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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #960 on: November 23, 2014, 08:11:47 PM »
I'm glad you enjoyed it Chris. I took it a couple of years ago while visiting family just before Christmas. It was a very cold morning. It was the 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe.
I have some more but not of any castle classes, some black 5's and A1 peppercorn class.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #961 on: November 23, 2014, 08:28:02 PM »
No wonder the clouds of steam look so good then, Jon.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #962 on: November 23, 2014, 08:30:43 PM »
No wonder the clouds of steam ook so good then, Jon.

Yes lol not great side by the side of the track with the temp just above freezing lol but totally awesome when they blast past you.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #963 on: November 23, 2014, 09:03:45 PM »
Yes a freezing cold day does help - this was shot in December about 5 minutes before it started snowing......



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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #964 on: November 23, 2014, 09:13:24 PM »
That is lovely wookie. yes also wet days work as well for a bit of clag.


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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #965 on: November 23, 2014, 09:17:49 PM »
There's quite a story goes with that Sir Nigel pic, and it was almost enough to influence my choice of modelling area and era.
I'm glad diesel hydraulics won though  :goggleeyes:

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #966 on: November 23, 2014, 09:22:30 PM »
They're both really super photographs, thanks for posting them. Both are superb locomotives but I'm still a WR man at heart. I do have a N Gauge "Jubilee" though which will be renumbered and renamed as "Alberta" (I have the transfers and plates) as it was a schoolfriend's favourite loco. and lasted until 1967. Towards the end of WR steam, when the WR was very short of locos., all sorts of steam locos. got beyond Bristol . . .

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #967 on: November 24, 2014, 03:15:52 PM »
The first details of the recently overhauled (at Eastleigh Works) special 'pool' of unrebuilt Bulleid Light Pacifics to work the "Atlantic Coast Express" in the summer 1965 season and local and long distance special trains have just been announced by BR SR at Waterloo, the 'Fat Controller' from divisional headquarters at Plymouth, and the Cornish Loco. Preservation Group whose volunteer crews will clean and service them in Cornwall at Cant Cove and Penmayne. CLPG members who are also BR SR and WR drivers, firemen and loco. inspectors will drive and fire them. The locomotives' overhaul and coal are proudly sponsored by the Castle Brewery, Trevelver Castle, Cant Cove. The agreement is set to last until the scheduled end of SR steam in 1967.

The four locos. are (with real life details):
34007 “Wadebridge” (withdrawn: October 1965; now preserved);
34015 “Exmouth” (at Padstow, 1964, hauled the last “ACE”; withdrawn: April 1967);
34065 “Hurricane” (withdrawn: April 1964);
34066 “Spitfire” (at Wadebridge, 1964; withdrawn: September 1966);

Additionally, a reservation has been placed on:
34107 “Blandford Forum” (on “ACE”, 1964; withdrawn: September 1964);
If the specials raise enough funds, 34107 will be bought as a spare back-up loco. and will be moved to Penmayne for safe keeping.

Additional announcements are expected concerning other preserved steam ex-GWR, ex-LSWR and ex-SR locos. and sponsorship by the Headland Brewery, Trepol Bay.

Will provide details as soon as is possible.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #968 on: November 24, 2014, 09:08:06 PM »
Thank you, Martin.

Advance bookings for the Christmas Specials are looking very strong and a reservation will be placed on a sixth Bulleid Light Pacific as the full Summer Saturday timetable on the Penmayne to Wadebridge line will require up to 6 Bulleid Light Pacifics. The identity of the 6th loco. will be announced in due course as CLPG members are visiting Nine Elms shed and Eastleigh Works to discuss which loco. to choose.

It is still not known whether the B Set used on the Wadebridge - Weaver Cove - Trepol Bay shuttle will be steam-hauled (by a 57XX) or by a D63XX (Class 22 as they became) on the stretch from Weaver Cove Jn. to St. Eval Jn. However, as this stretch is 'rare mileage', advance passenger bookings are already encouraging.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #969 on: November 24, 2014, 10:31:01 PM »
There is a lot of excited chatter both locally and further afield about the sponsored program of special trains running from Penmayne - Wadebridge - Trepol Bay (some via Weaver Cove) and from Wadebridge on to Port Perran. The SR from Waterloo and the WR from Paddington will be running a special steam-hauled train to bring enthusiasts to the area, each day. The SR has promised the first overhauled Bulleid Light Pacific from the 1965 Summer timetable pool whilst the WR has promised one of their last "Castle" Class locos. The SR have allocated a SR Green rake of Bulleid and BR Mark 1 coaches for their train whilst the WR has obtained special permission to assemble a rake of Chocolate and Cream Mark 1s for theirs.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #970 on: November 24, 2014, 10:35:47 PM »
The CLPG Cant Cove and Penmayne branches are delighted to be joined by their colleagues from Weaver Cove as special guests along with employees from the Castle Brewery at Port Perran and Trepol Bay to witness the arrival of the delayed special train of overhauled and (some) repainted wagons and vans from Cant Cove to Port Perran and Trepol Bay.

The chairmen of the CLPG and GWS branches (Bodmin General and Port Perran), along with the chairmen and head brewers of the Castle and Headland Breweries and the Penmayne NOT the Port Perran Pastie Co., will be using the opportunity to meet with local BR SR and WR management and other interested parties to agree the final details of the Christmas program of special trains in the area as part of the area's tourism promotion program devised by Lady Penelope of Trevelver Castle. The chef and his team from "The Railway Hotel", Cant Cove (the hotel being temporarily closed for refurbishment) will also be present to discuss the special menu on the specials' RMB buffet cars which has been designed to accompany the special beers from the Castle and Headland Breweries.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #971 on: November 24, 2014, 10:58:03 PM »
Some more details are leaking out on the enthusiast grape vine about what locos. could be part of the program of Christmas special trains in the North Cornwall area. Port Perran shed has a specially cleaned and maintained 0-6-0 pannier repainted in GWR livery currently on loan to (and partially operated by) the West Cornwall branch of the Great Western Society who are hoping to raise the funds to buy the loco. (at a specially reduced rate) from BR WR. While the shedmaster at Trepol Bay has a SR T9 restored to Southern livery by the SR at Eastleigh Works and returned to North Cornwall which, although owned by the fledgling National Railway Museum, the Trepol Bay Branch of the Cornish Loco Preservation Group (CLPG) are operating under a special agreement but under the ultimate control of the shedmaster at Trepol Bay. Finally, there is a specially restored ex-GWR railcar (housed at Port Perran) owned by the Great Western Society.

Now rumours are circulating about whether the Weaver Cove line specials really will have the booked D63XX hauling the B Set. Some rumours mention that 57XX 4607, cleaned up and still with its BR Early Crest, could be rostered instead. But the enthusiasts won't know until 19th of December. However, advance bookings mean that the Christmas Day special will now also be running on Boxing Day.

The Chairman of the Weaver Cove Train Spotting Association has been given a special trackside pass to take photos and a 35MM film for post-Christmas club meetings of local associations. Cant Cove's official photographer and his pretty young assistant have also been given trackside passes after special detailed trackside safety training by the BR staff of the CLPG at Cant Cove shed who have grown very fond of the shy couple.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #972 on: November 25, 2014, 08:57:52 AM »
The latest rumours are that the chef from Cant Cove's "Station Hotel" has had a 'full and frank' discussion about the shortcomings of the kitchen in a British Railways Mark 1 Miniature Buffet (RMB) if he and his team are to prepare the planned celebratory dinner on the Christmas Eve special from Penmayne to Port Perran (via Wadebridge) hosted by the Lord and Lady of Trevelver Castle for the representatives of all the organisations that have come together to make the program of special trains a success. A further rumour is that British Railways Board Chairman, Dr Richard Beeching, (1963–1965) has pointed out to local BR management that, in 1962, the Western Region had been officially ordered to abandon the use of rakes of chocolate and cream livery and whilst he would not prevent a rake of existing chocolate and cream painted carriages being temporarily put together for this limited period (as he does not want to be taken off Lady Penelope's Chelsea guest list) the general ban remains. As a result it has been rumoured that, on Lady Penelope's earnest request, Paddington will be sending an additional special rake of BR Maroon liveried carriages, including one of the new 19XX series (RU) Unclassed Restaurant Cars on B5 bogies, (for smooth running), to Penmayne. It is not known, however, what locomotive(s) will be hauling the scratch set.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #973 on: November 25, 2014, 01:40:38 PM »
The Cant Cove photographer and his assistant were present to record the arrival of the first overhauled unrebuilt Bulleid Light Pacific with a train of old wooden bodied vans and wagons for overhaul and repainting at Cant Cove on behalf of the Castle Brewery and the Castle Estates due to increased traffic to the Weaver Cove area:



And yet more similar vans and wagons plus a few different types are on their way to meet future demand.

The sharp-eyed may have spotted that this loco. is, currently, No. 34064 "Fighter Command", which was fitted with a Giesl ejector in 1962. Most of the unrebuilt Bulleid Light Pacifics were withdrawn before the end of steam on the Southern Region but seven survived until until July 1967, when the last steam locomotives on the Southern Region were withdrawn. The initial four, rising to six, unrebuilt Bulleid Light Pacifics for summer services to Penmayne from Summer 1965 to 1967 are not necessarily the same as these last seven.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #974 on: November 25, 2014, 01:55:04 PM »
To placate the "Great and Good Doctor" (Beeching) the WR photographer was sent out to record the all BR Maroon train of WR carriages heading to Bodmin Road behind "Western" D1023 "Western Fusilier" for the coaches to be transferred to Penmayne (via Wadebridge) for the VIP Christmas Eve special:



Behind D1023 is W1915, the RU Restaurant Car, followed by the Second Open which will have its tables covered with starched damask tableclothes and the finest cutlery, crystal glasses and china porcelain from Cant Castle and overseen by the family's formidable butler (ex-SAS) for the celebratory dinner prepared by the chef and his assistants from "The Station Hotel", Cant Cove. In the RU, casks / barrels of Castle Brewery, Headland Brewery and Kronenbourg will be installed together with a selection of fine wines supplied by an up and coming Chelsea wine merchant, Giles (also ex-SAS), and mineral water from a spring on the Castle Estates. Beyond that is a First Corridor (FK) for the important guests before the dinner is served followed by a Collett Brake Composite (BCK) for the press and support staff.

The WR has recently upgraded the track from Bodmin Road to Wadebridge and on to Newquay for D10XX "Westerns" including the Weaver Cove loop at great expense, as a diversionary route. However, the cost of upgrading the line from Wadebridge through Cant Cove to Penmayne for "Westerns" could not be justified. At present the most powerful diesel locos. cleared for this stretch are D70XXs and D65XXs although the cost of upgrading to allow D8XX "Warships" to run occasionally on the heaviest trains is still being investigated.
« Last Edit: November 25, 2014, 02:05:31 PM by Chris in Prague, Reason: Corrected. »

 

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