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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6645 on: January 27, 2020, 10:20:10 PM »
High Chris nice to see some pics of your layout, looking very good too, You have a nice range of stock.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6646 on: January 28, 2020, 05:45:57 PM »
High Chris nice to see some pics of your layout, looking very good too, You have a nice range of stock.

Thank you, Chris. I have not enough free time to work on the layout but I'm still collecting rolling stick, having it DCC-fitted, detailed, renumbered, etc. In the future I hope to have two more modules but to extend it but not know.

I will post some more train photos., soon.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6647 on: January 29, 2020, 08:23:53 PM »
My apologies to all for the delay to the climax of the story and posting more train photos. This week has been pretty busy plus I've been busy with the Siphon G project (with Tony) and more local locos. and rolling stock research and development (ordering detailing parts and kits). With such projects, the time lag is months not weeks, so I hope to see results in the summer when I should have free time from July to August. I'm dependent on others' very skilful work. I do hope to receive two detailed UM ex-GWR locos. though, before Summer, from Gideon.

For this year, I'm thinking of turning the virtual clock back from 1964 to 1958 which saw the last almost fully steam-worked  WR services in Cornwall, the first NB Type 2 and D8xx "Warships" appearing late that summer although the first BR DE 0-6-0 shunters appeared a year earlier, along with the first two D6xx "Warships" (only available as kits in N Gauge). So, plenty of BR Early Crest locos. but also a few ex-works Late Crest ones. WR Chocolate & Cream livery appeared in 1956 so plenty of those on named expresses. Plenty of BR Crimson and Crimson & Cream stock, some BR Maroon and Lined Maroon plus a lot of BR SR Green (the SR was very quick off the mark), too. Martin has all of these so 'through' trains should be no problem. 8-)
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6648 on: January 29, 2020, 08:40:29 PM »
Returning an empty "Unigate" milk tanker to the Castle Estates Dairy, the 4575 seen earlier calls at Cant Cove with a Bodmin Roaf-Wadebridge-Penmayne local unusually formed of two BR / Hawksworth autocoaches, one in BR Crimson and one in BR Maroon. The steep incline from Bodmin Road is very taxing for 14xx 0-4-2Ts so one of the two P&P fitted 4575s is preferred for autotrains loading to more than a single autocoach. However, thanks to the milk tanker a standard 4575 is being used. Fortunately, Penmayne SR has a turntable. (I believe that 5534 and 5572 were the only Auto Prairies shedded at St. Blazey (83E, 5534: 1/60 - 8/60; 5572, 9/60 - 4/61; following the transfer away from South Wales of the auto-fitted 4575s, after the introduction of DMUs.) A BR Lined Green 64xx has been known to be borrowed from Plymouth Laira on occasion, too.







I may add a 3rd Ivatt 2-6-2T as No. 41304 was, surprisingly, shedded at 83E St Blazey from May 1959 to July 1960, maybe there was a shortage of GWR 2-6-2Ts?

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6649 on: January 29, 2020, 09:56:18 PM »
Great stuff, Chris.

Thank you.

Best wishes.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6650 on: January 30, 2020, 08:52:26 AM »
Thanks for those photos.
I really like the small praries in lined green which appears, to me, to suit them well.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6651 on: January 30, 2020, 10:40:22 PM »
Thanks for those photos.
I really like the small praries in lined green which appears, to me, to suit them well.

Me, too, but with the larger version of the Late Crest.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6652 on: January 30, 2020, 10:41:48 PM »
“I need to be very quick, Angela,” explained Rule. “We need to know a few very important things very quickly and, whilst I do not know everything that my currently absent colleague knows, it is my understanding that Susan can help us with this.”

Angela smiled up at the Cornish detective as they danced. “My, that was a long sentence! Yes, Susan brought with her some very useful items of advanced technology which have already been deployed, I think is the term!”

She smiled, again, and Rule suddenly realised how her smiles transformed what was, otherwise, a very ordinary, if not unattractive, round face.

“So, what do you need to know?”

“Where the Twins are and what they are doing and saying, ditto the Soviets who should be here any moment now”, he glanced at his wristwatch, “and who tried to poison us and”, he added unable to completely hide his concern, “where my colleague is. He should be back, by now.”

“I understand. We have already placed some more of Susan's 21st-century bugs around the club and she can see and hear what's going on. Her powder compact has a video screen, like a miniature TV screen and her earpieces can pick up every sound. Unfortunately, our earpieces are only good for relaying simple commands, questions, and warnings; something to do with the absence of the TARDIS, Susan explains.”

“Hence our dance floor chats, Angela!” laughed Rule, enjoying himself, despite himself, he realised with another flash of insight.

“Yes, indeed. I will pass all this on to the others, then come over to your table for another friendly drink with the answers!”

“Very good, Angela. I’m not cut out for non-stop dancing!”

Angela was as good as her word. After their smiling waitress had brought over two unopened, at Rule’s firm command, bottles of ‘Schweppes Malvern Water’ and fresh glasses which Susan had assured them, via their earpieces, not only were quite safe to drink from but the water was too, Angela began her concise report.

“First, as you would expect, it was one of the Twins, Eddie, who gave the order to one of the regular barmaids to add the clear tasteless substance to our drinks. He told her it was a very fine Russian vodka and would give the drinks an extra kick!”

“Did he indeed! A pity that we have no evidence about that to present in a court of law!”

Angela shook her head, her curly, long brown hair waving about her glowing face. “No, Susan knows that from a bug that Poldory placed under the bar counter which your colleague had given him earlier.

“Thus, confirming both Poldory's story and his help. Hmm.”

“It would appear so.”

“We do have young Sally Salcombe as a possible witness though,” he mused, “about Eddie’s orders for that bottle of clear liquid, which she had overheard. Maybe, we can get hold of the empty bottle from one of the waste bins for forensic analysis, too?”

“We can ask Sally, I suppose?”

“Yes, or Poldory. Eddie must be going to question that barmaid when he returns and sees that we’re all fine. Please, ask Susan to record that questioning. Maybe, when we question either of them, later, we can repeat the words back to them? Without of course, letting them know how we know what was said!”

Angela laughed. “Yes, that could work.”
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6653 on: February 02, 2020, 10:26:54 PM »
Ruby and The Romantics’ “Our Day Will Come” was playing which everyone thought a very appropriate choice and, at only 92bpm, it was ideal for slow dancing and close conversation.

Angela continued quickly. “As you no doubt noticed, Sophie has just left ‘for some fresh air’ with Susan to watch the entrance. Poldory and Sally have gone out back to deliver the rubbish and the dirty plates and cutlery. He will help her with the washing up. Poldory’s promised to find the bottle whilst wearing a pair of washing-up gloves. Giles is standing nearby, by the cigarette machine in the back corridor, in case anyone comes after them. The good news, Poldory said is that his tormenter, Louis the forger, is away working in a crooked lawyer’s office.”

“I do hope the girls will be safe.”

“Don’t worry, Sophie and Susan on their own are a match for any man. Together …”

“I do hope so, Angela. Anything else?”

“No, everything and everyone is prepared.”

“Now, we must wait just a little longer.”

Angela got up and left and made her way through the dancers to the entrance where she would, unknown to Rule, relieve Susan who was needed back inside the club.

Whilst they waited, Rule reflected on what Snapper had told him that Admiral Tregowan had informed him about Jeremy, Giles, Sophie, Richard and Tom. What his recruiters looked for, the Admiral had confined, was bravery, focus, a strong will, the ability to quickly forecast various situations, resistance to stress, the ability to master foreign languages, adapt quickly and fully to completely new conditions of life, and knowledge of one or several professions that provide an opportunity to make a living. Well, they certainly all demonstrated those. But, Snapper had continued, the Admiral had finished by stating that there were other additional traits, ones that are elusive and hard to describe in words, a special kind of artistry, which were required to be able to forget one’s identity and become someone else and that such long-term agents were the most dangerous of all.

Aa Angela arrived Susan left saying that she needed another drink. The doorman smiled and asked Sophie if her friend was old enough to legally drink alcohol. Sophie laughed and said, “I’d like to see anyone try to stop her”, while, out of the corner of her eye, watching the road outside. Almost immediately, a very young man arrived on a motor scooter, which he left propped up by the entrance, and rushed inside.

“Someone very important, I’d bet the Soviets, are coming,” Sophie whispered to Angela and everyone listening on their tiny white earbuds.

Sure enough, a black Russian-built ZiL-111 limousine could be seen approaching.

“Wow”, stated Sophie, “normally, the ZiL-111 is available only as state-owned transport for members of the Politburo. These guys are real Soviet VIPs! Now, you know what to do, Angela!”

“Yes, Sophie, but it’s all really up to you! You’re the eyecatcher!”

As soon as the Russian limousine drew up, the doorman was at the passenger door.

The three men stepped out, led by their Volga German leader, Dr. Alexander Runk. Runk’s ice blue eyes darted around. His blond hair was so close-cropped that it almost looked like dense stubble. All three had noticed the two young women standing, casually chatting, near the entrance but only Runk studied them carefully before entering the nightclub. They were very strikingly contrasted. One was a very tall, slim, long-boned woman wearing a sleeveless sea-green dress with a necklace of pearls. The dress was of shimmering silk, expensive, although modestly cut with a high neck. Her long slim arms were fashionably lightly tanned, although clearly well-muscled. More pearls adorned her neat ears. Her thick glossy black hair was arranged in one of the complex styles dictated by the latest English fashion. She had an oval face with high cheekbones above a perfectly shaped thin nose and surprisingly full-lipped mouth. Her teeth were neat and very white against her red lips. There was, however, a watchful feline quality about her. Her dark brown eyes were, his training informed him, inspecting him as she chatted to her friend. Her English, he noticed, carried no accent, being precise and sophisticated. Her companion was a curly, longhaired brunette of average height and build with a round face. Her eyes were pale, more green than brown. She was wearing more jewellery – if tastefully not too much – pendant earrings, a large necklace and bracelets on each wrist, all of gold, and a stylish but conventional ivory-coloured silk floor-length dress with a modestly V-cut silver beaded bodice and ivory silk waistband tied in a large flat bow dress that, in places, showed the outline of her underwear.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6654 on: February 02, 2020, 11:06:10 PM »
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     Many thanks Chris, like your attention to detail
          regards Derek.

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« Reply #6655 on: February 04, 2020, 10:11:26 PM »
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     Many thanks Chris, like your attention to detail
          regards Derek.

Thank you, Derek. I'm already busy at work but another short instalment follows.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6656 on: February 04, 2020, 10:13:25 PM »
Alerted by the young lad on his scooter, Eddie, immaculately dressed as always in a tailored suit in the latest style was waiting just inside the entrance accompanied by his tallest and most statuesque waitress wearing a silver wig, clad in an ultrashort skin-tight silver dress with a plunging neckline and perched on an impossibly high pair of silver stilettos holding a silver tray with four freshly poured glasses of champagne.

“Good evening, gentlemen. A glass of the best champagne to welcome you to my little club,” smiled Eddie.

“Good evening, Mr.?”

“My friends, call me Eddie.”

“Thank you, Eddie. You may call me, Dr. Runk”, he took the proffered glass and gestured to his two shorter, stocky, muscular, pale-skinned companions to do the same. “It’s not as good as our ‘Sovetskoye Shampanskoye’ but it will do. Next time, your girl should be in red not silver! Yes!”

“Ah, yes, of course, Dr. Runk. My mistake. Let me take you and your comrades to your prepared private dining room. One of London’s top chefs, a working-class boy made good, from the ‘Mirabelle’ restaurant, has prepared a delicious meal for you. Annabel, here, will take excellent care of you! Then we can get down to business! Follow me, gentlemen, if you, please!”

As soon as they were gone, Sophie turned to Angela and said: “Well, well, that was an interesting conversation, indeed. I doubt whether Eddie has been so polite, deferential and well-spoken ever before in his life!”

They both laughed and even the burly doorman, despite himself, joined in. “You got that right, ladies!” he guffawed, “if I understood you right.”

“But,” whispered Sophie beckoning Angela closer, “that was not the most interesting thing! Oh no!”

“Tell me,” whispered Angela leaning in.

“Did you notice their haircuts as they took off their hats?”

“Yes, I did. Their hair had been cut so short it was more like stubble!”

“Yes, indeed. Just like they had all had a recent brain operation! We must go inside and inform Jeremy and Richard. You go to Rule and tell him …” she whispered into Angela’s ear. Then, as instructed, Angela did her best to giggle as though they had been merely exchanging girly confidences.

Smiling prettily to the doorman, the two friends went back inside. Sophie could feel his eyes lingering over her.

Having escorted his guests the long way along the back corridor to their private room so that Dr. Runk and his two thickset broad-faced stooges, as Eddie had already termed them, did not see that Sylvia and her party were very much alive and well, Eddie left the Soviets in the charge of Annabel and set off to discover what had gone wrong and set matters aright before his guests found out.
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« Reply #6657 on: February 05, 2020, 05:46:23 PM »
Afterwards, Sylvia recalled, “I remember close dancing with Jeremy, closing my eyes, and saying to myself, ‘If I die tomorrow, I’d be fine – because I am so happy, so very happy’. Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” was playing and I knew each one of us would do just that.” It was, she remembered, a combination of romance, intimacy, wanting to just feel free and be herself with the man she loved, the man she had feared lost. Other moments though also stayed in her memory . . .

“Get up off your ass and do something. People want to dance because people want to have sex. Dancing is sex. That’s why when people say, ‘I’m a great dancer,’ that’s not actually what they mean,” Susan giggled as she whispered into Sylvia’s ear as the Doctor’s granddaughter eagerly danced next to the couple. “Thanks to you and your friends, I understand humans, now!” They all laughed.

“Yes, I think you do, Susan!”, smiled Sylvia.

“Do you think she’s drunk,” whispered Jeremy into Sylvia’s other ear, always alert for any reason to hold Sylvia as close as possible.

“No, alcohol has no effect on Susan, Jeremy. She’s just very happy! Dancing helps relieve the pain, soothes your mind, makes you happy again. Dance music. There’s no better music for a party – it helps you get rid of the stresses of the day. We’re here to dance and have fun,” Sylvia replied. This evening was, she felt, despite everything, a wonderful time to be alive.

They all knew that all too soon this moment, this evening, this period would be over. Last dance, last chance for love, thought Susan, before again replaying in her head the full-length version of Isaac Hayes’s cover of “Walk On By”. But she never could ‘walk on by’; non-interference, especially when her friends were at risk, simply was not in her nature. However, she knew that the more she interfered the more likely that her grandfather, when he returned from Rockall, would take her far away, in space and time, from her close friends, forever. She sighed to herself. She would never forget her time on London when it was the most provocative and influential city in the world, totally changing popular culture and ideas in the arts, food, fashion, TV, photography, advertising, but most of all music and fashion. She wished that alcohol could, just once, have the same effect on her as it did her laughing friends. But above all, she wished this joyful moment could last forever.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6658 on: February 06, 2020, 12:07:14 PM »
Sophie immediately approached Jeremy and Richard on the dancefloor where they were dancing in a happy group with Susan, Sylvia, Eli, and Tom. Next to them, danced Sofi, Fermin, Rae Anne and Amy and Lana, laughing and whooping. Catala and Christian remained close by, slowly dancing entwined with each other as they gazed into each other’s eyes. Angela went straight to Rule, still sitting alone, who, seeing her hurried approach, smiled and pulled out her chair.

“Your friend hasn’t returned then?” she asked, getting straight to the point as always as she sat down.

“No, he has not. So, what’s the latest, Angela?”

“The Soviets are here, three of them. Two look like Russian bruisers. Eddie has taken them around the rear corridor direct to the private dining room. A very striking waitress wearing a silver wig, an ultrashort skin-tight silver dress and an incredible pair of silver stilettos, called Annabel, is looking after them. From her accent, manner and bearing, she’s definitely not an East End girl.”

“Interesting, Angela. My colleague might well know something about her.”

“But, he’s not here.”

“No, he’s not. But we need to be ready to act without him!”

“Yes.”

“Where is Eddie?”

“I’ll ask Susan.”

“Good, then we had better dance, again, whilst you tell me.”

Meanwhile, Sophie was briefing Jeremy, Richard, Susan, Sylvia, Eli, and Tom as they sat around two adjoining tables.

“Eddie’s questioning the barmaid he had given the bottle to,” reported Susan studying the screen concealed in her powder compact and listening to her earbud as she sat in between Sophie and Jeremy. “The barmaid’s insisting that each ‘special cocktail’ had an equal measure added and that she emptied the bottle. He’s insisting that she must be lying. She, of course, denies it. He says she’s very lucky that his mother brought them up never to lay a hand on a woman and has told her to get her things and leave and never come back!”

“Sounds like she’s had a very lucky escape,” remarked Sophie.

“Yes. Now, Eddie’s gone to look for his older brother, Georgie.”

“The enforcer,” stated Jeremy. “That’s not good news. Right, gentlemen, we need to be in place to get the women to safety at a moment’s notice. You know the plan.

They nodded.

“I need to be with Giles,” stated Susan.

“Yes. I’ll go with you, Susan,” replied Sophie. “Jeremy, Richard, and Tom should be enough to protect you others.

Susan nodded.

Catala was very surprised when Christian excused himself and left the dancefloor to pass through one of the side exits to the service area beyond.

“Georgie’s rounding up his thugs,” announced Susan matter-of-factly. “He’s now briefing them.”

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6659 on: February 06, 2020, 09:40:43 PM »
Going back a few years to the very early years of Plymouth Laira's BR Swindon-built "Warships". Brand new D829 "Magpie" has been visiting Cant Cove on a crew-training run from Plymouth via Wadebridge and Bodmin Road and was given a mixed goods for the return journey via Wadebridge, Trepol Bay and Truro.





Behind D829 are two ex-works Sturgeons, one for Trepol Bay and Port Perran's PWM gang.





It is followed by some less than pristine wagons, a 'Ferry' "Tube" wagon then mineral wagons returning from Penmayne after having delivered best Somerset coal via Withy Junction.




[Apologies it's a bit out-of-focus.]





[Thanks, Pete, for the extra weathering on this 21t.]

An immaculate non-vacuum-braked BR Standard brake van brings up the rear.

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