadn't derailed knowing that it wasn't full size rail in the sand drag. Fortunately the train was able to reverse from the sand drag unassisted. I can't remember the exact date of the event, but I was at Largin from May 1980 until January 1981 when I moved to Par signal box
Regards, Steve Rickett Member No 1801
Further enquiries were made concerning this incident as we did not wish to offend Johnnie Brown by embarrassing him. Terry Addicoat was the guard on that train and advises us of the fact that the power car and half the first coach ran on into the sand drag. Terry says the service was an additional train laid on on a Friday night after the Golden Hind. Terry said that the train slid on leaves on wet rails. Johnnie could do nothing about it. Johnnie, now, unfortunately the late Johnnie Brown, was not embarrassed by the incident as it was most definitely not his fault. After finishing his driving career Johnnie remained in railway service until retirement. Many thanks to both Steve and Terry for their contributions.
19th March 2003