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Author Topic: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)  (Read 511894 times)

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5715 on: February 24, 2019, 12:02:02 PM »
Bill Truscott, the Wadebridge Yardmaster, was enjoying a strong mug of tea when his telephone rang in his hut. He quickly understood the urgency and importance of the message and decided that he must take the ultimate responsibility on his broad shoulders. However, if fortune favoured them, help could soon be at hand. He dialled a number that he knew by heart and prayed, like the good Methodist lay preacher he was, that it would be immediately and positively answered.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5716 on: February 24, 2019, 12:29:43 PM »
Meanwhile, Eddie Bligh had brought his train to a text book stop at the signal. Being a Friday, the 11.55 from Penmayne to Exeter had been given priority and is seen here passing Wadebridge West Junction with 34065 Hurricane in charge. The Exeter train was due in to Wadebridge at 12.08 and was running right time.
430D0787-B937-436E-A32E-E1F06A423369 by martin scane, on Flickr
Signalman Neamiah Treskerby of Wadebridge West box was a very good friend of driver Bligh but, having been forwarned of Controller Truscott’s presence on the footplate, decided, wisely, not to descend from his box to exchange pleasantries with both driver and fireman. Talk of Cornwall’s chances against Bedfordshire the following day would have to wait.
Having received the all clear from the signalman at Wadebridge station box, Treskerby pulled the signal to clear for the prarie tank at precisely 12.07 meaning arrival at Wadebridge station would be 12.15 leaving the pacific plenty of time to depart towards Exeter.
Bill Triuscott, yardmaster at Wadebridge was delighted that all trains were running right time an essential element in ensuring that his plan had every chance of working.
Blgh opened the regulator and his train gathered speed up to the maximum of 25mph with no hint of a slip or judder. Standing in the corner of the footplate so as not to be in the way, Controller Truscott was impressed though he said nothing.
Davie Thomas however was sure that he caught a momentary glimpse of a smile on the controller’s face.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5717 on: February 24, 2019, 12:59:13 PM »
Thanks for the excellent photo., Martin, the signal protecting the junction leaves no room for error in coming to a halt.

The signalman at the box after Trepol Bay had quickly retrieved the battered lunchbox and taken it into his cabin where he had undone the string by the simple expedient of cutting through it with his penknife, removed the lid and removed and carefully read the message. Immediately he picked up the 'phone and called the Wadebridge Yardmaster. As expected, Bill Truscott answered on the second ring. Swiftly, the anxious signalman read out the urgent request from guard, Andrew Parks. After thanking the signalman for his swift action, the Wadebridge Yardmaster dialled the number of the Wadebridge stationmaster. There was no time to walk over to the station.

The signalman had then used the omnibus circuit to warn the signalboxes ahead of him that the 'Fat Controller' was on the train from Trepol Bay.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5718 on: February 24, 2019, 01:07:48 PM »
Hi Chris (IP) and Martin,

Great stuff as usual.

Have added some of the names to Alternative Cornwall and Friends so please check. Then we must start to clear it out as on page 3 now. No jokes  ;).

Keep up the good work.

Cheers weave  :beers:

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5719 on: February 24, 2019, 01:32:57 PM »
Thanks, Chris (Weave) and, of course, Martin.

The 11.55 from Penmayne to Bodmin North, normally, formed of a BR SR 2P local set plus an Ivatt 2-6-2T, arriving at Wadebridge at 12.04, departing at 12.25, had had its two elderly Maunsell design coaches added behind a Women's Institute special to Exeter with one of the local favourites, 34065 "Hurricane" in charge. At Wadebridge, the waiting Ivatt would take over the uncoupled 2P set after the W.I. train had departed, on time.

Replacing the receiver, Bill Truscott, breathed a sigh of relief. Checking the Southern Railway clock on the hut's wall, he saw that there would just be enough time.

Over at the station, the stationmaster checked his appearance in the full-length mirror installed by the Southern Railway for just such occasions. He adjusted the first of the spring carnations in his buttonhole and was satisfied. He checked his fob watch. time to walk out to the platform.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5720 on: February 24, 2019, 01:44:21 PM »
Alternative Cornwall and Friends
Help! I can't remember where to find Alternative Cornwall and Friends.
With kind regards
Laurence
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5721 on: February 24, 2019, 01:56:52 PM »
The 1.15 am from Waterloo, via Okehampton, 12.09pm arrival, had pulled into the scheduled platform at Wadebridge station, right on time. The Wadebridge stationmaster had noticed that the N Class loco. and its train of two BR SR Green BR Standard coaches, a BSK plus a BCK behind a PMV for Trepol Bay and a BY for Penmayne, looked especially clean and well-turned out. Exmouth Junction's Ns were, typically, dirty and uncared for but, today, it had been different. The passenger door of the First Class section of the BCK had been exactly in front of where the stationmaster stood at attention, a bouquet of flowers, previously ordered from the florists, held behind his immaculately uniformed back. He had advanced to the door and opened it, greeted the important passenger and invited her to accompany him to his office for a nice cup of tea.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5722 on: February 24, 2019, 02:08:03 PM »
Alternative Cornwall and Friends
Help! I can't remember where to find Alternative Cornwall and Friends.
Try Alternative West Country.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5723 on: February 24, 2019, 02:22:51 PM »
Sorry Laurence,

My fault. Senior moment.

Thanks Martin.

Cheers weave  :beers:

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5724 on: February 24, 2019, 02:56:27 PM »
On arrival at Wadebridge station, the 'Fat Controller' had carefully stepped down from the cab and made his way to a station bench close by where he could enjoy some early Spring sunshine.

"I'll wait, here, for you," was all he said. The crew busied themselves as they prepared to run around their train for the return to Trepol Bay, Port Perran, and Truro, including adding the BR SR PMV. That done, they waited, silently, for their relieving WR colleagues to take over from them.

Their relieving crew was accompanied by a grave-faced Yardmaster who, after politely greeting William Wickham and the taciturn loco. crew, invited the four railwaymen to adjourn to his office where, he said, he had a fresh pot of strong tea waiting.

The 'Fat Controller', thanked Bill Truscott but stated that he wanted, first, to await the 12.57 arrival of the 12.20 WR service from Bodmin Road as it was conveying an important passenger from a Paddington train.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5725 on: February 24, 2019, 03:38:38 PM »
The 12.20 WR service from Bodmin Road arrived, exactly on time at 12.57 formed of an immaculately cleaned and polished BR Lined Green 4575, instead of the booked Type 2 diesel, plus the customary BR Lined Maroon B Set to which had been added the spare BR WR BCK kept at Bodmin Road sidings for just such occasions. Once more, the station master checked his appearance in his office mirror before, with the 'Fat Controller', greeting the important passenger as he stepped onto the platform from the First Class section of the specially cleaned BCK.

After he had greeted the two senior railwaymen, the stationmaster accompanied the passenger to his office where the other important passenger was waiting for them enjoying tea and biscuits off GWR china. Whilst they walked, the stationmaster explained the unexpected arrival of William Wickham (the 'Fat Controller') and the unfortunate discovery of the unavoidably incorrectly formed Wadebridge-Trepol Bay and return local passenger working. The stationmaster's second important guest nodded and expressed his deep sympathy for the railwaymen's predicament.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5726 on: February 24, 2019, 04:12:23 PM »
William Wickham had been as surprised to see the important passenger as he had been to see him. However, after the stationmaster had informed him of the identity of the first important passenger waiting in his office it made sense. However, it did not make his decision any the easier. Everyone in North and West Cornwall knew of the heroic work done by the railway staff, including the three railwaymen, over the last few months of extreme weather.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5727 on: February 24, 2019, 07:19:11 PM »
I think that Guard Parks has some explaining to do.  He is in charge of the train and would have given the 'right away' to the driver to depart.  Without a brake carriage in the formation, he would have neither a means of properly applying the brake nor a vacuum gauge.

I assume that Mr Wickham is the District Inspector.  He appears to be a good sort and will know how to deal with this...

That's a lovely picture of 'BoB' No. 34065 and the 'Forty-Five'.  Incidentally, I expect that the signal will be protected by a track circuit.  Otherwise Driver Bligh would have sent his fireman up to the 'Box to do a "Rule 55, Officer", see the collar was on the signal lever and 'sign the book'.

Great story and I look forward to what happens next.

Many thanks.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5728 on: February 24, 2019, 08:51:52 PM »
Thank you, John. As with the best of these short stories, it was initiated by Martin who has supplied the excellent photos., too.

Mr. Wickham is the BR Plymouth HQ General Manager, known to all as the 'Fat Controller'. He has experience in every area of railway operations, beginning with the late-lamented GWR at Swindon Works. BR WR's future Plymouth Division (successor to BR SR's current Plymouth District) covers not only Cornwall, Devon, and Dorset (like the Plymouth District) but also Somerset and Wiltshire.

Guard Parks is well aware of being in charge of the train but, being new to Cornwall, had allowed himself to be persuaded by the Yardmaster's assurance and the loco. crew's determination to take the heavily loaded train out on time. He knew that the line between Trepol Bay and Wadebridge was virtually level all the way and that the braking power of the 4575 was more than sufficient for the two vacuum-braked coaches, SR coaches being renowned for their powerful vacuum brakes. Driver Bligh had carried out a brake test before departure, witnessed by all four of them.

Mr. Wickham was also aware of all the above facts because the Wadebridge Yardmaster had given him a most detailed account, as soon as the three worried railwaymen were sitting with them in his office, whilst placing the blame solely on himself for persuading the train crew to take out what was, undoubtedly, a faulty train. However, the 'Fat Controller' was far too wise and experienced a railwayman to let the Yardmaster carry the sole blame. "After all," Wickham had added, "you were NOT responsible for the train, as you well know. No matter how clear your openly admitted contribution to this very unfortunate and, potentially, highly dangerous breach of the rules and regulations laid down for the safe working of passenger trains!"

Crestfallen, but unsurprised, Truscott merely nodded before adding, "Yes, sir". "And," continued the 'Fat Controller', neither were you, young Davie, as the fireman. Which leaves you, two, Driver Bligh and you, Guard Parks. You are both highly respected and most competent railwaymen with, hitherto unblemished records. Your sterling efforts, in the recent most appalling artic conditions to keep the trains running are well-known and highly appreciated. Day after day, you all went far beyond the call of duty. Nevertheless, I witnessed a most serious breach of safe railway operations. No!" he held up his hand, "there is nothing you can say in your defence. The Yardmaster has already presented all the facts, albeit with an emphasis on his culpability rather than yours. Whilst very noble of him and entirely in keeping with his most admirable character, that simply will not do, gentlemen. No, no."
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5729 on: February 24, 2019, 09:22:32 PM »
Meanwhile, in the Wadebridge stationmaster's office, the two guests had finished their tea and biscuits and were looking at the Southern Railway clock on the wall.

"Well," said the distinguished looking gentleman, "what do you think, my dear. Have we given Wickham enough time with them?"

"Yes, I do think so," smiled the equally distinguished looking woman. Thank you, very much, stationmaster, for your time, the tea and biscuits, and informing us of this most unfortunate situation."

"It's an honour to be of help and the message from Guard Parks to the Yardmaster, and from the Yardmaster to me, were most insistent. We are all very glad that you both happened to be arriving at Wadebridge at just the right time."

His guests smiled. "So are we, stationmaster".

 

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