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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6180 on: August 12, 2019, 06:36:21 PM »
Captain Jeremy Corentyn Cador RN had put in his application for a week’s leave, to join the “Chelsea Girls” and their friends from the coming Saturday, but, in particular, Sylvia Trevelver, in plenty of time, and was confident that there was nothing that would require his presence in Plymouth, during that week. Nonetheless, he thought it wise to drop by his senior officer’s office, not long after breakfast, on the Thursday. On entering, he was immediately greeted:

“Ah, Captain Cador, just the chap I wanted to see. I have received an order from Admiral Tregowan for you. Something terribly hush-hush and urgent. I regret to say that the good Admiral did not see fit to share the details with me but you’ll find ‘em in this sealed envelope which you must open in my presence, memorise, then run both the envelope and instructions through the shredder in the outer office.”

“I see, sir.”

“The bad news is that you must depart the base, as soon as possible, Captain. The good news is that it comes with a 1st-class travel warrant from,” he pauses to read the accompanying document, “Plymouth to Bodmin Road then Wadebridge then Wadebridge to Bodmin Road to West Porthsea Quay and return to Plymouth. Once the Admiral is satisfied that you have fulfilled your mission, your leave is granted as requested. Here you are.” After handing the envelope over, he turns to study the train timetable mounted on a board behind his desk. “You should just enough time to collect your overnight bag and get to the station to catch the 11:15 from Plymouth to Penzance. That should get you into Bodmin Road at 12:20. The duty driver will take you to the station.”

“Aye, aye, sir.” Jeremy quickly broke the seal and opened the envelope with his penknife, then carefully scanned and committed to memory the short text in the Admiral’s customary prose, saluted and departed.

“On my way, sir,” he reported from the next office, the shredder’s work done.

It was a condition of Captain Cador’s current highly classified responsibilities that he always kept such a packed bag with him whenever on duty. As he hurried to where the duty driver and dark blue Land Rover stood, Jeremy could not help wondering why the Admiral would involve himself in such a mundane task which, surely, was a simple routine task for British Railways, Western Region’s goods department, or whatever it was termed. Still, all being well, he could wrap up this strange assignment and catch an express to Paddington and a taxi to the Chelsea house rented by the “Girls”. There was a choice of the 20:45 or 21:30 Sleeper trains from Penzance to Paddington arriving at 07:25 and 06:15 respectively and calling at Truro. For a longer sleep, Jeremy preferred the first to the later ‘official’ Sleeper train.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6181 on: August 12, 2019, 07:34:37 PM »
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     Many thanks Chris, if Jeremy is on the case all should be hunky dory.
     regards Derek

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6182 on: August 12, 2019, 07:56:41 PM »
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     Many thanks Chris, if Jeremy is on the case all should be hunky dory.
     regards Derek

My pleasure.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6183 on: August 12, 2019, 08:53:34 PM »
It was a very relieved D.C.I. Snapper who, his hat on his head, coat over his left arm and suitcase firmly clasped in his right hand had bade Susan farewell as the three coaches, bogie van, single coach and four-wheeled van of the 1:25 am from Waterloo, behind "Watersmeet", pulled into Wadebridge station’s Platform One exactly at 9:14. Still, thought the Scotland Yard detective, with the train’s slow speed, frequent and often lengthy station stops there must be plenty of slack in the timetable and that, combined with the absence of other trains to pass it, virtually ensured its on-time arrival. As soon as the short train had halted, Snapper pushed down the carriage door window and grabbing the brass door handle gratefully stepped down onto the platform.

Striding across the grey platform under its short canopy supported by three columns, Scotland Yard’s to detective very quickly espied the disguised figure of his Cornish colleague, D.I. Rule, waiting for him, near the exit. The two disguised colleagues shook hands.

“Welcome to Cornwall. Pleasant journey, Mr. Audubon?”

“Thank you, yes, Mr. Penwithers. I’m looking forward to a hearty breakfast.”

“All arranged.”

Their slightly louder than normal greetings exchanged they headed for the station exit where Snapper was waved through by the forewarned porter.

Outside the single-storey station building, Snapper whispered, “As you know I had to go straight to Waterloo station to catch this infernal train which must have stopped at every halt from Exeter to here.” Rubbing his hands over his stubbled chin, he added: “I brought no shaving kit and would really welcome the chance to purchase a razor and . . . ”

“No problem, Mr. Audubon, a barber has been booked for you, immediately after breakfast. He has promised you the best shave in Wadebridge! Now, if you’d kindly follow me.”

“My great pleasure, Mr. Penwithers.”

After carefully but surreptitiously checking that there was no-one within earshot. Snapper added, “We have much to discuss you and I. As soon as we are somewhere where we cannot we seen or heard, I am looking forward to your latest update. Thank you for all your previous securely transmitted reports. This is a most serious business.”

[For what happens, next, please, see Martin’s Port Perran and Trepol Bay posts.]
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6184 on: August 12, 2019, 09:20:46 PM »
Thanks Chris.
We now seem to have caught up.

Just one small “measured” point, it’s DI rule (not ruler).

Please do excuse the extremely tenuous pun!
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6185 on: August 12, 2019, 10:29:33 PM »
Thanks Chris.
We now seem to have caught up.

Just one small “measured” point, it’s DI rule (not ruler).

Please do excuse the extremely tenuous pun!

Thanks, Martin. My mistake. No problem. BR SR wish the record to show that the 1:25 am from Waterloo arrived on time, at Wadebridge. 8-)

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6186 on: August 13, 2019, 08:31:43 PM »
As soon as the last of the few passengers had disembarked from the 1:25 am, the passenger from the BCK’s smoking compartment, stepped down onto the platform to watch the small pannier tank No. 1368 slowly approaching the rear of the train to remove the Trepol Bay portion, which the station shunter had already uncoupled from the front portion, and shunt it to Platform 3, before adding the waiting goods stock which turn the train into ‘mixed’ from Wadebridge. Approaching Platform 2 was an ex-LMS Ivatt class 2 2-6-2 tank No. 41284 of Exmouth Junction (72A) and sub-shedded at Trepol Bay, with an SR Green BSK and BCK coach. Whilst the Ivatt ran around its train, the pannier would shunt the BCK and PMV onto its two-coaches then move to a nearby siding. The combined train would then depart, its guard having moved the tail lamp from one end of the two coaches to the other, to Trepol Bay at 9:17. Mark had already moved the tail lamp from the rear PMV going to Trepol Bay and placed it on the Bogie B going to Penmayne.

The passenger then quickly approached the pretty young woman with her refreshment trolley and ordered enough coffee to refill his thermos flask, two bacon baps, a Cornish Pasty, a packet of his favourite cigarettes, and a small glass bottle of orange juice which she opened for him. After receiving the required amount, including a generous tip, she thanked him and, with a smile, placed the baps in one paper bag and the pasty in another. Taking the bags, thermos and bottle back to his compartment, he found that, by walking along the coach he could get an unhindered view of the loco. shed sidings opposite where a Bulleid ‘Light Pacific’, 34080 “74 Squadron” (allocated to 72A Exmouth Junction since January 1958), and an ‘N’ 2-6-0 No. 31835 (allocated to 72A since January 1948), could be seen. Unfortunately, the two 1366 pannier tanks which can be identified as Nos. 1367 and 1369, plus the spare ex-LMS Ivatt class 2 2-6-2 tank, must be inside the shed, he surmises. As the train had pulled in, he had noted the impressive hand-operated hoist before the shed entrance enabling a loco. to be lifted so that a bogie or wheel set could be run out.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6187 on: August 13, 2019, 09:25:24 PM »
The smoking passenger took advantage of the stop to have a quick smoke in the fresh air (!) whilst talking to the "pretty young woman" and thought to himself afterwards, "I hope they never ban smoking in public places". 34080 "74 Squadron" was certainly a majestic looking locomotive.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6188 on: August 13, 2019, 09:29:40 PM »
Settled back in his seat, enjoying the second of the excellent bacon baps, the passenger studied the local timetable bound into the centre of the guide and, with his pencilled notes made from his conversation with Mark, reviewed what he had already missed. The first train to depart from Wadebridge on a Summer Saturday was the 6:58 am to Bodmin General formed of a an ex-LMS Ivatt class 2 2-6-2T plus a Maunsell 2P Set (a BSK plus BCK), whilst the first to arrive, at 7:14 am, was the 12:15 am from Waterloo, departing at 7:17 am to Penmayne. The second train to arrive, at 7:50 am, was the 7:30 am from Bodmin North, a highly unusual combination of an Ivatt 2-6-2T plus a WR B Set formed of a non-corridor 2nd (S) and a brake composite (BC), plus from the loco. shed, a Bulleid ‘Light Pacific’, as pilot, departing at 7:54. The fourth train to depart at 8:01 was the Bodmin North train formed of a Maunsell 2P Set (a BSK plus BCK) hauled by an ‘N’ 2-6-0. The fifth train to depart at 8:10 to Waterloo behind a Bulleid ‘Light Pacific’ is formed of a BSK and BCK plus SK. The third train to arrive, at 8:19 am, was the 8:10 from Penmayne a highly unusual combination of an Ivatt 2-6-2T and a Bulleid ‘Light Pacific’, as pilot, formed of a 2P Set, the Ivatt 2-6-2T plus a 2P Set not departing for Bodmin Road until 8:32. The fourth to arrive, at 8:30 am, was the 7:50 from Bodmin North, formed of a North British Type 2 and a WR B Set formed of an S and a BC. After the loco. has run round it will depart at 8:41 to Penmayne. The fifth train to arrive at 8:39 is the 8:30 from Penmayne formed of an SK, BSK, BCK, SK, BSK, and BCK departing at 8:45 to Waterloo minus the BSK and BCK. The sixth train to arrive at 9:02 is the 8:43 from Bodmin North formed of the returning Maunsell 2P Set (a BSK plus BCK) hauled by an ‘N’ 2-6-0.

That then brings me to the arrival of this train, at 9:14, thinks the passenger. One minute before it leaves at 9:18, arrives the 9:08 from Penmayne formed of the returning North British Type 2 and a WR B Set which departs at 9:20. The road has been reset to allow it to cross over into the loop platform. Unless it has failed, of course, then it will be a 45xx 2-6-2T, probably one of the later 4575 variants. At 9:15 another Ivatt 2-6-2T arrives, but with a local passenger from Trepol Bay formed of an SR BSK plus BCK and two vans which will return at 9:17. Just as his train pulls out, at 9:18, an Ivatt 2-6-2T arrives, No. 41275 (72F) still carrying its disused push-pull equipment for LMR ‘motor’ train use, light engine from Bodmin General, which will, later, depart at 9:48 to Bodmin North with a 2P Set. So, the ‘spare’ inside the shed must be its shedmate, No. 41295.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6189 on: August 14, 2019, 06:29:37 PM »
After a smooth train journey from Plymouth to Bodmin Road and then from Bodmin Road to Wadebridge, both trains hauled by WR diesel-hydraulics and running to time, Captain Jeremy Corentyn Cador RN arrives at Wadebridge station, on Friday, 21st June, at 1:10 pm, having caught the two-coach train, which runs via Bodmin General, departing at 12:38. Stepping out onto the loop platform from the rear coach of the B Set, he approaches a porter and asks for directions.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6190 on: August 14, 2019, 10:04:34 PM »
Remote outpost though it may be, Wadebridge early morning on a Summer Saturday is giving a fair imitation of Clapham Junction with a stream of passenger trains arriving from West and East. As the 1:25 had drawn up there had been a surge of activity on Platform One, a couple of bicycles and a pram to be unloaded, a worried passenger asking Mark which is the Bodmin train which elicits the response, which Bodmin station: North, General, or Road? Outside the station, there was an altercation as a tractor and trailer were blocking the station entrance while trying to back up to the inconveniently adjacent goods shed.

On the footplate of “Watersmeet", whilst they wait, Andy is busy writing up his ticket and exchanging notes with a Wadebridge driver on the platform who will take over the loco. later; Tony puts some more water in his boiler before stepping over to look at the already open bookstall having just been stocked with the London and Exeter newspapers. Although the ‘Light’ Pacific has stopped by the water column at the end of Platform One, she still has more than enough water in her tender tank for the rest of her journey. At 9:17, the 9:08 from Penmayne arrives formed of the returning North British Type 2 and a WR B Set which departs at 9:20 whilst, simultaneously, in the opposite direction, departs the Ivatt 2-6-2T on the local passenger from Trepol Bay formed of an SR BSK plus BCK minus its two vans quickly removed by No. 1368 and placed in the goods bay at the east end of Platform One, but with the BCK and PMV from Waterloo.

The smoking passenger, who had taken took advantage of the stop to have a quick smoke on the platform whilst talking to the pretty young woman standing by her refreshment trolley had been highly impressed by the smart station working by the station staff and train crew, vehicle uncoupling and recoupling, locos. running around, all at, seemingly lightning speed. He also notes the absence of any personal safety protection beyond the stout gloves used when attaching and detaching. With less than a minute before departure, he had just reboarded the train to settle by the window for a view across the platforms and beyond the two-storey building supporting the water tank with a large “Haig” whisky advert mounted high up, of the loco. shed and its occupants as the train passed by. At the west end of the depot, there is a 50-foot turntable but this is too small for the Bulleid ‘Light’ Pacifics which have to turn at Penmayne. No. 34080 “74 Squadron” was certainly a majestic looking locomotive if in less than pristine external condition but, he had read, that was, alas, nothing unusual for Exmouth Junction’s locos. In contrast, the local locos., whether steam or diesel, as well as their carriages, were, he had noted, commendably clean. The dark green passenger coaches and vans of the 1:25 were still quite clean as was its loco. Mark checks that everybody who should be on the train has got aboard and all the doors are properly closed before blowing his whistle. The Wadebridge West signalman reverses his points, closes the Molesworth Street level crossing gates, next to his ‘box, to road vehicles and pedestrians, and pulls off both Down signals, Mark, standing inside the BCK by the inward opening door marked GUARD, waves his green flag, and shortly after 9:18, the train, now reduced to three passenger coaches and a bogie newspaper van, is off on its last lap.

Fourteen minutes (nine if the train does not stop at Cant Cove) is all it takes, yet the traveller from London will remember this next part of the journey as pure Cornish enchantment. The guide has already informed him: “From Wadebridge station, the railway runs through the town to the water’s edge. Our journey then ends with a delightful amble down the estuary of the Camel, with the golden sands of Rock at its mouth soon coming into sight with the houses of the little fishing village of Padstow huddled around the town’s narrow streets on the left bank opposite to the line’s Penmayne terminus at the water’s edge.”

The train slows briefly to pick up the tablet from the signalman, passes on the left the original Bodmin & Wadebridge single-storey stone-built sheds of varying heights with, on the right, next to the bufferstop of the shortened sand dock siding, a London & North Western Railway SLF 12-wheeled sleeping car No. 476 coach, now No. DM198932,  which is used as dormitory accommodation for visiting locomotive crews from remote depots, then. On the right, the gated siding to Wadebridge Quay, before emerging from the town alongside the River Camel. The single-track line passes under the bridge carrying the A39 before swinging right on a girder bridge to cross over the Camel before following it along its bank in an almost straight line as the river heads northwest before opening out into the estuary. The train’s passengers are then treated to views of the Camel Estuary as the line follows it towards the coast. Grey mudbanks and golden sandbanks show at low tide, just water and the sand dunes on the Penmayne side of the estuary at high water.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6191 on: August 14, 2019, 10:15:16 PM »
I hope the description of Wadebridge is not too different, especially your junctions, to your necessarily more compact model of Wadebridge shed and junctions, Martin.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6192 on: August 15, 2019, 07:26:22 AM »
An excellent description, as ever, Chris.
Yes, my model is, of course, a little different but does, I hope, convey the feel of the scene which you have so excellently described.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6193 on: August 15, 2019, 09:01:32 AM »
An excellent description, as ever, Chris.
Yes, my model is, of course, a little different but does, I hope, convey the feel of the scene which you have so excellently described.

Thank you, Martin. I have corrected one left and right-hand description. Yes, your model does, indeed, convey the feel of Wadebridge shed and its surroundings

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« Reply #6194 on: August 16, 2019, 01:29:14 PM »
Captain Jeremy Corentyn Cador RN thanked the Wadebridge station porter and walked down to the eastern end of Platform One from where he carefully made his way across two goods sidings to the large wooden hut, opposite the double slip point, which had been pointed out to him. Jeremy noted that the hut’s windows gave a clear view of the lines into the goods yard, station, and loco. shed area.

Jeremy recalls the lines from poet laureate Sir John Betjeman's “Summoned by Bells”:

“On Wadebridge Platform what a breath of sea scented the Camel valley!
Cornish air,
Soft Cornish rain,
And silence after steam ... “
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