Our first indoor meeting of the CORNWALL RAILWAY SOCIETY will take place on the 3rd Saturday September 16th 2023- This change is for just one month only
Just a quick shot at just after 5pm (3rd September 2023) from my usual vantage point, following Guy’s usual excellent update. See below.
Tide coming in on the Plym, RFA Tidespring on C Buoy in the Sound. Laira Yard looking a bit sparse after the recent industrial action; at least one spare power car on the sidings. It looks like 43091 in the faded blue is still under the hoist. I think that’s a Castle set in the middle of the Yard, but what is the short one on the fifth track from Embankment Road? Looks like a spare power car but seems to have been showing tail lights for days!
Regards to all, Trevor Tremethick.
The Castle class fleet reduction continues with the following power cars recently removed from service:
43040 & 43097 last day in traffic 29th August.
43172 last reported workings took place on 14th August.
43192 and 43194 last reported workings took place on 24th August.
43097 and 43194 are believed to be having their power units exchanged, 43192 is believed to be surrendering its power equipment to 43186.
I have recently learned that 43010 and 43016 are due for storage during September and 43042 and 43094 are to be placed on restricted duties to save mileage. 43093 has been in similar status since June although repairs are underway. 43004, stored for some time now, is also understood to be under repair. This is the oldest PC at Laira (built in late 1975) and was originally part of HST set 253002 when it entered service at Bristol St Philips Marsh in September 1976.
The big question now hanging over the 'Castle' fleet is: How many more will be making the trip to Mexico? Obviously those that go need to be in good mechanical order so once stopped at Laira it remains to be seen if any will return to use in the west country or be sent for export.
- over the period June to August 2023 we had 1,286 entries to our In box - more of course went to Roger and added of this some were his own.
Keep up the good work, keep them coming, many thanks to all.