From the Trevor Smitheram Collection
Final Part on 3rd Sept 2023
Out and about this afternoon to witness a reported 18-car IET coming off the Newquay branch (no, of course it wasn't - 9-car only.......but I had to be there just in case), I looked over the gate at the far end of St Blazey Yard, close to Middleway Crossing, and noticed that, as far as I could tell from that distance, the first two long-stored CDA wagons have been dismantled - the hopper bodies have been taken off and one of the underframes has already been cut in half.
I wonder whether St Blazey yard will lose some sidings once the CDAs have all departed (one way or another.....)
Of the seven 'new' bogie wagons which arrived recently, one of the two JIAs is in St Blazey yard with newly white-painted handrails, lamp brackets etc; the other JIA is near the turntable on the end of the five JGA types which are being put through the wagon repair shop. The two JIAs already carry Imerys logos, having been stored in the usual condition for Imerys JIAs! The JGAs are mostly white which is probably the best colour for china clay wagons.....
Best regards, Neil Phillips.
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Last day in traffic
With regrets.... Guy Vincent
Some sightings at Bristol Temple Meads this morning - (7th September 2023). Saphos Trains charter 1Z27 0631 Worcester Shrub Hill - Plymouth 'The Mayflower' headed by 47805 (running as D1935) and tailed by 47593. At Taunton LMS 46100 'Royal Scot' replaced 47805 with 47593 staying at the the rear for assisting over the Devon banks.
Cross Country HST headed by 43304 on the 1V46 0612 Leeds - Plymouth with 43303 at the back. Sadly the retro-liveried pair (43007 43008) were not in use today.
Castle set headed by 43162 tailed by 43098 arriving with the 2U10 0540 Penzance - Cardiff Central.
43098 again passing through Bristol with the 2C75 1200 Cardiff Central - Taunton.
A dash out to Brent got a few shots (attached). My third near miss of the season saw a Pride liveried IET disappearing under the bridge as the Scot approached. That might have been an interesting shot for this day and age!
The 1Z28 1600 Plymouth to Worcester Shrub Hill (according to Railway Herald called The Golden Hind) had a 33 minute late start from North Road because (according to those on the bridge with me) there was a medical emergency on the train. That’s spoiled someone’s day out and I hope they will be OK.
I seem to remember when the old Golden Hind came in back in the day, it was diagrammed for Western haulage..... 1964? The first one waved off by the Second Sea Lord in the absence of Sir Francis Drake.
Where once Kings and Castles ruled the Devon banks, now we have Duchesses and Royal Scots, I’m not complaining though!
Best wishes all, Trevor Tremethick.