What happened next? - John Ball
In 1967 I was cycling in the Bodmin area and stopped by Dunmere Crossing in the hope of seeing the Wenford goods. It duly appeared, and the crew kindly offered me a trip up the line (Lucky you). On returning to Dunmere Junction, the train performed a gravity shunt using the stub of the Bodmin North line, as per the attached photo. I've never seen any other photographic record of this manoeuvre. Was this unusual? Regards John
Can anybody answer this please? The line from Dunmere Junction to Boscarne Sidings was freight only by this time (Bodmin North had closed to passengers 30th January 1967). Maybe, having pushed the stock a short distance up the branch, the loco recessed onto the Wenford line while the stock was gravitated a short distance towards Boscarne and the loco connected for a controlled descent back to Boscarne. This would have seen it the right way round for the subsequent haul up to Bodmin General without the need for a 'run round' at Boscarne.
With Bodmin North gone, there was no problem.
It all ended in December 1967 when the whole line became a long siding, under the control of the shunter.