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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5700 on: February 23, 2019, 09:49:45 AM »
Having arrived at Wadebridge, 30313 will retire to the shed for servicing whilst the  scratch set is worked forward to Trepol Bay behind one of the local 45xx prarie tanks.
The train is in reverse formation having arrived at Wadebridge (via West Junction). It then departs in the same direction heading for Trepol Bay.
A local aerial photographer tracked the train which is seen here passing Wadebridge depot (with another prarie and an N mogul in residence) shortly after passing  West Junction.
93785581-C534-46EE-9066-D8E75E7CEB90 by martin scane, on Flickr

And here is the train on arrival into Platform 2 at Trepol Bay station.
71E0B0A8-0FA9-417B-BAF2-AE74ADEF558C by martin scane, on Flickr
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5701 on: February 23, 2019, 10:10:41 AM »
Many thanks, Martin, for these excellent photos. 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. It seems that his (anonymous) colleague has been brave enough to accept Craig's offer to take him up for some photos., too.

The train's guard was most put out by not having any suitable accommodation, having to ride in the end corridor section of the Maunsell. However, he was promised that, at Trepol Bay, a suitable brake end coach would be added for the return trip! (The 'Fat Controller', from BR Plymouth HQ, was confidently believed nowhere near . . .)
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5702 on: February 23, 2019, 04:06:04 PM »

The train's guard was most put out by not having any suitable accommodation, having to ride in the end corridor section of the Maunsell. However, he was promised that, at Trepol Bay, a suitable brake end coach would be added for the return trip! (Fortunately, the 'Fat Controller', from BR Plymouth HQ, was nowhere near.)

Don’t be so sure Chris.
A spot of shunting was taking place at Trepol Bay as the train from Wadebridge arrived into Platform 2.
Look who was lurking behind a conveniently placed van.
B27D865D-80BA-4613-8564-80C25DE3F477 by martin scane, on Flickr
I fear that trouble could be brewing..........
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5703 on: February 23, 2019, 04:10:13 PM »
Very good, Martin. A very sharp photo. Getting out of this one will certainly test the ingenuity of those responsible for running the two coaches beyond Wadebridge without a brake end coach!

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5704 on: February 23, 2019, 07:50:12 PM »
Some 5 minutes later the Fat Controller made his move, crossing the tracks and climbing, as elegantly as his bulk would allow, up onto the platform just as driver Eddie Bligh was about to oil round his prarie in preparation for the run back to Wadebridge.  Davie Thomas, Eddie’s young fireman had been given unofficial permission by the well respected driver to pop over to the local pub for a packet of Woodbines. This was a regular routine as both fireman and guard were keen smokers.
The train guard, spotting the Fat Controller watching proceedings with growing displeasure, sprinted along the platform in order to intervene with a hastily thought out excuse for the lack of the correct carriage in the tran and for the absence of the fireman.
867A1CCA-F256-486A-AD68-3A6968EE3D54 by martin scane, on Flickr
The Fat Controller was having none of it insisting that the elderly Southern Railway compartment coach be removed immediately to be replaced by a suburban brake which had been standing in a siding. As far as he was concerned the matter could be sorted back at Wadebridge.
Luckily a spare prarie tank was in steam on the shed and was requisitioned to carry out the necessary shunting manoeuvres :
02081573-3C69-4BE2-8040-D46D1EA3163F by martin scane, on Flickr
The guard, Andrew Parks, carried out his part in the shunting operation to the letter watched intently by the Fat Controller who was looking for the tiniest mistake.
The return train to Wadebridge finally departed some 8 minutes late with the Fat Controller on the footplate.
Prior to departure the Controller had summoned driver, fireman and guard to the end of the platform informing all three that no one would go off duty on arrival at Wadebridge until the matter was resolved to his complete satisfaction. Driver Eddie Bligh was seething but had to keep his cool  knowing that his every move was under close scrutiny.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5705 on: February 23, 2019, 07:54:23 PM »
Over to you Chris.....
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5706 on: February 23, 2019, 09:01:45 PM »
Thanks, Martin.

The train crew were in a very awkward position. The platform at Wadebridge had been full of waiting passengers and Bill Truscott, the Wadebridge Yardmaster had stated that there was no brake end coach in the sidings available but there was one at Trepol Bay. No-one, Bill assured them, would say anything if they agreed to take the train out, on time. Driver Eddie Bligh was responsible for the loco. and his fireman, young Davie Thomas, plus had overall responsibility for the train and its safe and punctual running. The two coaches were well within the safe operating limits of the 45xx which had been given a thorough examination for any damage caused by the severe winter and had passed with flying colours. At all times, one or both of the loco. crew had regularly checked their train whilst always ensuring there was no danger ahead of them.

With the silent 'Fat Controller' on the footplate, Davie had barely room to swing his coal shovel yet alone discuss the situation with Eddie. However, Davie knew Eddie to be a very fair man who certainly would not blame his fireman for anything that was not his fault. Eddie's unspoken opinion was that, if the guard had been willing to take the train out riding at the back of the preserved SR coach then it was not up to him or his mate to say anything. The reluctant guard had agreed that if the train needed to be stopped. for any reason, he would wave his red flag out of the window of the side of the coach where it would be most visible to the loco. crew and that had seemed reasonable to him

Sitting in the guard's compartment of the Suburban Brake coach, Andrew Parks cursed their bad luck that, somehow, the 'Fat Controller' had managed to arrive unannounced and unseen, at Trepol Bay. What they had agreed to do had been to provide a punctual train service for their passengers but had broken the most basic requirements of safe passenger train operation. What would happen to him and his friends?

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5707 on: February 23, 2019, 09:06:07 PM »
What indeed?   :uneasy:
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5708 on: February 23, 2019, 09:20:03 PM »
Suddenly, Andrew Parks had an idea.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5709 on: February 24, 2019, 08:06:42 AM »
A very interesting story and excellent photographs.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5710 on: February 24, 2019, 08:54:57 AM »
On the trip back to Wadebridge the Fat Controller was considering his options.
He had come across the situation quite by chance having earlier travelled up to Port Perran from Plymouth via Truro and Port Perran. At Port Perran he had boarded the brake van of a local trip freight to Trepol Bay merely to assess the ridng qualities of the brake van which had recently been overhauled at the Trepol Bay wagon works. A routine inspection to ensure that the wagon works were completing work to a good standard.
On arrival at Trepol Bay the Controller took the opportunity to inspect a box van also revently overhauled by the wagon works.
It was while inspecting this van, conveniently being shunted on the main line, that the controller spotted the arriving local from Wadebridge with no brake carriage.
Whilst, in the grand scheme of things, the Fat Controller fully appreciated what had happened , he was a stickler for procedure and rules had been broken and safety had been compromised.
He was only too well aware of the tremedous reputation of  driver Bligh and the huge promise shown by the young fireman Davie Thomas. The controller had no desire to reprimand the pair too heavily but somehing had to be done.
Similarly, the guard Andrew Parks, recently transferred to North Cornwall from Westbury, came highly recommended by his former colleagues.
How had this situation arisen, who was at fault and what to do? This was the dilema faced by the Fat Controller from Plymouth.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5711 on: February 24, 2019, 10:17:16 AM »
Rising from his seat, after taking a deep breath to steady himself, the train guard quickly removed the contents of his somewhat battered metal lunchbox and carefully placed them on a convenient shelf. Then, removing a page from his little dark brown leather covered notebook, stamped GWS (Cornwall) in gilt letters, he quickly wrote a short note with a pencil taken from his jacket pocket. His handwriting was very neat and clear. Then, after placing the note in his now empty lunchbox, and taking some twine kept in his guard's leather bag and his penknife from his trouser pocket, Parks tightly wrapt the lunchbox in string ensuring that the lid was secure. As the train slowed for a curve, he opened the inward facing guard's door and waited for the signalbox to appear. Sure enough, the conscientious 'bobby' was looking out of the track facing windows. Andrew Parks waved to the signalman then carefully threw out the metal box so that it landed near the signalbox steps. He knew his bowling skills would come in handy, one day. Pointing behind him, Parks was relieved to see the signalman nod and give a thumbs up. It was now all up to the signalman to act, and very swiftly, on the note to ensure that the one person who could save them all from imminent censure, or worse, was informed in time to get to Wadebridge station. All the time he had checked that the 'Fat Controller' had not appeared at the loco. cab's side. He had not. Closing the door, Parks took another deep breath and returned to his seat. There were the regular stops to be made before the junction outside Wadebridge station where the train might be held to let a more important connecting train arrive. Pondering the local geography, he reckoned they were in with a chance.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5712 on: February 24, 2019, 11:14:47 AM »
The name of the 'Fat Controller' is William Wickham. Despite his public school education, as was usual for future railway management, William, who is a skilled engineer with a depth of knowledge in matters civil and mechanical, was apprenticed with Sir William Stanier at the Great Western Railway's Swindon works, which gave him a great and abiding love of all things Great Western. Meeting a local girl while on holiday, in Brixham, Devon, William was delighted to be promoted to a series of management positions at BR's Plymouth HQ which enabled the married couple to move from Swindon. Due to his enjoyment of good food and drink (his wife being a trained Cordon Bleu chef), he soon acquired his nickname. He is respected as being very firm but fair in all his judgements.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5713 on: February 24, 2019, 11:48:41 AM »
Photo to come
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5714 on: February 24, 2019, 11:55:40 AM »
Thanks, Martin. Please, include the name of the signalman and signalbox, too. I'll write more after that. Also, what day of the week is it, please? It is a very nice, sunny, springlike day.

 

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