St James Park
Regards, Clive Smith
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The Roger Report
I spoke to Roger last night at Bodmin Hospital. He has a swelling on his leg, and is being treated with antibiotics. They say they are hoping to move him nearer Penzance early next week. He remains his cheerful self and continues to enjoy the good food. Thank you for your various best wishes. KJ.
'Talking Railways' I guess!!
Progress at the Park
St James Park
Keith, I had to visit my GP's Surgery for a blood test today. Located in Southernhay I walked in and diverted via St James' Park. Still work in progress.
Many thanks David.
67027 top and tails with 67023 on the rear with the 1Q18 06.11 Reading Triangle - Paignton via Penzance - Network Rail test train. The return leg from Cornwall is seen here at Daveys Bridge east of Ivybridge station, a convenient fifteen minute exercise walk from my house.
Regards, Clive Smith
Many thanks Clive.
First delivery of new sleepers for
Driver Alan Peters writes :-
The first of many railway sleeper trains to Okehampton took place on the evening of 13th January with Colas class 70's top and tailing loaded Salmon wagons to Okehampton where concrete sleepers are being stockpiled to relay the Dartmoor line, The first picture shows 70809 is seen waiting at Credition to enter the possession to Okehampton 70815 was on the rear of the train. The second picture of 70809 on arrival at Okehampton where the sleepers are being off loaded in the car park, which is now the Network Rail compound for the upgrade works.
PLEASE NOTE -It has been decided to cover this extensive project in a new feature see Item 2102 in our Features 2021 section - please click here and scroll as necessary.
Many thanks Alan - a load of lovely new sleepers.
Refurbishment begins at
Bristol T. M. '21
Since Christmas work has started on preparing the main train shed at Bristol Temple Meads for a much needed refurbishment. The current roof was substantially repaired and rebuilt between 1988 and 1991 but sadly appears to have received little if any maintenance since then. Thick moss and a considerable amount of grass can be seen thriving on the outside of the glazed areas and this in turn will have caused water to become trapped and start to seep through the joints and degrade the main fabric of the roof. Contractors have been assembling the first runs of scaffolding and building up protective hoardings that will remain in place for the duration of the project. These pictures were taken over the past fortnight.
Many thanks Guy for this report and pictures at the start of work, we look forward to seeing the progress as the year progresses.
The pack is being shuffled at Bath Road on 29th January 1983 as 33021 manoeuvres with another unidentified 33. Many a happy hour was spent at the end of the platforms at Temple Meads watching the comings and goings off the 'shed'. I never called them depots. Probably a hangover from my steam spotting days. Regards Clive.
Many thanks Clive.
Test train near
Hi Keith, My daily walk took me across the Southern line again today, for the monthly visit of Network Rail's test train,
top-n-tailed by Colas 67027 and 67023. Location half mile West of Crewkerne, photo attached.
Stay safe, Bill
Many thanks Bill.
Test train at
North Crofty Jct.
Good afternoon Keith,
Today saw the first test train of 2021 formed of the Colas 67s vice New Measurement Train.
I hope Roger makes a speedy recovery following his fall.
Thanks, Mark Lynam
The signalbox for North Crofty Junction was located on the up side beyond the leading locomotive. The official date of the closure of the signalbox and the removal of the branch was 7th November 1947.
Thank you Mark.
Work is set to begin on the construction of the late running Marsh Barton Railway Station next month.
The station should have been up and running in December 2016, but delays, spiralling costs and protracted discussions with the rail industry led to the plan for the new station at Marsh Barton running at shunting speed.
But after planning permission was granted last month, Devon County Council’s cabinet, when they met on Wednesday, unanimously granted approved for the construction of the £16m project.
Many thanks Dave
The Roger Report
As you will know Roger had a fall a couple of days ago. He was taken by ambulance firstly to West Cornwall Hospital at Penzance and from there to Treliske Hospital, Truro. After assessment, he was taken to Bodmin Hospital and given a spare bed in Harbour Ward. Roger rang me at 09.15 today, and sounded cheerful, he said that he has a swelling on his shin which is being treated. He doesn't think that he will be at home for perhaps a week.
Roger says the nurses are very cheerful and kind - he is being well fed!! His ward phone number is 01208 251565, by the way they know him as JAMES WINNEN, perhaps best to keep your conversations brief as this is a common phone. I, KJ, will keep you up to date with news - not necessarily daily.
I was out taking my permitted exercise/walk today crossing the Southern line near my home
in time to catch the 1Z28, 1256 Exeter to Salisbury comprising 159106 leading 159101,
worth a shot as both units were still in SW Trains livery. The location is about half mile west of Crewkerne
I hope Roger is recovering after his 'derailment'.
Many thanks to you Bill - luckily you are close at hand on your exercise.
7029 Clun Castle
Further to recent pictures of Uffington and Shrivenham here is the same Railtour, from Birmingham to Swindon later in the day. Saturday 3 April 1965.
Please give my best wishes to Roger and wish him a speedy recovery, should you speak.
Many thanks Mike.
Standing in for the HST. Colas Rail Freight class 67s Nos. 67023 'Stella'
and 67027 'Charlotte' pass Pinhoe on 14th January 2021,
working the 1Q23 05:41 Reading Triangle Sidings to Salisbiury via
Exeter New Yard, Netwotrk Rail test train.
Many thanks Keith - Keep Safe.
Good afternoon! As a Mom I'm reaching out to let the Cornwall Railway Society know your links page was a big help to my daughter Kerri and a school project she's working on. With all the uncertainty still happening with COVID-19, Kerri's school has moved all their work to virtual classrooms online. It's been quite the transition for sure, but I'm doing my best to help Kerri with her homework to ensure she doesn't fall behind! Right now I'm helping her with a transportation project for her social studies class; they're learning about the history of transportation, the pioneers who changed travel and important moments in transportation history. Your page led us to some great websites to check out and include, so Kerri and I wanted to make sure we thanked you If it's not too much trouble, I was also hoping you could add another link to your page? Kerri found this guide which I was impressed with! This is it.... A History of Trolleys, Light Rails, Street Cars and Subways https://www.partsgeek.com/mmparts/a_history_of_trolleys_light_rails_street_cars_and_subways.html I thought it would be great addition to this page... http://www.cornwallrailwaysociety.org.uk/links.html Can you add a link to it on there? I would appreciate it so much! I'd love to show Kerri - and her teacher! It's always nice getting some recognition for a job well done and I know Kerri would get a kick out of it. ...And perhaps Kerri will even get some extra credit from her teacher if I show him? Brownie points would be a nice way to start of 2021! The project is due on Friday, if you get a free moment to include it at some point by then! But if not, whenever you get a chance to add it is great! Thank you!! Warmly, Mrs. Michelle Bass
On shed at Bodmin!
We are sorry to report that Roger had a bad day yesterday (12th January 2021), he had a fall at home and spent much of the night on the floor unable to get up. Eventually, via a call to his cousin the Police and an ambulance were called and to cut a long story short Roger was taken to Treliske Hosptal and from there after a check on to Bodmin Hospital - Habour ward. He phoned from there in cheerful mood saying that the food is good. Well done Roger and well done N.H.S. We all wish him well.
Best wishes to Roger.
Work took me to Weymouth today (12th January 2021) where an hour was available to catch up with progress on the removal of the former tramway.
Starting at the ferry terminal the redundant track stored there from October onwards has all been removed. Track still remains in-situ in the terminal area but removal has been completed in the road leading to it (pics 1 & 2). The remains of several wooden sleepers could be seen. From the Royal Oak Inn to the paved car parking area behind the multi storey and Debenhams the rails are still in place, including the roadway under the town bridge. From Debenhams to the Bus station all traces of the tramway have been removed. Beyond this point most of the track remains in place, much dilapidated, up to the main line connection at Weymouth Junction.
Many thanks Guy, great that you are still able to get out and about officially.
Focus on Uffington
N.B. In those days Mike drove up from Plymouth to photograph Clun Castle - a journey which took him five hours each way!!
Uffington railway station is a former station on the Great Western Main line. The station was located north-east of the village of Uffington. In 1864 Uffington became a junction as the Faringdon branch. In 1886 the GWR took over the Faringdon Railway. Quote Wikipedia . Faringdon branch see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faringdon_railway_station
Using Google Earth one can see that nothing remains of the station, However just to the east of the road bridge which crosses the site a trailing crossover exists between the otherwise plan track up and down main lines.
Signalling at Uffington. - it will be noted that semaphore signalling was in use at the time of Mike Roach'es photographs - Uffington Signalbox opened in 1897 and closed in 1968 with the opening of Swindon Panel.
Gradients at Uffington. From Swindon virtually to Reading the line is on a falling gradient just west of the station site it is 1 in 754 easing to in in 880 at the station site and then continuing at 1 in 754 towards Wantage Road.
The branch to Faringdon.
The three and a half mile branch from Uffington was opened on 1st June 1864 between Faringdon and the GWR at Uffington , with construction funded by a consortium of local business men called the Faringdon Railway Company which was purchased outright by the GWR in 1886. The branch was constructed as a broad gauge line and was converted to standard gauge in 1878. The branch left the main line on a five chain radius curve and then headed generally NNW to Faingdon, the steepest gardient on the lightly engineered line was 1 in 88. Passenger traffic peaked in 1913, but later declined to such an extent that the passenger service was withdrawn on 31st December 1951. Freight traffic continued to use the line until 1964. there were no intermediate stations on the branch.
Faringdon Town Council proposed in 2005 to reopen the line this was not taken any further.
The station building is still extant, having been used for various commercial purposes; it has been a children's nursery since 2002. Info courtesy Wikipedia.
It is understood that the Faringdon branch was used to stable the Royal Train on occasions. Once around the bend away from the main station one can appreciate that the topography would have been a very pleasant place to spend a night away from home. Lucky them!!
There were no intermediate stations on the brnnch.
Details and pictures of Farringdon station can be found using this link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faringdon_railway_station.
The Farringdon branch line link is https://www.google.com/search?q=faringdon+branch+line&oq=Faringdon&aqs=chrome.2.35i39j69i57j69i59j46i67i395i433i457j46i67i175i199i395j46i10i67i175i199i395j46i20i175i199i263i395j0i67i395j46i20i175i199i263i395j46i175i199i395i422i424.6993j1j15&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
Many thanks Mike your record and irreplaceable photographs are much appreciated.
Further to the above and general
Useful information from Guy Vincent
Following on from Mike Roache's excellent feature on Uffington station the following may be of interest. Website http://www.railwaycodes.org contains a wealth of useful information on signalling schemes, signal boxes and much more. A valuable source of data for answering such queries as and when they arise. Uffington 'box opened in 1897 and closed on 3rd March 1968 when the new panel box at Swindon assumed control of the area. Since early 2016 Thames Valley Signalling Centre at Didcot has been in charge of the now electrified GWML and the operating panel formerly used at Swindon has been preserved in working condition in a new purpose-built building at the Great Western Society site, Didcot.
Also of interest will be the triology of 'Signalman' railway books by well known former Western Region Signalman turned author Adrian Vaughan. Signalman's Morning, Signalman's Twilight and Signalman's Nightmare are well worth reading and relatively easy to find for sale online. The middle volume describes in detail the author's experiences working on this section of the GW main line in the early-mid 1960s, a very dark period of rationalisation and closure following publication of the Beeching Report and modernisation of the British Railway network.
Class 442 returns to
A surprise discovery today (11th January 2021) was the presence of ex-works class 442 'Wessex Electric' unit no 442419 which was securely locked away inside the 'Desiro Compound' adjacent to Weymouth Junction. Either it is there for storage or, more likely, for overnight testing on the line towards Bournemouth. Somehow despite being unwanted since the introduction of the Desiro fleet in 2005 these units refuse to bow out and keep returning to their former haunts. Will Weymouth ever see them in normal service again? I guess it probably will...
Many thanks Guy for your views taken on duty;
March allocated 31291 heads out of Plymouth station towards Mutley Tunnel with the Sunday 17.35 Laira - Malago Vale ECS on the 5th June 1983. This ECS used to drop off the sleeper portion for that night's Paddington service and used a variety of motive power from 31s, 33s, peaks, 47s and 50s. Regards Clive Smith
Many thanks for your 'Golden Oldie' Clive.
50 years ago today
Just looked at my records and found that on this day 50 years ago today the 12th January 1971 class 22 6322 in green livery worked the inspection saloon to Falmouth at lunchtime. The saloon was in blue grey livery I was a bit late getting back to school but well worth the telling off. Sorry no pictures - only in my mind. Interesting to note is that the engine to 6322 still lives on, in 'project 22' hopes to build a new class 22 in the future, I look forward to seeing this in the future. Getting back to Penryn the last of the winter sugar beet went out yesterday with 5x16t mineral wagons I think this went to Leicestershire. Although Penryn goods closed in November 1971 the beet traffic resumed later in the year. Hope you are keeping well. Regards Ian.
Many thanks to you Ian - keep well, keep safe.
Good Afternoon Keith, Hope all is well as we suffer yet another hard lockdown.. Thankfully you have Craig out and about with his work and some contributors with well timed exercise. I will endeavour to capture some local scenes but subject matter is a bit thin so I will make an effort if the sun is shining and my work area patterns permit . In the meantime I will send some archive photos to fill the gaps if submissions are a bit thin.
(1) 50005 Collingwood approaches Cornwall Loop Viaduct just west of Plymouth station with the Sunday 14.15 Penzance - Waterloo on the 14th October 1984. This view is now impossible and the waste ground now goes by the name North Road West Dog Park with trees obscuring what was once the view across to the viaduct. This was where the Cornwall extension to Millbay passed through. The remains of the viaduct now carry the ..er.. distinctive sculpture. Where I took the picture was just opposite the Patna pub also now gone.
During this period of 'Lock Down' when casual journeys away from home are no longer permitted, maybe, while on your essential journey you pass something of interest!! Otherwise your pictures from the past are also very much appreciated.
'Blue tractor off the rails, &
Sir Edward to the rescue!'
On 4th May, 1989, during my lunch break, I paid my occasional visit to Exmouth Junction coal depot to see what was going on.
I was met by 37162 being re-railed with 50007 in attendance with the Laira Breakdown Train. The attached 4 views give some idea of the expanse of the Depot.
Incidentally, I was very interested in Paul Barlow’s phots of Ramillies being stuck at the bottom of Holloway Street, Exeter. I’m surprised I was not in any of his shots as I was there at about the same time!
Also views at the Coal Depot now just a memory - healthy trees grow up here now.
Very interesting - Many thanks Bill
Advance notice -
Steam Dreams to the west
Dear Keith, I see that the Steam Dreams company have announced a special to Devon and Cornwall from September 28th to October 1st, hauled by LNER B1 MAYFLOWER and LMS Jubilee BAHAMAS. The three-day duration suggests that it may run to Penzance. The train will start in London, they say. Regards Roy
Many thanks for spotting that Roy.
To all our very valued members, a note from our membership secretary. Please note that due the virus and the fact that we are not having any indoor meetings until September this year we are having a holiday from subscriptions for a year. We have continued with the magazine and of course, as you will see, the website. Perhaps the word 'warning' is inappropriate it should read 'advice' but Christine has already had payments which are of course not necessary.
You will all be pleased to know that Christine, who has been seriously ill recently, is now much better and steadily improving. We all wish you well Christine and thank you for your much valued efforts.
Today we find Bill on a trip down memory lane to Starcross, on the 26th July, 1997, when Summer Saturdays were far more interesting than they are now. The location is some 200 yards east of Starcross station.
photo 1, Porterbrook-liveried 47817 on a Paignton – Liverpool,
photo 2, 150265 leading a local working,
photo 3, 60096 on the ‘silver bullets’, and finally,
photo 4, 58037 plus 58035 on 1Z58, the ‘Worksop Devonian’ from Worksop to Paignton and return.
Hope these are of interest, Stay safe. Bill
Many thanks Bill, an especially nice spot at high tide.
Three arches bridge
43094 leads the 10.50 Penzance Cardiff Central with 43192 on the rear by Three Arches Bridge west of Totnes . I was working in and around the Totnes area so took my lunch break here to look at the passing trains from my car. Just as I pulled up some wintry sun broke out following a dull morning and held for a good half hour enabling me to capture this. Thankfully my job gets me out and about .
Regards, Clive Smith
Smashing picture Clive = many thanks
Happy New Year !!
With a new year upon us, and a rotten lockdown, our liberty is once again under the cosh!
I will try to supply some images as duty allows, but here are some from early January. I popped down west to see the recent cutting back around the delightful village of Coombe, west of Burngullow. The sun just reached in around midday so some pictures were taken with the new camera.
A day later a pair of power cars ran back from Laira to Long Rock and 43042 & 43040 look rather lost in the landscape scurrying west driven by Nikki Carrington. The cutting back now allows a sweeping view of an approaching train right back to Crugwallins in the background, a good two minute view!
Other pictures include the wonderful reverse curve at Dowgas having been completely cleared of vegetation as a pair of class 158 head eastward with 2P12 bound for Plymouth. 158745 leads 158769.
Finally, a night study at Goonbarrow on 6th after midnight as a yellow half moon gingerly rises above the tree with 66018 stabled overnight in the sidings behind the box, common practice these days.
All the best for now. Craig
Wonderful views there Craig - hope Lockdown and work requirements continue to give you the necessary opportunities.
Hello Roger, Keith & Mick,
I visit CRS daily and note the article about engineering work on the St Ives branch and photographic recording thereof. There is a page on the DRSA website that is dedicated to recording the accelerating activities at Okehampton which maybe of interest to your audience,
Many thanks to you David for the link. I found the contents very interesting - Keith Jenkin. Anymore input obtained within current restrictions much appreciated.
37175 running slowly away from Frome towards Blatchbridge Junction working the 3Q14 1037 Westbury-Weymouth-Westbury Ultrasonic Rail Testing train. Foggy, cold and icy but very atmospheric. (photo by Charlotte Vincent).
With many thanks to father and daughter
Guy and Charlotte Vincent.
At Exeter 29 years ago today
My next batch is almost to the day from 1992, 29 years ago!!
This was the road move from Exeter St Davids to Tonbridge Wells of 50019 Ramilies. The loco was purchased by the Class 50 locomotive association and was heading for The Spa Valley railway, Kent for preservation. It is now at the Mid Norfolk Railway.
The loco only moved less than 2 miles before the tractor unit hauling it failed. The 50 ended up stuck in Holloway street Exeter for over a day until the tractor unit was repaired. I believe it was a differential failure, unless anyone knows better.
I have also scanned a newspaper cutting of the incident, a bit of an argument developed on who was going to pay for the police ect
Topsham road /Holloway street is one of the busiest main routes into Exeter and the stuck class 50 caused considerable disruption to traffic.
Hope this is of interest!
All the best
Many many thanks for your exclusive pictures and report Paul.
By the canal at
I wonder if this is of any interest. I visited Thruthall on the 23rd of Dec when the weather was rather wet, to say the least. The tide was in!
Belated Happy New Year etc.
Regards Phil Hawke
Many thanks Phil. Pity there was no train, would have been good for a 'reflection shot'. Did you get there by barge!!
The Mystery Photograph D825 Intrepid
Many Thanks to Trevor Tremethick, Roy Hart, Matthew Bradey Rob Lomas and Neil Philips for giving us the location of this photograph which is Truro Yard in the late spring or summer of 1972, the reflections from the Black Footbridge at the west of of the station is the clue.
Many thanks for your interest during this lockdown period
Truro Yard with D6334
Dear Roger, Yes, the subject line pretty much sums it up! The photo was taken from the Black Bridge and the fact that 825 has no nameplate identifies the year – looking at the trees in the background probably late spring/summer 1972. 814 Dragon and 829 Magpie were also reinstated without nameplates that year due to a motive power shortage. I attach my Instamatic photo of D6334 taken from a similar viewpoint (note the small hut) on 14th October 1971 – curious because it had been officially withdrawn on the 3rd! D6330 was another Class 22 which defied orders at the time, because the “new” Class 25s foisted on the WR were rubbish!! Best regards,
Many Thanks Neil
Hymek in Cornwall
Many Thanks Garth
Recd 7th January 2021 - Neil Phillips writes - I have just seen Garth Tilt’s photo of a Hymek approaching Liskeard station on 10th September 1967 (this was two days after my pre-ordered Tri-ang-Hornby Hymek model finally turned up at Langdon’s hardware shop in Truro, behind the cathedral - I still have it!) Between August and November that year D7029 and D7088 were allocated to Plymouth Laira – I believe as stand-ins for D601/2/4 away in South Wales, and also to maintain local traction knowledge on the type. Both were regularly used on the Cornish Riviera Express through Cornwall during these months. They can be differentiated – D7088 had headboard brackets at the top of the yellow warning panel, D7029 did not. I can’t see any brackets on this one so I’m reasonably certain it’s D7029. Unfortunately I can’t be absolutely certain because I also saw D7017 at Truro station during this period and of course there’s always the possibility that another interloper appeared which went unrecorded. But the balance of probability is that it’s D7029. Interestingly D7017 and D7029 went on to become two of the four preserved examples – D7017 on the West Somerset Railway and D7029 on the Severn Valley Railway.
By the way, when I saw Clive Smith’s photo of 47307 leaving Plymouth in the snow in January 1985 on Christmas Day I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry! My spotting days netted 509 out of 512 Class 47s and the three I missed were D1671 & D1734 (withdrawn before I started in 1966) and D1788, which became 47307! And to think 47306 is at Bodmin……so close, and yet so far! Also on Christmas Day, I knew the date of Paul Barlow’s Taunton views rang a bell – 26th March 1986. Oh yes, the day Swindon Works officially closed. Sigh.
Happy New Year, and best regards, Neil Phillips
Hi Neil - Your extra info to Garth's excellent picture is the icing on the cake - thank you very much.
There is an excellent site on Culham Station please use this link Culham Station - highly recommenced. Masses of information, history, tour around the station etc etc.
Many thanks Colin