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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1065 on: December 20, 2014, 08:57:35 AM »
Many thanks, John, for those excellent photos. of the special going down to Cornwall calling at Bodmin Road (where a portion will be taken forward to Wadebridge and Penmayne) and Truro from where the remainder of the special will terminate at Port Perran. I can see that it is an lovely sunny morning in Warwickshire (as it is here). I hope that it is also in Cornwall.

Season's Greetings to all.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1066 on: December 20, 2014, 08:09:38 PM »
At Cant Cove, "The Station Hotel"'s saloon bar is jam packed this evening, Thursday, 20th December, 1962 and the pints of Castle Brewery and Headland Brewery ales are disappearing fast as the members of the Cornish Loco. Preservation Group (Cant Cove) entertain their friends from the GWS at Bodmin General and Port Perran as well as their fellow members from the CLPG at Penmayne and Trepol Bay and friends from Weaver Cove as they discuss the events of the first two days of the Cornish Christmas Steam Specials with local railwaymen from Penmayne, Cant Cove, Wadebridge, Weaver Cove, Port Perran, and Trepol Bay. All are agreed that the events have been successful beyond their most optimistic dreams. Friendly argument follows over what was the biggest mainline success so far: the temporarily reinstated "King" running from Wookery to Exeter, the "Battle of Britain" over the WR mainline from Exeter to Bodmin Road and Truro or a brand new "Western" running through from Wolverhampton to Bodmin Road, Truro then Port Perran; making the 3rd "Western" to appear locally on long distance specials after the Maroon one on matching BR Maroon Collets on the 19th and the Green one on an 'illegal' rake of Chocolate & Cream Mark 1s earlier that day. All are agreed that Penmayne's BR Standard 82XXX and Bodmin GWS's 57XX and 61XX tank locos. were only matched by Trepol Bay's Southern T9, "Black Motor", and newly arrived surprise M7 for their performance on trains of packed carriages on the local lines. Their colleagues from Weaver Cove add that tomorrow will see a program of specials working over the normally freight only loop line which they are sure will be at least as as successful. Grinning, they add that they have been tipped off that a camera crew from Westward Television (only launched the year before and already well-regarded locally) will be busy filming at Weaver Cove, tomorrow.

Finally, long after last orders should have been called (the local PC being safely asleep in the police house in Penmayne), all agree to meet, again, tomorrow evening at the "Cornish Arms", Port Perran, where, again, free Cornish Pasties will be served to the party. At precisely 23.28, the 'Christmas Special Connection' ex-Waterloo, arrives at the station's down platform where Trevelver Castle's waiting staff take the Castle's guests' baggage and see them settled into the waiting taxis as the last stragglers board the packed train, formed of a scratch set of whatever serviceable coaches could be found in Clapham Junction's sidings, taking them to their waiting beds in Penmayne. As Cant Cove's yawning stationmaster sees the last unsteady passenger safely on the train, checks all doors are closed and shows a green light on his SR lantern to the driver of, surprisingly, an immaculate Bulleid "Battle of Britain", 34064 "Fighter Command" no less, (returning to Penmayne after its triumphs on the WR mainline), as he watches the receding tail lamp, he reflects happily that the extra hour's overtime every night from the 19th to 24th will come in very handy for a last minute extra present for his wife patiently waiting upstairs in their quarters with a large mug of hot cocoa for him. Who was that designer his wife was mentioning who was a friend of Miss Sylvia from the Castle, Mary Quint was it, he wonders as he listens to the train rumble over the iron bridge over the inlet to the Cove, then, whistling, plunge into Cant Hill Tunnel before following the bank of the River Camel to Penmayne and the end of the line. He yawns, again, turns off the station lights, pats his faithful dog unused to being up at this late hour, locks the last door and slowly climbs the creaking stairs to bed. These Cornish Christmas Steam Specials have really been most successful; why, even that Dr. Beeching is said to be impressed with this example of local commercial initiative but has asked to see the proof that the trains have, indeed, made a profit. Ah, well, that's not his problem; the Castle Estate's chief accountant will take care of that!
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1067 on: December 20, 2014, 09:17:35 PM »
The Cornish Arms at Port Perran has been similarly busy.
Many enthusiasts are anticipating other special arrivals on Sunday (tomorrow), though these have not been confirmed.  It is also rumoured that a special train will make its way from Trepol Bay and Port Perran to the Weaver Cove area to witness the various specials traversing the freight only branch there.
News has reached the Cornish Arms that today's special headed by a green Western has now arrived back at Wolverhampton LL some 15 minutes early. Overall, a faultless trip by the Class 52.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1068 on: December 21, 2014, 08:17:00 PM »
All the happy railway enthusiasts crowded into the the "Cornish Arms", at Port Perran, have certainly had plenty to celebrate. Many are making plans to travel to the Weaver Cove area, the next day, to enjoy the program of special trains there. Port Perran's stationmaster has left a chalked up noticeboard above the bar confirming that there will, indeed, be a special train from Trepol Bay and Port Perran to the Weaver Cove area. No-one though yet knows what the loco. or stock will be. The expertise of the Swindon fitter, travelling in the rear cab of the returning BR Green "Western", was not required once; just as well, as he spent the entire return journey to Wolverhampton Low Level sleeping off the effects of too many Headland Brewery ales consumed in that very same inn!
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1069 on: December 22, 2014, 05:13:41 PM »
For the first part of a Christmas story about Sylvia and one of the 'Santa Specials' from Wadebridge, via Weaver Cove, to Trepol Bay, please, see: A Cant Cove (well, Weaver Cove) Christmas Story, on the Weaver Cove thread. I hope you like it; Sylvia and the Chelsea Girls will never forget that day, nor will the Wadebridge crew, driver Dave Hollow and fireman Mike Harris of pannier tank 5759, not to mention its crowded B Set of passengers and guard, 'Father Christmas', and one small boy from Weaver Cove!

WADEBRIDGE 57XXs:

3633 and 3679 (November to December 1959) were replaced by 4666 and 4694 (to 73F Wadebridge in late 1959, which lasted for about three years before being reallocated to 72A Exmouth Junction, in February 1963, being withdrawn from there in 1965).

(Another source lists the following as having been Wadebridge  allocated: 4666, 4669, 4694, 9770.)
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1070 on: December 23, 2014, 07:46:01 PM »
ELVIS at Cant Cove (a belated reposting after the previous post never appeared)

Excellent responses, guys. 8-) If the truth ever gets out about Elvis' secret times spent in North Cornwall, I'm sure there is at least a Master's thesis to be written on the true influences behind the songs that Elvis sang in the 1950s and 1960s!

The 1957 song, "All Shook Up" recorded by Elvis Presley was composed by Otis Blackwell and Elvis Presley. The old four-wheel coach, which is used for private parties from Cant Cove to Trevelver Castle, certainly was not renowned for its smooth riding on the branchline before it was relaid in the 1960s. No doubt Elvis recalled that experience when singing this song in the "Railway Hotel" snug.

"It's Now or Never" was recorded by Elvis Presley in 1960. The lyrics were written by Aaron Schroeder and Wally Gold. It is indeed rumoured that those lyrics were going through young Elvis's head when he left the "Station Hotel", with Alice, after closing time and a few too many 'Castle Best Bitters' . . .

"Harbor Lights" was, indeed sung by Elvis Presley. However, it was written by Hugh Williams (pseudonym for Will Grosz) with lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy. This song was originally sung by Frances Langford in 1937, and was published again in 1950. However, it was, indeed, another of the songs that the regulars in the "Railway Hotel" snug remember Elvis singing sometimes and Elvis had, often, ridden with Penmayne railwaymen on the Penmayne - Wadebridge - Trepol Bay (often via Weaver Cove) trains and, when they had booked off, they had often taken their young friend to one or more of the local hostelries in the area and he must, therefore, have seen the harbour lights passing through Weaver Cove as well as at Trepol Bay . . . 8-)
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1071 on: December 24, 2014, 02:53:34 PM »
Late afternoon Christmas Eve 'Santa Special' from Penmayne to Trepol Bay between Wadebridge and Weaver Cove East Junction behind one of Wadebridge's 57xx 0-6-0PTs, 4666, with every carriage (Mark 1s plus two Bulleids) left in the area full of happy families:

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1072 on: December 24, 2014, 09:20:02 PM »
After Friday, 21st December, 1962 and yet more pints of Castle Brewery and Headland Brewery at the "Cornish Arms", Port Perran, (an update is expected, later), the next evening the members of the Cornish Loco. Preservation Group (Cant Cove, Penmayne, and Trepol Bay) together with their friends from the GWS at Bodmin General and Port Perran, travelled on a special ex-GWR diesel railcar service (so only two railwaymen had to draw lots to stay sober instead of three) to visit their friends at Weaver Cove, in the "Smugglers' Den", where they reviewed the events of the first four days of the Cornish Christmas Steam Specials with local railwaymen from Cant Cove, Newquay, Penmayne, Port Perran, Trepol Bay, Truro, Wadebridge, and Weaver Cove. All are agreed that the events have been even more successful than anyone, even Lady Penelope of Trevelver Castle, who was the marketing genius who drove the program forward by getting everyone together at the Castle earlier that year, had ever hoped for. Across the area, guest houses, inns and hotels have been exceptionally busy; as have the pubs!

Much money has also been raised for the continued restoration and operation of the GWS's 57XX and 61XX tank locos. and Trepol Bay's Southern T9, "Black Motor", and newly arrived surprise M7 on the local lines. Their colleagues from Weaver Cove announced that the program of specials working over the normally freight only loop line have been a complete sell-out, too, and that the camera crew from Westward Television had indeed been filming at Weaver Cove, as promised. The Castle Estate's Chief Accountant was seen almost grinning when he was going through the profit and loss sheet for the Cornish Christmas Steam Specials which, everyone who knows him, agrees is a VERY positive sign!

Dr. Beeching has sent a congratulatory telegram after receiving a very positive preliminary report from the BR Plymouth Division manager. Rumour has it that, if the promised subsidies from Cornwall County Council and local businesses together with the rising revenues from increased passengers plus investment by local businesses in continuing use of railfreight, including their own rail wagons and vans, continue, the local lines, after suitable rationalisation, including the long-promised (but never implemented by the SR) Centralised Traffic Control, may escape recommendation for closure in the good doctor's coming report on the future of BR. Lady Penelope's lobbying and marketing campaigns are proving to be highly successful.

With the Dr. Barnardo's collecting boxes safely in the Castle safe, no-one knows, yet, just how successful Sylvia and her girls have been in collecting money from the passengers on the specials but their enthusiasm, friendliness and, not least, Christmas Elf costumes, have been judged a great contributory success to the program.

Finally, again long after last orders should have been called (the local PC being safely asleep in the police house in Trepol Bay), the ex-GWR diesel railcar and autocoach trailer, which had been waiting for them at the temporary platform, departed for Trepol Bay, where the autocoach was uncoupled, before departing for Wadebridge then Penmayne, stopping at Cant Cove, where they crew picked up a crate each of mixed bottled ales from the Castle and Headland Breweries to take home as an additional thank you from all their happy passengers.

The only puzzle has been the non-appearance of one of the "Smugglers' Den" regulars who had stepped in as a temporary replacement 'Father Christmas' on the Santa Specials . . .
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1073 on: December 25, 2014, 08:05:52 AM »
All the members of the Cornish Loco. Preservation Group (Cant Cove, Penmayne, and Trepol Bay) with their friends from the GWS at Bodmin General and Port Perran, together with their friends at Weaver Cove, in the "Smugglers' Den", the Lord and Lady of Trevelver Castle, and Sylvia and all the 'Chelsea Girls' (who send their kisses), the staff of BR SR and WR Plymouth Division, the Castle and Headland Breweries, Castle Estates, and the Penmayne Pasty Co., send their Christmas Greetings and all best wishes to all for the coming year. See you in Cornwall in 1962!
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1074 on: December 27, 2014, 09:22:30 PM »
The Christmas story of Sylvia and the 'Chelsea Girls' on the Santa Special to Weaver Cove is now complete and the parts can be found on Jon's Weaver Cove thread for anyone who is interested.

In Layout Planning, as promised, I will be writing the backstory of the Penmayne and Wadebridge Railway and the intertwined history of the family who live in Trevelver Castle. Next Christmas, I'm planning to write of how Dr. Beeching was visited by the (Cornish) Christmas Ghosts!

For those who would rather see models of the railway kind, I will be painting more Private Owner vans and wagons, some for Jon (Weaver Cove) and working on transfers for the various companies' PO stock. And for those who want to see scenery in place with track and wiring, that, too, is planned for Cant Cove early next year!

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1075 on: December 27, 2014, 11:17:14 PM »
And for those who want to see scenery in place with track and wiring, that, too, is planned for Cant Cove early next year!

Can't wait.

Bob

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1076 on: December 29, 2014, 10:41:56 AM »
And for those who want to see scenery in place with track and wiring, that, too, is planned for Cant Cove early next year!

Can't wait.

Bob

Thanks, Bob. I have had a year to read and think about others' experiences, get the scenic pieces (insulating material offcuts and squares) and the 'ring main' (bus) wire ready. (And I'm happy not to have rushed into doing everything.) I have had all the track and points (with a couple to spare), both types of rail joiners (not Fleischmann though) and plenty of track pins since the summer. As my landlord is an excellent handyman and electrician I have also been waiting for when we both have free time to cut and glue the scenic pieces, lay the bus wire underneath, lay the track on top of the scenic pieces and drill the holes alongside and connect all the droppers. Not everything will be done immediately as I need to try out the track fitting before nailing, wiring and soldering everything in place. However, the aim is to have some trains running on some of the track by the end of January. I definitely need the 'main line' in place as it is curved and the station platform has to be made to fit with my BR Blue outside crank Class 08 (already DCC-fitted) plus rolling stock used for track gauging.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1077 on: December 29, 2014, 12:37:12 PM »
Glad to hear that the layout is about to "take off". Very much looking forward to seeing pictures.
I know opinion is divided on track pins but just to say that I used them on Port Perran but have used Copydex on Trepol Bay as I found it easier to use. That's just a personal opinion though.
Will be doing a bit of work on either Trepol Bay or on wagon painting this afternoon.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1078 on: December 29, 2014, 06:37:52 PM »
After all the rush of organizing all the specials a nice quiet time getting your own "special" up and running will make a nice change.
What an imagination you have and the Christmas story was superb. Thanks to all the layouts it made model railways into a railway that was believable. I enjoyed it very much, thank you.
I'm sure Sylvia would make a lovely Easter Bunny. :heart2: :goggleeyes:
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #1079 on: December 30, 2014, 07:24:38 AM »
Glad to hear that the layout is about to "take off". Very much looking forward to seeing pictures.
I know opinion is divided on track pins but just to say that I used them on Port Perran but have used Copydex on Trepol Bay as I found it easier to use. That's just a personal opinion though.
Will be doing a bit of work on either Trepol Bay or on wagon painting this afternoon.

Thanks, Martin. I am looking forward to getting the layout under way, too. Four weeks should be enough to make good progress. I used Peco track pins, successfully, on my previous layout that had a chipboard base. I'm hoping pins will work as well with insulating board on a wooden frame. I have not seen 'Copydex' for sale, here, although I am sure that there must be a local equivalent. For straight sections of track I might try gluing.

I look forward to seeing further progress on Trepol Bay and the wagons.

 

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