What a delight your website is, the photographs, the information and depth of knowledge of the railway in the South West is truly amazing. Actually, Its only fairly recently that I chanced upon your site and that is due to me getting in touch with Bernard Mills someone I feel sure you know only to well. I had seen a book in my local library written by Bernard and having got in touch with him to buy a copy he was then kind enough to sign it and send it on to me and during our conversation he the Cornwall Railway Society. Your website brings back such happy childhood memories of family holidays spent in Plymouth during the late 1950's and early 60's.
It is for that reason I am writing to you, I had my first camera, aged 11 at Christmas 1961 and the following summer we came down to Plymouth again and by this time I had become hooked on the railway. I wish I had had the opportunity (and the pocket money ! ) to take lots of photographs but I'm afraid I only have a few which, to be honest are not that good ! I naturally wish the shots I took were better but I suppose I was just learning to use a camera anyway and I just wondered if your Society would be interested in seeing them. I enclose one I took in the last week of July 1962 of 34035 Shaftesbury taking on coal at Friary Sheds I'm afraid I have no other details. As a matter of interest we stayed at a B&B in Carmarthen Road St Judes just across the park from Friary and just a short walk to Laira - I can tell you as an 11 year old train spotter it was the closest thing to heaven you could wish for.
Yours sincerely Adrian James King