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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5820 on: April 05, 2019, 11:33:57 AM »
Thank you, Martin. D2290 is not being sold and will re-appear from time to time. However, in 1963, a later livery D2246 is more appropriate. The Fat Controller has emphasised the important cost savings arising from the use of diesel shunters.  The manager of "The Railway Hotel", Cant Cove has been an early and frequent advocate of diesels over steam in the station yard complaining about smoke drifting into the hotel and its rear beer garden. Accordingly, the recently returned Z is stabled in the bay platform when not in use on the Castle branch or in the station area. D2290 has served well but is required, full-time, back at Trepol Bay with the Easter holiday coming and then the very busy Summer timetable.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5821 on: April 06, 2019, 12:59:28 PM »
A long-anticipated return to North Cornwall is one of the sole surviving 'Black Motor' 700 Class 0-6-0s, No. 30700, late of 72A Exmouth Junction, returned from a Heavy General Overhaul at BR SR's Eastleigh Works after its outstanding service with a snowplough during the recent 'Arctic Winter'. Built in August 1929, it was (officially) withdrawn in December 1962.



Whilst visiting Eastleigh Works, Lord and Lady Trevelver were offered two more overhauled but no longer required Maunsell design coaches, surplus on BR SR and not wanted by BR WR in North Cornwall, First Corridor S 7367 S, (in addition to S 7665 S), plus Composite S 5150 S. S 7367 S has been donated to the CLPG (Trepol Bay) whilst the other two have been given to the CLPG (North Cornwall). All 3 are maintained at Wadebridge and reserved for CLPG and guests' use although the CK is available as a 'strengthener' for peak periods, Doctor Beeching having declared that BR will no longer keep coaches idle in sidings except for use a few weekends a year.

CLPG members were informed, via the Wadebridge Yardmaster, when No. 30700 was due to be released from the Works and travelled in S 7665 S attached to scheduled services to Eastleigh to view the loco. and return back in the special train with its very unusual (in passenger service) loco. At Wadebridge, S 7665 S was detached and attached to a scheduled service to Trepol Bay.

Here we see the special train leaving Cant Cove, a BR Standard BCK at the rear having been reattached, at Wadebridge, after the second Maunsell FK was removed.



A closeup of Maunsell FK S 7367 S in ex-works condition.



And Maunsell CK S 5150 S in identical ex-works condition.



The LMR BR Standard BCK hired by a party of SR enthusiasts from the Midlands.



A gift from BR SR, because of the delays in restoring the T9 30313 and the 'Black Motor', was attached on the rear of the train, an ex-LBSCR guard's van beautifully restored by Works' apprentices. It will be used for an enthusiasts' brake van special on the Castle branch.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5822 on: April 06, 2019, 01:24:37 PM »
Thank you for these excellent photographs, Chris.

30700 is in absolutely tip-top condition.  A credit to all concerned! 

I'm slightly baffled.  My normal condition, of course!

She looks to me more like one of Mr Adams' '0395' class of 1881.  Mr Drummond's '700' class 'Black Motors', introduced in 1897 and later rebuilt, were bigger engines.  But... she is clearly numbered 30700. And, according to the late Ian Allan, 30700 was a '700' class.  I didn't think any '700' class locomotives were built as late as 1929.   

How very interesting!  All this BR stuff is a bit of a mystery to me; the Table-Top Railway's clock stopped at Hogmanay, 1938.

With all good wishes.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5823 on: April 06, 2019, 01:43:53 PM »
As a comparison John, here is number 30317
B6A84686-A66C-441D-87D5-8A9F8D222CBC by martin scane, on Flickr
Another, more workstained, member of Mr Drummond’s 700 Class.
30317 was another North Cornwall regular, being based at Exmouth Junction from 1958 to 1961.
I always thought the Southen Railway’s somewhat haphazard approach to numbering of its locomotives  was unusual compared to the orderliness of the other companies.
Comparing 30700 to 30317 does illustrate some anomaly I think.


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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5824 on: April 06, 2019, 02:16:20 PM »
Thank you, John and Martin. It seems an April 1st jape has been played on the CLPG and the identities of the two preserved steam locos. were exchanged at Eastleigh Works.

The [Union Mills] 0395 0-6-0 was supposed to have been restored in SR Black as No. 3439 whilst the [Union Mills} 700 0-6-0 was supposed to have been restored as 30700 (72A) in Plain Black & Late BR Crest livery. Investigations are being undertaken.

The 'Black Motor' was, indeed, not constructed in 1929 but was superheated in that year.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5825 on: April 06, 2019, 02:24:56 PM »
That's a great photograph of a good-looking engine, Martin.  Many thanks.

I've got to admit, Chris, that I looked very carefully at your post to see if there was a 1 April connection.  Such wheezes have occurred in the past.  Didn't some wags paint one side of City of Truro in BR lined black as a jolly jape?

All good fun!

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5826 on: April 06, 2019, 02:52:44 PM »
Like John, I was a little confused by your photograph of 30700 which encouraged me to photograph 30717 for comparison.
Slight panic as I thought my loco could be incorrect.

Hopefully you can sort out the numbering without too much difficulty.

If it is of any help, I have sufficient decals from Fox Transfers to make up the cabside  numbers for 30700.
I don’t have a smokebox number though.
And I guess you’s need the larger tender numerals for 3439?

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5827 on: April 06, 2019, 04:14:58 PM »
Thanks, Martin.

Unfortunately, it seems that no-one on board the special train realised that the 0395 0-6-0 which was supposed to have been restored in SR Black as No. 3439 had been substituted for the 700 0-6-0 which was supposed to have been restored as 30700 (72A) in Plain Black & Late BR Crest livery. A combination of a late evening arrival in North Cornwall and an over-generous provision of alcoholic refreshments on board the train to and from Eastleigh has been blamed. The Eastleigh Works Manager is endeavouring to discover who were the culprits on April 1st. A group of apprentices are strongly suspected. The 0395 will be despatched to Eastleigh, post-haste, behind a BRCW&Co. Type 3 due for a Light Overhaul. Whether the real 700 0-6-0 No. 30700 will arrive, in its place, in time for Easter is highly doubtful.

Needless to say, the North Cornwall branches of the CLPG are not at all pleased. T9 No. 30313 has been rostered instead for the Easter special trains between Okehampton Wadebridge and Penmayne whilst 700 No. 30317 has been requested for the Wadebridge-Trepol Bay-Port Perran-Truro legs. A shamefaced Lord and Lady Trevelver have donated a barrel (2 kilderkins = 36 gallons = 288 pints) of 'Castle Brewery Best Bitter' (BB) to the disappointed CLPG members. The young volunteer BR SR driver, fireman and guard who crewed the train from Eastleigh to Salisbury did not know an '0395' from a '700' and just checked the loco's (incorrect) running number. By the time the train reached Salisbury where an older, Exeter crew relieved the Eastleigh men, it was too late. There was even more consternation at Exeter where the Wadebridge crew took over and the Exeter Central stationmaster had to intervene before the crew would agree to take the 'imposter', as the driver termed it out. Needless to say, much laughter ensued among the BR WR staff / GWS members at the April 1st jape, news of which travelled on the 'railway grapevine' at lightning speed. The Wadebridge Yardmaster, at first, could not believe what he had been told, the next morning, and drove in his new maroon and grey Ford Anglia direct to Penmayne BR SR loco. shed, immediately after breakfast to see for himself. Alas, as he saw it was, indeed, true.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5828 on: April 07, 2019, 05:08:45 PM »
CLPG preserved ex-BR Z Class 30956 with a PL Passenger Luggage Van still in BR Crimson in the bay platform.




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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5829 on: April 08, 2019, 09:47:56 PM »
Craig Avery is notorious for flying very low over the River Camel in his Tiger Moth biplane. He is a retired Hollywood stunt pilot trained by Albert Paul Mantz (August 2, 1903 – July 8, 1965), known as Paul Mantz, a noted air racing pilot, movie stunt pilot and consultant from the late 1930s until his death in the mid-1960s. Fortunately, Cant Cove's official photographer, John Prynne, Chief Accountant of the "Castle Estates" is well used to Craig's flying.

Thanks to Craig, John was able to take some photos. of a special, unadvertised working, headed by one of the local BRC&W Co. Type 3s, D6572, from Penmayne to Wadebridge and then along the North Cornwall line to Exeter then the SR mainline to Salisbury then via Romsey to Eastleigh. Special instructions were given to avoid WR metals at all costs!





Sandwiched between an SR Pillbox guard's van, newly transferred to the Engineer's Dept., and a BR Standard Guard's Van is the imposter 30700.





Behind the BR Standard guard's van is the LMR BR Standard BCK conveying a party of visiting railway enthusiasts to Templecombe where their coach will be taken on via Bath and Bristol to Derby.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5830 on: April 14, 2019, 10:10:09 AM »
I have a small field ready for some animals on the extreme right bottom corner of Cant Cove, beyond the mineral tramway embankment. I have horses and sheep, I know, but need to check if I have pigs. Sensitive souls should skip the next part but as the "Tramway Inn" has an outdoor barbecue oven, perhaps the landlord could be raising some pigs there?

Via Pete (many thanks), I now have the BR WR Plymouth Division timetable 14 June 1965 to 17 April 1966 which, although a couple of years too late for our preferred 1961-1963 time period is a very useful guide to train services. In the summer I will try to construct a 1962-1963 timetable from it. It will be augmented to reflect our 'Alternative West Country' with more trains and routes and fewer closures!

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5831 on: April 14, 2019, 08:14:28 PM »
The flourishing North Cornwall Pasty Co., Penmayne, has a subsidiary, Cornish Fancies, which produces a popular selection of traditional cakes and pastries, including Saffron Buns. Cornish Fancies was founded by Lucy Kennally (who will feature in a coming story).

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5832 on: April 14, 2019, 09:17:18 PM »
Better late than ever.

Back on board the train to Oxford, Fermin knew that he did not have much time. As soon as the train was up to speed and had left Reading General station behind, Fermin made his excuses and entered the nearest lavatory. Locking the door behind him, he withdrew the folded map of Reading from his pocket, took out the box of “Swan Vesta” matches and opened the ventilator above the frosted window. Beginning with the part of the map where the bookshop had been marked, Fermin began to, methodically, tear the map into long strips which he then lighted and held out of the window until it had almost burnt down to his fingers before letting it go. Burning the map did not take long. Relieved that there was nothing left of the map, Fermin flushed the toilet and, unlocked the door to return to his friends.

   Not long after, their train drew into Oxford station where the station pilot, a BR Green BR 350 bhp diesel shunter, carefully removed their coach and transferred it onto the rear of an arriving cross-country train announced as calling at Banbury. At Banbury, Marielle informed them, their coach would be transferred, for the final time, by the new train loco., to the front of its train, the next train bound for Marton Hinmarche. At Marton Hinmarche they would be met.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5833 on: April 14, 2019, 09:32:01 PM »
Before the bogus 30700 was returned to Eastleigh Works it was used to takeover a special international goods train at Wadebridge as a party of special guests from the Continent was arriving in Penmayne and one of the Swiss VIPs, from MIGROS, on board was a great fan of old British steam locos.





Behind the "MIGROS" van is a DB "Interfrigo" van followed by a Dutch "Grolsch" one then an ex-LBSCR 20-ton brake van to accommodate the VIPs who want to enjoy a ride in it.




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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5834 on: April 14, 2019, 09:39:49 PM »
After bringing the train of the Continental Ferry Vans, the 0395 0-6-0 was used to take a short train to Wadebridge from where it would be worked forward to Trepol Bay and Port Perran.





Behind the loco. is a less than pristine Siphon H being worked to Port Perran followed by the ex-works ex-LBSCR 20t brake van being returned to Trepol Bay Harbour and a PL for Exeter which will be detached at Wadebridge.



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