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Author Topic: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)  (Read 499874 times)

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1050 on: December 18, 2014, 07:51:51 AM »
Looks good. Headline in a slightly different font/colour perhaps ?

Yes, I'm not happy about the headline font, Martin. I've changed the entire font to Gill Sans which BR used.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1051 on: December 18, 2014, 09:58:10 AM »
Some (poor quality due to bad lighting) photographs have surfaced of some of the Christmas Steam specials:

"Jubilee" with Stanier design coaches on its way to Bodmin Road:



Bodmin GWS's preserved 61XX with WR C&C stock which will run from Bodmin Road to Wadebridge:



Bodmin GWS's preserved 57XX with WR C&C stock which will run from Wadebridge to Penmayne:

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1052 on: December 18, 2014, 03:00:13 PM »
It seems to me that this here choo choo is going to be travelling through Wookery territory.
If you don't want trouble with the unions and all the signals set to red for you, I think you are going to have to let a King or Castle haul your coaches through Bristol  :D

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1053 on: December 18, 2014, 03:30:20 PM »
As you know, Mike, "Jubilees" regularly hauled cross-country expresses trains to Bristol. A Bristol Barrow Road crew (driver, fireman, both ASLEF members plus an inspector, NUR) with the necessary pilotmen (all NUR members) have already agreed to take the sold-out ex-Leeds special train through to Exeter where a second Bristol Barrow Road crew, again, with the necessary pilotman, will be waiting to take it on to Bodmin Road where the train will terminate, passengers transferring to the steam shuttle service to Wadebridge where they can change on to a variety of steam hauled specials to Penmayne or Trepol Bay (some going via Weaver Cove) or even down to Port Perran (via Newquay). There are also scheduled services from Port Perran to Truro. Some services may be diesel-hauled or diesel units where required.

As there is also a fast selling-out connecting special (provisionally formed: BCK,SK,CK,SK,BSK) from Wolverhampton LL and Birmingham Snow Hill (hauled by a brand new BR Green "Western"; by the end of 1962, diesels were making major inroads into the WR loco. fleet) calling at Bodmin Road (where a portion will be detached for Wadebridge) then Truro before going through to Port Perran, there is no reason why the Bristol Division cannot send a "Castle" or "King" hauled special to Bodmin Road and Truro, too! (Locos. to be changed over at Exeter.) I'm sure that the enthusiast grapevine has already been asking for one. However, whether a "Castle" hauled train can run through to Port Perran must be taken up with local management. 8-) There are still suitable paths as the South-West is, of course, operating the Winter 1962 and not Summer timetable.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1054 on: December 18, 2014, 03:59:45 PM »
As the "Station Hotel", Cant Cove, will be hosting a mini beer festival with the full winter range of Castle Brewery and Headland Brewery ales plus imported Kronenbourg, all on draft, to celebrate the Christmas Steam Specials, GWS Bodmin are going to run their 14XX plus two preserved GWR autocoaches (all still in various BR liveries) in the path of the Summer Timetable's "Cant Cove Shuttle" between Wadebridge, Cant Cove and Penmayne. Should passenger numbers require it, the Collet SK used on market days with the local B Set will be added; Penmayne's station pilot (a SR Class 03 or 04) and Wadebridge's (a GWR 1366 Class 0-6-0PT dock tank) will have to smartly move the Collett to the rear of the train, a manoeuvre sure to add extra interest for the railway enthusiasts!
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1055 on: December 18, 2014, 07:22:57 PM »
It is to be hoped that pictures of  the special arriving at Port Perran will be published tomorrow.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1056 on: December 18, 2014, 07:55:32 PM »
It is to be hoped that pictures of  the special arriving at Port Perran will be published tomorrow.

Excellent, news. The first day of the Cornish Christmas Steam Specials looks like getting off to a great start, Martin! 8-)

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1057 on: December 18, 2014, 08:37:29 PM »
Looking great Chris. Weaver Cove running specials will be coming up this weekend. :D :D
Your running specials look great Chris.



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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1058 on: December 18, 2014, 09:05:41 PM »
Looking great Chris. Weaver Cove running specials will be coming up this weekend. :D :D
Your running specials look great Chris.

Thanks, Jon. (The "Jubilee" needs the tender connector fixing and the GWR 61XX has some missing patches of paint, which will need fixing.) I hope to actually be able to run these (non-DCC) trains, next month! I look forward to the Weaver Cove specials, this weekend.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1059 on: December 19, 2014, 12:16:47 AM »
The local railwaymen in the Wadebridge area have heard that a special train from Wolverhampton LL and Birmingham Snow Hill will be departing tomorrow morning carrying excited railway (and beer) enthusiasts to the Cornish Christmas Steam Specials. The stationmaster at Bodmin Road has been warned that the special hauled by one of the brand new Green D10XX "Westerns" (with a travelling Swindon trained fitter in attendance), will be leaving a portion there to be taken forward to Wadebridge and Penmayne. The details will be sent by telex early tomorrow but the BR WR Chocolate & Cream Mark 1 formation is said to be: BCK, SK, SO, RMB, CK -- 1st class section next to RMB, BSK, Green "Western"; with both the guard's sections positioned at the outer ends (as was BR regulations for many years for passenger safety reasons). I have all of those coaches so can show a portion (BCK, SK, SO) running through to Penmayne, via Wadebridge, with one of my WR steam locos. with the other portion RMB, CK -- 1st class section next to RMB, BSK, Green "Western" running through from Truro to Port Perran, assuming the catering crew are willing to man their coach all that way. If not the RMB will run through to Penmayne at the end of the BCK, SK, SO formation and a local crew supported by staff and supplies from the "Railway Hotel" will take over. it is rumoured that a FK may be added at Wadebridge for the Lord and Lady of Trevelver Castle and their special guests. Tomorrow, we will see! 8-)
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1060 on: December 19, 2014, 03:35:59 AM »
Looking great Chris. Weaver Cove running specials will be coming up this weekend. :D :D
Your running specials look great Chris.

Thanks, Jon. (The "Jubilee" needs the tender connector fixing and the GWR 61XX has some missing patches of paint, which will need fixing.) I hope to actually be able to run these (non-DCC) trains, next month! I look forward to the Weaver Cove specials, this weekend.

Looking forward to seeing them run Chris.

Merry Christmas

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1061 on: December 19, 2014, 08:21:56 AM »
Thanks, Paddy. I wish you a Merry Christmas, too, and continued excellent railway modelling. The plan for Cant Cove is to lay the scenery blocks of insulating material after Christmas, install the wiring underneath and then add the track and wire droppers. Not all the track will be permanently positioned immediately as trial running will have to take place and a Hex Frog Juicer purchased. At first, operation will be DC only until the DCC Controller arrives. However, not all locos are DCC and not all DCC-fitted motive power is here, yet.

Excellent news: my landlord is a pro with wiring and soldering! :claphappy: So, come January he can put his skills to the test!
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1062 on: December 19, 2014, 02:52:23 PM »
The local owners of boarding houses, inns, and hotels in North and West Cornwall are already stating that the Cornish Christmas Steam Specials program of events is the best thing that has happened to the local tourist trade for decades. BR WR and SR HQs are congratulating themselves for backing it as is Cornwall County Council; after all it is said that success has many proud parents! The directors of the Castle Brewery, Headland Brewery, and Penmayne Pasty Co., are similarly congratulated themselves on listening to the eloquent Lady of Trevelver Castle and her enthusiastic daughter, Sylvia, for sponsoring such an unusual program of events. Meanwhile, the Head Chef of the "Railway Hotel", Cant Cove, is turning the air blue with oaths as he tries to oversee all the special culinary events. Fortunately, only those who understand Cornish can comprehend his Breton oaths! Sylvia and her Chelsea Girls have been to the final fitting of their Christmas Elf costumes and distributing the collecting boxes for Dr. Barnados, their chosen charity for this Christmas' events.

The latest rumour is that a specially reinstated BR WR "King" class locomotive will reappear (the last ones having been withdrawn from BR service earlier in the year) at Exeter on a special train of BR Maroon Collett coaches promoted by the previously little-known Wookery Preservation Society, (WPS). The "King" will haul the coaches to Exeter, where a "Battle of Britain" class loco. (rumoured to be 34064 "Fighter Command") is now provisionally booked to take the train on from Exeter to Bodmin Road (for connections with the steam specials to Wadebridge) and then on to Truro (for connections with the steam specials to Port Perran and Newquay). Some coaches may be detached for Wadebridge at Bodmin Road and some at Truro for Port Perran if there is sufficient demand and suitable local arrangements to take them forward can be made in time.

Meanwhile, BR SR HQ in Waterloo has been dusting off a faded copy of the 1954 timetable and making plans to temporarily reinstate the 'Special Connection' of 26 & 27 December 1954 for the coming weekend to bring enthusiasts to Penmayne in time for the next days' events. The train is scheduled to depart Waterloo at 16.00 and will arrive at Exeter at 20.16 where a N Class loco. will take charge (unfortunately as it will be running at night, no photos. are likely). The 'Special Connection' is scheduled to arrive at Wadebridge at 23.31, Cant Cove at 23.38, departing at 23.40 (this very unusual stop is for guests of the "Railway Hotel" -- a bar extension has been granted until 1AM in the back bar) and Trevelver Castle (where the bar never closes over Christmas and New Year) ), finally arriving at Penmayne at 23.44 (local accommodation owners at all stops have been warned). The volunteer railwaymen who are keeping the Bodmin General - Wadebridge to Penmayne line open an extra hour until midnight especially to allow the safe arrival and departure of the 'Special Connection' have been promised a crate each of bottled Castle Brewery 'Christmas Ale' (ABV 7%) and an extra large Penmayne Pasty on top of the usual overtime payment!
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1063 on: December 19, 2014, 05:03:18 PM »
The members of the Cornish Loco. Pres. Group (CLPG) at Cant Cove and the GWS at Bodmin General have been hard at work preparing their steam locomotives plus making ready for the visitors. BR staff at Penmayne, Cant Cove, and Wadebridge are at summer peak staffing levels; as have been, earlier this week, the staff at the Penmayne Pasty Co., and earlier this month, the staff at the Castle Brewery making sure that all the local licensed premises are fully stocked as if it were a summer weekend. The overnight 00.15 from Waterloo has been sold out for every night from the 18th to 24th inclusive and several extra 'loose' Maunsell SKs have had to be added as well as the reserved SR BR Mark 1 FK and RMB for the night of Friday 21st to bring Sylvia and the Chelsea crowd down for the party at Trevelver Castle following the party at the family's Chelsea town house. A loaded "Terry's All Gold" box van, from York, and a Ferry Van from Burgundy (disguised as carrying bananas) have been delivered to the end of the Castle branch for unloading! The photographer and his assistant had to be booked into a double room at the "Railway Hotel", Cant Cove, as all the other rooms were booked . . . For some reason they did not seem to be at all inconvenienced; maybe it was the chilled bottle of champagne and two flute glasses left in their room anonymously paid for by their friends in the CLPG?
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1064 on: December 20, 2014, 08:25:47 AM »
The first Christmas Special from Wolverhampton Low Level to Cornwall departed behind a specially prepared green D10xx Western with a train comprising  BSK, CK (1st class section next to the RMB), RMB, SO, SK, BCK.

Pathing restrictions meant the train was routed from Birmingham Snow Hill to via Hatton North Junction where it passed through Claverdon before proceeding to Bearley West Junction.

Passing under the Warwick Road bridge a couple of young spotters are keen to get a rare look at one of the new Western diesels on this line.



It looks like a bit of weed-killing is due on the line.



It wasn't easy to get a picture of the whole train but here's the Western with BSK, CK and RMB



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