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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5535 on: December 28, 2018, 05:04:59 PM »
 :hellosign::greatpicturessign:. Many thanks Chris for the latest superb & informative posts
     regards Derek.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5536 on: December 28, 2018, 09:25:23 PM »
:hellosign::greatpicturessign:. Many thanks Chris for the latest superb & informative posts
     regards Derek.


Thank you, Derek. With all the increased traffic the week before Christmas, Cant Cove has had two locos. acting as station pilots at peak times. Here we see 7446 (83E) 8/50-4/62 with some goods wagons in the bay platform waiting for siding space in the goods yard.



The Drewry 0-6-0 diesel shunter is busy in the yard, making up a goods train for Trepol Bay.


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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5537 on: December 29, 2018, 03:19:49 PM »
Cant Cove's official photographer, John Prynne, Chief Accountant of the "Castle Estates", has got the first of his latest batch of colour prints developed and printed. There has been much to interest the railway enthusiast in the 1962 Christmas period. John was fortunate with some sunshine.

First, was the unusual substitution of recently preserved GWR green 4575 'Slope Tank' No. 5531 for a NB Type 2 on the four-coach Penmayne portion of the “Cathedral Special” working (Penmayne/Wadebridge to Truro) for the mid-morning carol service at Truro Cathedral. The whole train formed of BR Standard coaches maintained in the former BR WR Chocolate & Cream livery especially for Cornish services made a very attractive sight.



An SK followed by a CK formed the first two coaches.



An FO was reserved for passengers from Trevelver Castle joining at Cant Cove.



A BCK bringing up the rear, was caught in some late afternoon sun.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5538 on: December 29, 2018, 04:16:27 PM »
One of the many unusual workings recorded was that of a BR SR M7 on the 11.35 BR SR departure from Trepol Bay for Wadebridge and Penmayne formed of a BR WR BR Crimson & Cream Collett design 2nd Class coach working with a similarly liveried BR WR BR Standard BCK, W21071, allocated to Wadebridge and usually added to through portions to / from Paddington at Bodmin Road.

Here the train can be seen arriving at Cant Cove.







However, the train was reformed at Wadebridge, to allow a St. Blazey pannier tank, 9655 (83E), to get to Cant Cove for snow plough trials and to add an additional Collett composite coach, in front, to cater for the additional passengers joining at Wadebridge, and a tail load of goods vans for the same destination, some loaded -- the first, in the dark green livery of Messrs Prisk & Jones (Fruit & Vegetable Wholesalers), Trepol Bay and third, in the Headland Brewery, Port Perran's black  with gold triangle livery, and one, the second, in "Castle Estates" light blue , empty. One of Wadebridge's SWB "Toad B' brake vans, needed at Cant Cove, brings up the rear.



John was able to photograph the unusual pair, with 9655 (83E), coupled behind the M7. 9655 (83E) provided an interesting comparison with its similarly liveried shedmate, 7446 (83E) in the opposite bay platform.







The M7, later, returned, very unusually, on a goods train for Trepol Bay and Port Perran. (Photos., later.) The three WR BR Crimson & Cream coaches returned from Penmayne to Wadebridge behind a BR WR Plain Black Early Crest 45xx which took them on to Bodmin Road for passengers to connect with mainline services; BR SR services reverting to BR SR locos. and stock for the rest of that day.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5539 on: December 29, 2018, 08:16:48 PM »
Thank you very much, Chris, for these fascinating photographs showing the Christmas 1962 goings-on at Cant Cove.

The January 2019 British Railways Illustrated has a splendid photograph of 'Battle of Britain' 4-6-2 No. 34075 264 Squadron on a curve approaching Penmayne, sorry, Padstow.  This magazine uses the 'strapline' You'll remember those Black and White Days, but, as it's on the cover, the photograph is reproduced in colour!

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5540 on: December 30, 2018, 10:58:38 AM »
Thanks Chris
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5541 on: December 30, 2018, 02:03:31 PM »
Thank you for the latest batches of photos Chris. Including, of course, the mentions of through trains from Trepol Bay.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5542 on: December 30, 2018, 02:20:00 PM »
Thank you, John, Mike, and Martin. I wish you, and all visitors to Cant Cove, a Happy New Year.

That colour photograph of 'Battle of Britain' 4-6-2 No. 34075 "264 Squadron" on a curve approaching Padstow (in our 'Alternative Cornwall' never served by a railway due to the rather earlier building of the line to Penmayne and its development) sounds rather splendid, I wonder whether I have seen it elsewhere, John?

There will be more photos. of through trains to/from Trepol Bay in the days to come, plus stories.


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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5543 on: December 30, 2018, 02:48:59 PM »
With St. Blazey's very ample fleet of sub-shedded North British Type 2s, the 1100 H.P. D.6300 Class class, out of service due to alleged contaminated engine oil, all local services are, currently, powered by steam locos. Therefore, Trepol Bay was keen for the return of the M7 as soon as possible. Accordingly, the 0-4-4T was turned around on Penmayne's turntable and coupled at the head of a goods train for Trepol Bay, Port Perran, Truro, (and the last two, ferry wagons) West Porthsea Town & Quay.





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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5544 on: December 30, 2018, 03:53:01 PM »
Many thanks Chris.
I’ve been away for a few days visiting relatives in Wiltshire and, of course, taking in Bristol City v Rotherham on the way home.
I hope to have Trepol Bay up and running again (after our guests visiting over Christmas) by Wednesday at the latest.
I can then re-create some photographs.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5545 on: December 30, 2018, 05:22:35 PM »
Many thanks Chris.
I’ve been away for a few days visiting relatives in Wiltshire and, of course, taking in Bristol City v Rotherham on the way home.
I hope to have Trepol Bay up and running again (after our guests visiting over Christmas) by Wednesday at the latest.
I can then re-create some photographs.

Thanks, Martin. No problem. It's always difficult to co-ordinate photo. taking around Christmas and New Year. I'll get some more photos. up over the next couple of days now that I have more free time, at last.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5546 on: December 30, 2018, 07:42:14 PM »
   On Saturday, December 22nd, 1962, Sylvia, Eli, 'Big' Belinda, Suzi, Monique, Jenny, Angela, and Amanda, had arrived, in two pre-booked black cabs from Chelsea, at Waterloo, in plenty of time for the 4PM to Penmayne, in case of any traffic problems. Angela, now almost fully recovered, had their tickets and reservations safely in her purse inside her capacious brown leather Gucci handbag. The eager station porters were noticeably disappointed by the relative lack of luggage for seven clearly fashionable, affluent young ladies. However, the results of many happy hours spent on Oxford, Regent, and Bond Streets, plus Mayfair, had already been sent on ahead as Express Parcels to Trevelver Castle and the majority of their cases by Luggage In Advance, all smoothly organised by Angela.

With their small leather travelling cases neatly stacked on a single porter’s hand trolley, the “Chelsea Girls’ were politely shown to the nearest door to their reserved seats in the long train’s leading carriage, a First Open, in the same immaculate shining dark green BR SR livery of the rest of the train behind it. As expected, there was no sign, yet, of their train’s loco. After placing their travel cases on the luggage racks, the girls quickly settled in their seats, the porter thanking them, as he left, for the generous tip paid by Angela. As the porter firmly closed the carriage door, they noticed the reserved seats in the bay opposite their two bays.

   “Mmm,” remarked Eli, as Sylvia took her seat next to her best friend, “I see that our loco. is not the only thing missing, is it?”

   “No, it’s not. Where IS Jeremy? He promised to travel down with us. He was supposed to meet us on this platform. I do hope he’s not still drinking in some members only bar!”

   “Mmm,” replied Eli, “and where is Giles?”

   “And where are their two pals, for that matter? Maybe all in the same bar, Eli?”

   “Let’s check the seat reservations, Sylvi. I have an ‘unch. Up!”

   The two friends walked over and read their attached labels.

   “Reserved to Cant Cove.”
   “Reserved to Cant Cove.”
   “Reserved to Cant Cove.”
   “Reserved to Cant Cove.”

   “Well, ‘Sherlock’,” grinned Eli, “who else would be going to Cant Cove, First Class, at this time of year, Sylvi?”

   “Hmm,” responded Sylvia. “You got me there, Eli. But,” she glanced down at the small Omega white gold watch, a 21st birthday present from her loving parents, “it’s almost five to four and there is no sign of . . . “

   Suddenly, there was a piercing whistle followed by the slightest of jolts to their carriage.

   “That must be our engine,” smiled Eli, “just in time”.

   “Good, but, WHERE, for goodness sake, is Captain Jeremy Corentyn Cador? And that whistle did not sound like one of the Bulleid Pacifics!”

   “Well, it is Christmas, and there are very many trains running, Sylvi . . .”, replied her friend soothingly.

   “It’s some small, rather dirty little black loco., Sylvi,” exclaimed, Angela, already leaning out of the window above their seats in case she saw their friends. “Your Nannie taught you all their names; go and have a look. I’m closing this window before we all get cold.”

   “That’s right, Angela,” cried Amanda. “It’s freezing out there!”

   Sylvia, putting on her coat, hurried to the carriage door and, pushing down the window, quickly leaned out as the engine’s crew were busy coupling the loco. up to their train.

   “Why, it’s an ‘N’! A little 2-6-0, not a big Pacific 4-6-2! They must be really short of engines at Nine Elms and it’ll have to take this packed train all the way through to Exeter Central before any of the coaches are taken off.”

   “You’re right. It’s from Salisbury, miss,” responded the driver. “But, we’ll do our very best to keep to time.”

   Their train’s guard had been busy giving the details of the train to the engine driver whilst the fireman made the final connections. The guard looked up then down to a handwritten note attached to his journal.

   “Are you, by any chance, Miss Trevelver?”

   “Yes, Guard, I am.”

   “Good. Follow me, please, Miss, and quickly, our train must depart on time to get well out of London before the rush hour.”

   “What is it?”

   “Do you have a Miss Guillou with you?” was the only reply.

   “Yes.”

“Good. Please, tell her to quickly join us.”

   Bemused, Sylvia did as asked, the Breton girl quickly donning her overcoat as she ran to join them as they hurried down the now empty, curving platform. They quickly passed the jam-packed Buffet and Restaurant Cars, where they caught a glimpse of what looked very like two Royal Navy officers standing at the bar counter with their backs to the misty window, then the final, fully occupied Compartment Second, coach of the Penmayne bound portion of the 4PM special.

   “Quick, ladies, climb in,” beckoned the guard as he opened the door in the long wooden bodied van marked GUARD. Climbing up after them, he stood in the open doorway, checked the platform to left and right and waited for the rear train guard to blow his whistle and wave his green flag before doing the same so that the loco’s driver could receive the right away after checking the signal at the platform end was still clear.

   Exactly at 4 o’clock, with a slow, steady pull, the little loco. gamely set to its task with a will. The long green train slowly snaking its way out of the terminus weaving its way between a stream of similarly coloured trains entering and leaving, many with steam locos. at their head, their steam bright white in the frosty air.

   Satisfied that all was well, the guard firmly closed the door and moved towards the warmth of the iron stove in his compartment.

   “Now, what is so important, Guard, that you wanted us to join you in this draughty van, instead of our nice, warm carriage, with our friends?” asked Sylvia. “Especially as this train is supposed to be non-stop to Salisbury!”
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5547 on: December 30, 2018, 07:48:26 PM »
Why has the train guard summoned Sylvia and Eli to the Bogie B van with no gangway to the rest of the train?

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5548 on: December 30, 2018, 07:51:35 PM »
Why has the train guard summoned Sylvia and Eli to the Bogie B van with no gangway to the rest of the train?
Why indeed?
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« Reply #5549 on: December 30, 2018, 08:23:28 PM »
Back to the events of some weeks before December 1962.

   Fermin Muguruza had been very reluctant to bid goodbye to Anne Rae and her North American friends at Paddington Station but a promise was a promise, especially to one of his very best friends in the University of Salamanca’s English department. Annie Rae had promised to send an urgent telegram to his friends on his behalf, pocketing his note in her jeans but refusing to accept any money from him, and they had already exchanged names and addresses. They had then hugged in the queue at the ticket counter, Fermin not daring to kiss her, before sadly parting. Fermin had bought a single to Reading, remembering not to pronounce it as ‘reading’, the irony of which made him smile to himself. The ticket clerk had told him the platform for the next fastest train to his destination and Fermin had briskly walked to it, shown his ticket, then boarded the furthest Second Class carriage, and found an empty seat on the opposite side from the platform in an empty compartment. As he had walked along the train, he had checked in the windows’ reflection that he was not being followed, as he had been taught. It was good to be as careful as possible, especially as what he was soon to do would, if discovered, be severely punished by Franco’s authoritarian regime.
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