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Beginning of the
A still from a video I took this morning (21st) showing pioneer class 253 power car 43002 at high speed on the Westbury avoiding line heading the 1A75 0505 Penzance-Paddington. At the rear was another first series PC, 43053, once part of set 253026. A shot of 43053 taken at Westbury station on 19th at the rear of a train bound for Paignton is included. Hard to believe but the fact is that views such as these will soon be consigned to history with brand-new class 802 sets due to begin taking over certain diagrams from July.
Many thanks to you Guy for your article and pictures. I think we will all regret the passing of the HST's with their drop down windows just as we did the passing of the first generation DMU's with their forward views. We will have to get used to being 'cocooned' whatever we travel in! One can only hope that FGW will come up with an attractive livery for the featureless 800 Series units and maybe nameplates. Perhaps the new trains will be more comfortable although the seats are reported not suitable for long journeys, and we will miss the reserved seat position cards - far easier to spot than the systems in use on the Cross Country Voyagers and now the 800's. Is it Progress??
The Longest Day in 1975
was on the Saturday of the
Bugle Band Festival
A full day was spent at Bugle listening to the bands and photographing the trains on the Newquay Branch.
Paignton Blue King
Whilst looking through some railway footage on You Tube I came across footage of 6023 'King Edward II' (the blue king), arriving at 'The Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway' on a Alley's low loader which is something I did not know was happening. With some further sleuthing work I have managed to find a little more below but their new website, although very fancy in its design with footplate and drone footage, is good at telling joe public the A to B's they require there is no information at all for the enthusiast such as what visiting locos they have and roster etc. I had go to its Facebook page to find some information out on what is a major attraction for this railway, which I am not a fan of social media at all.
Anyway what I have managed to gleam from that is the loco should be working on the 'Kingsbeer Gala' 13th to 15th July and is to stay at the railway until September. Other enthusiasts have enquired on their Facebook site as to what running days this loco is booked, but the official response is to be advertised when known. The loco when it was unloaded is facing Paignton.
I have tried my best with the short time I have today to blow up the timetable which I hope is of enough quality for members to at least get the timings.
Kind Regards, Karl (Friends of Penmere Station).
Many thanks for your time and trouble Karl - I hope, when the time comes, to see some pictures.
IET 802002 at Penzance
A further reminder
2 x class 50 diesels visit Penzance this Saturday 23rd with Pathfinders Mazey Day train. It's the first time class 50s have visited Cornwall for many years, and they should great in blue renumbered for the occasion.
The times as follows:
1Z50 05.40 Tame Parkway to Penzance
Plymouth 10.58 / 11.10
Truro 12.22 / 12.25
St Erth 12.50 / 12.53
Stock then shunts to the loop to run around
1Z52 16.07 Penzance to Tame Parkway
St Erth 16.17 / 16.20
Truro 16.45 / 16.48
Plymouth 18.03 / 18.12
Tame Bridge Parkway 00.16
A very long day for the participants, and for the 50's - one hopes all goes well.
Class 50's to Cornwall
This Saturday's Mazey Day (23rd June), also marks the return of a pair of class 50's on the mainline in Cornwall for a number of years hauling 'The Mazey Day Cornishman'. Times are:
Tame Bridge Parkway to Penzance
Penzance to Penzance via Slopers Sidings
Penzance to Tame Bridge Parkway
Kind Regards, Karl (Friends of Penmere Station).
Many Thanks Karl
Liskeard Black Bridge
You might recall that my good friend, Brian Oldham, who volunteers at Liskeard Museum, gave me a picture to identify, entitled The Flying Dutchman at Blackbridge. This was a crack Great Western express in the closing decades of the broad gauge. Blackbridge was a name that we were not familiar with, but we have since narrowed it down to the footbridge to the west of Moorswater viaduct.
Here is the picture again, together with the equivalent position (more or less) with Clan Line speeding past this evening.
Much has changed in the intervening 130 years !
Best wishes, Peter
Many thanks to Peter and Brian Oldham
Yeovil Railway Centre
I usually enjoy the Golden 8 Weeks, around the longest day in June, but the weeks leading up to 21st have been very disappointing. Cloud has shrouded the County with only a few glimpses of sunshine. I see that is set to change this week, which create a sunny Mazey Day - a feat not seen for some years now.
I was advised the clay empties from Carne Point may be ready early last Friday so hoped for a high tide, break of sun departure. The sun was hazy to say the least, but it did appear as the squealing of flanges could be heard leaving Fowey. My friend Ian's fields stayed lit in the background which was a good omen. As the train blew up for the slipway crossing at Golant the train passed through in fine evening light, and a tick on the bucket list was crossed off!
All the best, Craig
An excellent shot, perfect timing and planning, many thanks.
The relaying at Aish must be a big job. For the third week the 18216X04 Fairwater Yard - Aish has run this time with 66522(in Shanks livery) leading with 66615 on the rear.
Regards Dave Many thanks
The Bristol Docks tug and Fowey Docks Connection
On a memorable recent visit to Bristol Docks, I was puzzled by a name plate on the engine of the tug boat ‘John King’, which is now preserved and gives rides around the Bristol Basin. The chief engineer showed me around the engine room, which is compact and noisy.
Whilst in discussion it occurred to me that I had come across the Lister Blackstone ER6 unit, installed in ‘John King’ before.
Wading through my rail tour photographs, I came across, (and I stand to be corrected) the Cornish Branch Line Rail tour of the 20th November 1983, which if I am not mistaken shows a photograph of Class 10 D3452, in a sorry state at Fowey.
This is where the connection was made, because the Lister Blackstone ER6 was also installed in this Class 08 variant. Normally Class 08 shunters were fitted with English Electric 6KT units.
D3452 is now preserved on The Bodmin railway, one of four Class 10’s still in existence. It unfortunately has a wheel alignment problem and is restricted to use in the yard.
Incidentally I have included a semaphore signal, which shows that they were not restricted to railway use.
This one protects the Princes Street Swing Bridge adjacent the marvellous M Shed Museum.
This whole area is a delight with working harbour cranes, (which you can climb up ), the preserved Bristol Harbour Railway and numerous waterfront cafes which make for a brilliant day out. Everyone is very friendly and the staff on the ‘John King’ could not do more, to be helpful and knowledgeable.
Many thanks Andrew for your diligent research, your very interesting article and your photographs.
'Clan Line' to Cornwall Today
David Tozer, Trevor Tremethick, Ross Griffiths, Leslie Curnow Peter Murnaghan Martin Duff Craig Munday & Roger Winnen
Craig Munday writes
A super day with Clan Line on Sunday 17th June 2018 working the season's first Cornishman Railtour to Par. The weather was grim, apart from a heaven sent splash of sunshine whilst the loco was at St Blazey and Par in the evening.
The train was operated by DBC on this occasion, and Steve Matthews and Vince Henderson drove the loco in the Duchy, conducted by our very own St Blazey's Mark Bartlett who was in his element on the footplate. (Mark wearing the cap).
Sunday 17th June, 2018
SR Merchant Navy Class 4-6-2 35028 Clan Line
Steam hauled: Bristol-Par-Bristol
Realtime Train info: 1Z50 1Z52
Bristol TM p4d 08:03, Yatton a 08:20/23, Worle Jn08:30
Weston super Mare 08:36/39 Bridgwater08:55
Tauntona 09:09/19 Whiteball 09:34, Tiverton DL 09:41/ 10:01
Exeter St Davids a 10:19/22 Dawlish Warren10:36
Newton Abbot10:44 Totnes10:56, Ivybridge11:12
Plymouth a 11:31water d 11:51, Saltash12:00,Liskeard a 12:19/22
Bodmin Parkwaya 12:36/39 Lostwithiel12:45
Par a 12:55
Par d 17:31, Lostwithiel17:40 Bodmin Parkwaya 17:46/49
Largin17:57 Liskeard 18:06/09 Saltash18:26
Plymouth 18:36water d 19:06, Ivybridge19:15, Totnes19:40
Newton Abbot19:51, Dawlish Warren20:02, Exeter St Davids 20:20/23
Tiverton ULa 20:42/57
Taunton a 21:15/ 18 Bridgwater21:31, Weston super Mare 21:45/52
Yatton 22:02/ 05
Bristol Temple Meads p15a 22:24
Click Here to find more coverage of Clan Lines visit on the Features Section 1817 End of April 2018 Onwards
Around Par in 1986
Around Par around about thirty two years ago, a collection of late evening shots from the camera of Julian Stephens. Smashing pictures, makes me feel very old.! Many thanks indeed Julian
. Enjoy the panorama of Par from a distance, the sun shines over St Austell Bay while in the foreground note the steam trailing away from the dries in a westerly wind as 50039 Implacable with the 1C86 the 18.10 from Penzance passes clay hoods parked in the down loop. A DMU waits in the Newquay platform. Taken from Lansescot on the 18th June 1986 Copyright Julian Stephens
Departing the West
Find enclosed shots of 43002 and 43185 at Penzance and Hayle this morning for CRS
All the Best
Andrew Many thanks Andrew
Two Classics at Minehead
Our last two pictures from the WSR Diesel Gala come from our regular contributor Rob Lindley - Many thanks Rob.
First Avenue Bridge
Dock Gate 20, Approach Road
The road approach to Dock Gate 20 for Southampton Freightliner Depot, situated between Redbridge and Millbrook is along First Avenue so what better name for the bridge? From this vantage point Mick House has taken on several occasions a number of views looking east and west. It's almost a case as 'spot the difference' however you will find several prominent features appear each time. Many thanks indeed to Mick for his repeated visits and sharing these views with us.
The H.S.T. Diversions on the Southern
An opportunity to photograph HSTs on the Southern Route was taken on 14th June 2018 before their replacement by the IET Trains later in the year. An upgrade at Cowley Bridge Junction, Exeter to prevent further flooding, resulted in the the lines east of Exeter St David's being closed between 12th-14th June 2018 with bus replacement services running to Taunton connecting into mainline services and to Barnstaple. However a limited service of Great Western Trains,one every two hours in both directions ran via the Southern to Yeovil Junction, then Yeovil Pen Mill to Castle Cary and London Paddington. This caused long delays throughout the day to both South Western Railway Trains and the Great Western Services and had knock on effects.
Many thanks to David Tozer for keeping me informed by the bush telegraph updating me of the movements during the day.
180614a The 13.25 service from Exeter St David's to London Waterloo was cancelled owing to the trains late arrival. The train however commenced its journey from Exeter Central where the incoming train due at 12.40 had terminated running nearly an hour late. Passengers were conveyed by bus between St David's and Central Station. The service is shown at Pinhoe awaiting the HST to clear the single line from Honiton. Copyright Roger Winnen
Keyham & Mid Hants
Please see attach a photo of 66013 crossing St Levans Viaduct (Keyham) with today's 1506 St Blazey-Exeter clay. 14th June 2018
Also, I note with interest the photos on the webpage of 34007's arrival on the Plym Valley in 1981. I was fortunate enough to be a participant on a photo charter on the morning of 34007's last day in steam on the Mid Hants in March 2016. I was last on the Mid Hants a couple of weeks ago and 34007 is looking a bit forlorn again stored in the headshunt at Ropley. I include a shot of 34007 'going out in style' on that charter!
Yours, Richard Many thanks
Further shots of GB Railfreight's 59003 Yeoman Highlander 'at home' (sort of) on an aggregate-derived working, although this job brings in stone from the Midlands to the south west and not, as is more usual, away from the local quarries.
Let's hope this loco remains in our part of the country and can be seen alongside some of it's former class members.
Guy V Many thanks Guy
Hastings DMU Railtour
Clive continues to share his unique selection of photographs for which many thanks. Has anybody got any pictures of this unit on the Gunnislake branch please.
Dawlish Sea Wall
Cornishman to Par
Sunday 17th June
Timings from Craig Munday
News of a DBC operated Charter expected to headed by Clan Line locomotive.
Running from Bristol Temple Meads to Par. Empty coaches onto St Blazey where the loco will be turned and replenished.
08.03 Bristol TM to Par 1Z50
Plymouth 11.31 Water 11.51
Liskeard 12.19 / 12.22
Bodmin 12.36 / 12.39
Par 12.55 (plat 3)
Loco & stock around to St Blazey for servicing
5Z52 17.01 St Blazey to Par (empty train)
1Z52 17.31 Par to Bristol TM
Bodmin 17.46 / 17.49
Liskeard 18.06 / 18.09
Plymouth 18.36 water 19.06
DBC class 66 also runs St Blazey to Plymouth in the morning and return evening as a back up for Devon Banks. Many thanks Craig
Martin Baker has very kindly drawn our attention to a superb three hour video on the railways in Cornwall (See the clay branches before the 66's and also TPO workings) - this has just appeared on YouTube - please click below.
Hastings DMU Railtour
With the imminent arrival of a thumper unit again in Devon this Saturday here is a very nostalgic look at the 'Gunnislake Goliath' railtour on 21st December 1985. Run by Hertfordshire Railtours, the tour visited Friary then Plymstock before moving on to Saltash and finally crossing the Tamar a second time, this time to Gunnislake. An unusual feature of this tour was the use of police to stop passengers alighting at Plymouth Friary or Plymstock. Two police officers travelled on the train between Exeter and Plymouth and were backed up by patrol cars on the ground. These units were not unknown in Devon having worked the Saturdays only Brighton to Exeter St Davids in the 1970s being replaced by 33s after April 1977. Quite a sight thumping away up the bank to Exeter Central on the return !.
Part 1 features DEMU 1032 on the leg to Plymstock over the now closed freight line crossing Laira Bridge. This is now an excellent cycle path and is featured on other pages on this website.
Part 2 will show the railtour in Saltash and at Plymouth station.
Clive Smith Many thanks indeed Clive - we look forward to Part 2.
851221b (2) Seems hard to believe but even 33 years ago this was an astonishing site. The railtour crosses the River Plym on Laira Bridge. In fact some passengers in the back carriages never reached Plymstock as the railtour had to stop at a point 78 chains from Cattewater Junction leaving the rear on the bridge. (Hastings Goliath) Railtour Copyright Clive Smith
851221e (5) A scene now utterly transformed . The railtour skirts the Plym embankment after coming off Laira Bridge. Prince Rock power station looms in the background. This was demolished in 1990 with the towers brought down by a controlled explosion. ( Hastings Goliath Railtour) Copyright Clive Smith
Bristol Temple Meads
Welcome back to
59003 'Yeoman Highlander'
Westbury has seen a welcome return from former Yeoman class 59 59003 'Yeoman Highlander'. New to the UK with 59001, 002 and 004 in January 1986 the loco was sold by Mendip Rail in 1997 and went to Germany for further work but was then purchased by GB Railfreight and returned to the UK in late 2014. Since then it has seen sporadic use in the Midlands and Yorkshire but has now migrated south and is reportedly to be based at Eastleigh where it should begin to appear on routes it covered from new. This morning it came over from Eastleigh to Westbury to work the 'as required' 6M40 1159 Westbury-Stud Farm empty ballast box wagons. Sadly a retimed HST in P3 prevented any close-up views of the loco as it ran into the yard. Here are two shots of 'Highlander' (still named) at Westbury and passing Melksham. The challenge now is to photograph this one alongside on of the other early class members. Welcome back.
Guy Vincent Many thanks Guy