Goes home to Hayle
Bumped into our own Roger Winnen in Hayle this evening as I visited my home town to see the Man Engine paraded in Foundry Square as part of the 10th anniversary. 150247 provided some up to date entertainment on the viaduct as the Man Engine "strutted his stuff" below. Very impressive it was too.
43148 in the attractive Bristol livery glided over the viaduct with the flowers in bloom & a high tide, making a very colourful sight. Other trains during the evening are also featured. Such clear light - a perfect end to an August evening.
Earlier in the day 66023 departed Lostwithiel with 6G07.
Kind regards, Craig
Many thanks Craig- this came in a little late for yesterdays news.
As always, thoroughly enjoying the site.
Having a peruse of the Bull Point branch page today and something caught my eye - the picture that is captioned 'A class 22 with a long freight Copyright Sid Sponheimer' struck me as unusual as there's something about the nose of the locomotive that doesn't seem quite right for a 22 - on closer inspection I think this may actual be a Class 41? Which makes the picture even more of a gem as only 5 were produced so quite a rare loco to spot!
According to Wikipedia all five Class 41's were eventually based at Laira and towards the end of their working life were largely constrained to only working West of Plymouth, which would correlate with the location in the picture.
Be interesting if we could narrow down the exact number but alas that may be a stretch too far. Can anybody help?
Hope this is of use - if in fact I'm correct!
Best regards, Ross.
Another chance for us to see this Gem from Sid Sponheimer - any error in the caption is mine - KJ. The Bull Point branch in the foreground. Thanks for your query Ross.
I wonder if you would be able to answer a question about Bodmin Road station.
In this picture taken by me:
(and also on one picture on your own site showing the opposite end of the station) it is apparent that the nameboard has a sliding panel which presumably conceals some text intended to be visible only intermittently.
Do you have any idea what the text was? I posted the question on www.rmweb.co.uk/, but nobody knew the answer for certain. Someone suggested it might be "For Lanhydrock House"; someone else, more romantically inclined, suggested "For the Lost Land of Lyonesse".
I would be very interested to know for sure.
Best wishes Andy Kirkham
Many thanks to Andy for his letter and suggestions - can anybody help please. See below.
After the closures of the mid-sixties there was an attempt by BR to reduce the number of stops in Cornwall, in order to speed up services. One wheeze was to run Newquay services to and from Bodmin Road. This would avoid some main line trains stopping at Par. The Newquay DMU would run up to Bodmin Road (thus serving Lostwithiel as well) and terminate there. Between trains, the DMU was shunted into the up refuge (today's Bodmin and Wenford exchange siding).
The nameboard at Bodmin Road was adjusted according to whether there was a Newquay connection at that time. The mystery words are
The runaway train
I actually rode behind this loco on a railtour in terrible weather that took us around the LSWR route to Plymouth.
[Mike Morant collection