Please find attached a small selection of photographs from the collection of my friend and colleague Geoff Salmon, which I’ve scanned and sent for possible use on the CRS site.
The photograph of 50035 Ark Royal at Camborne is particularly interesting – undated, though probably 1989 time. If anybody can help provide a date this would be welcome. The activity in the foreground might jog the memories of some. Perhaps it was even reported in the CRS newsletter of the day?!
Second, there are three images from Drump Lane – Redruth taken on Thursday 20/11/1986. Although the signal box had been closed on 12/01 that year, an incident in a possession led to ballast machine DR77202 being put away clear of the down main line in the former (and by then long out of use) down sidings. The machine was put on a skate and moved shortly after to Truro yard where it rusted quietly until early 1988 when it was eventually cut up. The semaphore signal behind the machine in one of the views was by then motor worked and under the control of the signalman at Roskear Junction. This too was eventually recovered and replaced by a colour light example west of Redruth. I’d need to check my records but this was possibly when the Holmans branch was permanently taken out of use in September 1987.
Final, two undated photographs (though if accounts on the internet are right, before April 1978) of an unidentified Class 25 at work on Hayle Wharf.
Geoff started his railway career in BR days, and worked Hayle Signal Box among other things. I am sure that these images will be of interest to the site viewers. Kind regards, Martin Duff.
Many thanks to Martin for sending in this interesting collection and also especially to Geoff Salmon who took these once in a lifetime Gems.