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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1080 on: December 30, 2014, 07:34:06 AM »
After all the rush of organizing all the specials a nice quiet time getting your own "special" up and running will make a nice change.
What an imagination you have and the Christmas story was superb. Thanks to all the layouts it made model railways into a railway that was believable. I enjoyed it very much, thank you.
I'm sure Sylvia would make a lovely Easter Bunny. :heart2: :goggleeyes:

Thanks, Nito. Organising the specials was some pre-Christmas fun for a group of us. It was nice to 'see' trains travel from one layout to another (another reason why I must get some track laid). I think it made operating various layouts special as it captured various members' imagination and made them feel part of a larger, 'real' railway. It did for me, anyway. It helped, of course, that several of us have similar locos. and rolling stock. I hope we will do more at Easter and over the summer. All the organisations and people involved with the Cornish Christmas Steam Specials were very pleased with the results. 8-)

I have always had a good imagination and really enjoy thinking over the 'back story' for the somewhat different history of the railways in North and West Cornwall. I am very happy that you enjoyed the Christmas story. I was hoping that others had, too. I am sure that Sylvia and her friends will appear, again. I actually have several sets of 1960s Preiser N Scale figures in 1960s fashions including the 'Chelsea Girls', beat group, an air hostess, and some 'cool guys'! They will be seen at Cant Cove.

Research (mainly, there were many others) came from two books that I was reading over the holidays and which I thoroughly recommend: "Beeching: Champion of the Railway?" by R.H.N. Hardy and "Ready, Steady, Go! Swinging London and the Invention of Cool" by Shawn Levy.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1081 on: December 30, 2014, 12:58:05 PM »
I enjoyed the story and the fact that Cove was asked to be used I was very honoured. I am looking forward to running Easter special as well as summer ones.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1082 on: December 30, 2014, 01:00:41 PM »
Yes....great story.
More to come at Easter ?
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1083 on: December 30, 2014, 09:58:31 PM »
The Cornish Arms at Port Perran is well stocked with the produce of the Headland Brewery and the Castle Brewery at Cant Cove and is expecting a VERY lively evening tomorrow.
No doubt there will be some sore heads in the area on Thursday morning !
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1084 on: December 30, 2014, 10:43:26 PM »
I know the it will be a busy night in the smuggler arms tomorrow night.  :D :D

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1085 on: December 31, 2014, 06:33:01 AM »
Yes....great story.
More to come at Easter ?

Thanks, Jon and Martin. There are plans for more Cornish Steam Specials at Easter and in the Summer in North and Northwest Cornwall and I have an idea for a new Christmas story featuring Dr. Beeching. There will be celebrations for the (re)opening of the "Railway Hotel" at Cant Cove, the steam-hauled "Cornish Belle" Pullman train (there will be a "Miss Cornish Belle", too), the steam-hauled "Atlantic Coast Express" (both summer only) and pop concerts in the grounds of Trevelver Castle. Sylvia and the 'Chelsea Girls' will certainly want to be involved with at least some of these events.

Late licences have been applied for and granted for the hotels, inns, pubs, and taverns in Cant Cove and Penmayne. Due to the great success of the special trains over Christmas and all the rail enthusiasts in the area, the Castle Brewery and Headland Brewery were in full production in the weeks before Christmas and, based on previous years' records, there should be enough beer delivered, settled and ready to tap in cellars for New Year's Eve. Rail wagons were despatched and unloaded on the 27th  so the beer should be in fine condition for this evening.

The last train of the day is the 22.43 (FSO, public holidays, 24 & 31 December; normally, the last train is the 21.08 from Bodmin Road to Penmayne and then Penmayne to Wadebridge, a. 22.16) from Wadebridge, a 57XX with a SR Maunsell 2P set, arriving at 22.50 and departing at 22.52 from Cant Cove and terminating at Penmayne at 22.56. The 57XX is then scheduled to run as a Light Engine to Penmayne steam shed at 23.07 and be on shed at 23.17. (In practice the crew will be eager to have their loco. safely berthed and to sign off as quickly as possible.) Apart from one member of railway staff at Penmayne shed, all other railwaymen will be off duty by 11PM and in their favourite hostelry. Taxis have been prebooked for those who do not want to walk home in the early hours of New Year's Day!

At Trevelver Castle there will be the customary New Year Celebrations, including a Ball with Fireworks at Midnight and Sylvia and her friends are eager to show off their new ball gowns.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1086 on: December 31, 2014, 06:43:16 AM »
The back story for the Trevelvers plus the Penmayne and Bodmin Railway and associated lines is well under way. This morning though I have to return to Prague. In Brno there is a light coating of snow and the low temperatures usual for December.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1087 on: December 31, 2014, 06:59:18 AM »
Hi Chris,

Like the 'Taxis have been pre booked'. Very PC for us now.

Am sure your local 'other PC's will been in fine fettle...blind eye, tractor cross the fields etc. Throw the really messy ones in the trailer!  :beers:

Safe trip and HAPPY NEW YEAR.

PS Looking forward to the Chelsea girl Easter bunny outfits  ;)

Cheers weave


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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1088 on: December 31, 2014, 07:41:35 AM »
By the Spring/Early Summer, Trepol Bay station should be up and running so will be able to take part in the various Summer specials.
Hopefully, we will also be in a position to run even more through goods/parcels trains.
Have a good trip back to Prague.
After 3 or 4 days of chilly starts then beautiful cloudless skies it's dark and dank (but milder) here this morning.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1089 on: December 31, 2014, 08:25:35 AM »
Hi Chris,

Like the 'Taxis have been pre booked'. Very PC for us now.

Am sure your local 'other PC's will been in fine fettle...blind eye, tractor cross the fields etc. Throw the really messy ones in the trailer!  :beers:

Safe trip and HAPPY NEW YEAR.

PS Looking forward to the Chelsea girl Easter bunny outfits  ;)



Cheers weave

Just read that back...with regard to the tractor/trailer thing, meant helpful farmers not the Police!  :)

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1090 on: January 01, 2015, 11:35:31 AM »
Happy New Year to all! I safely returned to Prague, yesterday afternoon. There was no fresh snow but quite a lot in Prague.

The Cant Cove PWM trolley (a white metal kit I will build later this year -- I wonder should it be painted SR Green or BR Crimson & Green, more difficult) was found safely stabled in Wadebridge station sidings but, as this has happened before, and no trains were running (although some one must have operated the points a local signaller must also have been involved) local management are not investigating with the assumption that a sober PWM department member will return it ASAP to its little wooden shed before it is officially reported as being missing.

From "The Railway Hotel", Cant Cove, the prebooked taxis arrived and departed with their 'tired and emotional' passengers in the early hours of the morning. Whilst, at little faster than walking pace, Farmer Menadue did indeed take home the last remaining customers of the nearby "Tramway Inn", in a trailer lined with bales of hay and loose straw, behind his Fordson tractor.

The local Police Constables at Cant Cove, Penmayne, and Weaver Cove were indeed out and about on their bicycles inbetween drinking black coffee in the public bars of the various local hostelries where they kept an eye open for anyone likely to cause trouble for themselves and others. Wearing thermal underwear gifted (in return for testimonials and photos -- in uniform -- by one of the clients of the London advertising company for which Sylvia works (a large contribution to the Policemen's Ball was also given together with a brace of pheasants and a bottle of vintage port to the Chief Constable by Lady Penelope) the PCs survived the chill night on duty, sober.

In his chauffeur-driven Black & Grey Daimler, the Chief Constable (fortified by brandy from his silver hip flask) also made a tour of inspection before the official Licence Extensions expired before, gratefully, returning to the New Year's Ball at Trevelver Castle where he would be staying for the New Year's Day celebrations. Once the the Chief Constable's chauffeur had returned home, a discreet 'phone call was made to the landlord of the hostelry where each local PC had previously arranged to be at a certain time and the policeman gratefully locked his push bike in one of the pub's outbuildings before removing his police helmet and coat and gratefully settling down on a reserved stool at the bar to join in the celebrations until dawn!

No-one has dared to suggest any Easter Bunny outfits to Sylvia, as yet, and is highly unlikely that Mary Quant would produce such outfits, even for the 'Chelsea Girls', as the Christmas Elf outfits were a special favour with no official order number given them. (However, as Lady Penelope did spend some time in the U.S.A., before her marriage, she would certainly be aware of the 'Easter Bunny' and did arrange Easter Egg hunts at Trevelver Castle for her two children and their friends when they were younger.) However, there will be the "Cornish Belle" bikini beauty competition coming at Easter to promote the steam-hauled, summer only "Cornish Belle" Pullman service to / from Waterloo, publicised by leading London advertising agency, S H Benson Ltd., where Sylvia now works.

However, in the early hours of New Year's Day, Sylvia's reprobate elder brother, Gerald, (who 'manages' "The Railway Hotel" famous for its restaurant's excellent cuisine but notorious for its popularity with couples wanting to escape the possibility of being seen together and, with his German proto-hippy wife, Brigita, the restaurant on a rock off the beach at Penmayne, (very popular with the Pink Floyd), famous for its Greek cuisine, never closing and serving alcohol at all hours of the summer season) ) was overheard trying to interest various of the 'Chelsea Girls' in a summer morning 'artistic' photo shoot at Cant Cove for his planned 'gentlemen's magazine, "Avant". After his offer was repeatedly turned down, Suzi slapped Gerald, hard, before his wife, Brigita, with the help of the Head Butler, escorted him to his bedroom and locked him in! However, Gerald is a rich and persuasive young man so he is confident that he will find some pretty young models willing to pose 'artistically' for his magazine! Alas, being a family Website, such scandalous pictures will have to remain unseen. (The photo shoot will also have to be scheduled for when Cant Cove's stationmaster and family, staunch Methodists, as many Cornish are, are on holiday and a more 'flexible' relief stationmaster, from out of the district, is in charge. The other railway staff, alas, being regular recipients of Gerald's hospitality in the public bar of the "The Railway Hotel", have no moral scruples about such activities; indeed the signalman has offered the use of his signal box as a changing room!)

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« Reply #1091 on: January 01, 2015, 12:31:07 PM »
By the Spring/Early Summer, Trepol Bay station should be up and running so will be able to take part in the various Summer specials.
Hopefully, we will also be in a position to run even more through goods/parcels trains.
Have a good trip back to Prague.
After 3 or 4 days of chilly starts then beautiful cloudless skies it's dark and dank (but milder) here this morning.

Thanks, Martin. That is good news. I still need to examine the Working Time Table for Penmayne - Cant Cove - Wadebridge to see which services could be extended; however, most are out-and-back services. In general, connections are made at Wadebridge as part of the rationalised, integrated services in the area; however, there will be some regular through workings from Penmayne to Trepol Bay and return, especially in the summer passenger train timetable. I need to work out the times for traveling from Wadebridge to Trepol Bay (20 -30 minutes?). A timetable for Wadebridge - Newquay - Truro trains would be very useful but, I realise, a major undertaking.

There is a thaw, here, with rain and low clouds, today.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1092 on: January 01, 2015, 12:35:59 PM »
I'd say 25 mins from Wadebridge to Trepol Bay and a futher 20 minutes to Newquay would be a reasonable assumption.
I'm spending the whole day working on Tepol Bay today (stopped for lunch and glue/paint drying just now). It's a lot of detailed work today so won't be much to see later but I will try to take a photo or two.
Very mild here (12 degrees) , windy and slightly damp - very overcast.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1093 on: January 01, 2015, 01:01:41 PM »
I'd say 25 mins from Wadebridge to Trepol Bay and a further 20 minutes to Newquay would be a reasonable assumption.
I'm spending the whole day working on Tepol Bay today (stopped for lunch and glue/paint drying just now). It's a lot of detailed work today so won't be much to see later but I will try to take a photo or two.
Very mild here (12 degrees) , windy and slightly damp - very overcast.

Thanks, Martin: 25 mins from Wadebridge to Trepol Bay and a further 20 minutes to Newquay, it is. Wadebridge to Trepol Bay services would have to fit in with the Wadebridge - Newquay - Truro services which would also be complex as I'm assuming the joint SR and WR Wadebridge - Newquay - Truro (junction) line would be single track with passing loops at stations? Some Wadebridge - Trepol Bay services would go on to Newquay and some would go on to Truro? The summer timetable would be busier of course, especially at weekends, with the holidaymaker changeover day on Saturdays seeing the peak service. However, I'm assuming long distance trains to Newquay were routed via Par.

Weaver Cove would be 20 minutes from Wadebridge and only five minutes from Trepol Bay; however, it never had a regular passenger service, passengers changing at St. Issey (the station before Weaver Cove East Junction on the Wadebridge - Newquay 'mainline') where railway buses or local taxis took the few tourists on to Weaver Cove.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1094 on: January 01, 2015, 01:03:12 PM »
I'm looking forward to the Easter/ Summer specials. I know the Cove is more freight based but any specials being routed that way will be recorded :D.
 

 

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