The Branch Line Society


Cornwall STP Tracker, Day 1 - 11th July 2018

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A British Telecom livery DMU leaving Lelant for St Ives, the 'fumes' were fairly typical at that time when the first generation DMUs were very worn out.<br>[© Ian Mortimer 19 Sep 1985]

In Apr 1976 all trains to/from Looe reversed in the platform at Coombe Junction which was then fully signalled, even with its own signal box. The single unit 'bubble car' is on the dead end passenger line (buffer stops behind the camera); the signal shows that it is going to Looe. On the right was the separate line to Moorswater, then dispatching China clay by rail.<br>[&copy; Ian Mortimer 1976]

On 23 Jan 1977 another bubble car is at a very wet Looe looking north towards Liskeard.<br>[&copy; Ian Mortimer 1977]

April 1971, a very early picture from Ian Mortimer's collection. A DMU at the very run down Okehampton (P3!) then the terminus of passenger services from Exeter. Ian actually used this normal service train to return from a walking holiday on Dartmoor. It was reportedly then averaging 50 passengers a day including a handful of season ticket holders and was withdrawn from 5 Jun 1972.<br>[&copy; Ian Mortimer 1971]

Tue 10 Jul 2018 at London Paddington P1 and 57605 in on the 23.45 Night Riviera sleeper train to Penzance which left on time.<br>[&copy; Neil Greenwood 2018]

321 miles later St Erth was reached at 07.51 next day, note the signal (right) for movements from P2 over the trailing crossover in front of the train.<br>[&copy; Neil Greenwood 2018]

A train leaving St Ives for St Erth.<br>[&copy; Neil Greenwood 2018]

Our Illustrious organiser at St Ives with an extra large ticket (and not a guided busway in sight!).<br>[&copy; Neil Greenwood 2018]

The 06.26 from Plymouth forming the 09.35 to Manchester is at the buffer stops (far end) of the rare Penzance P4 outside the main train shed (on the right). A NR measurement train was stabled in the 'Oil Sidings' (left).<br>[&copy; Neil Greenwood 2018]

37612 was on that train; the Atlantic Ocean can just be glimpsed background left.<br>[&copy; Neil Greenwood 2018]

Train leaving Liskeard towards Plymouth with the connection to the Looe branch used by ECS and cement trains going off to the left.<br>[&copy; Neil Greenwood 2018]

Liskeard bay P3; Looe train, the driver is on the right and the senior conductor left (there was no junior conductor). Unfortunately, as can be seen, the windows of the DMU were very dirty.<br>[&copy; Neil Greenwood 2018]

Look who has popped up again at Looe! The facilities have definitely improved since Ian Mortimer's Apr 1976 picture earlier (as well as the number of trains and passengers - both considerably).<br>[&copy; Neil Greenwood 2018]

On the platform at Coombe Junction Halt, some of the participants.<br>[&copy; Neil Greenwood 2018]

Looking north towards Moorswater where a cement train arrived from Aberthaw the following day.<br>[&copy; Neil Greenwood 2018]

Plymouth bay P3 with the 18.17 all stations train to Liskeard; our ubiquitous organiser chats to the driver. Right was former P2 (now 'Dock 4' and not used for passenger services). Once they were both through platforms and there was also a north Down side bay P1 (now trackless).<br>[&copy; Neil Greenwood 2018]

Reversal at Bere Alston, the conductor operates the Ground Frame at the end of the platform. Left is to Plymouth; right is the 1970 connection to Gunnislake (previously Callington/ Gunnislsake trains ran from the third platform far right behind train). When the train is on the branch the points are left set for its return.<br>[&copy; Neil Greenwood 2018]

Looking north towards Okehampton (one day!) the ex-Southern Railway double track Plymouth main line. Pre-1970 the branch connection was this end.<br>[&copy; Neil Greenwood 2018]

Gunnislake: the 19.09 arrival ex-Plymouth (1994, second station) forming the 19.13 return as much of the nation were preparing to watch the England V France World Cup semi final.<br>[&copy; Neil Greenwood 2018]

1961 Seventh Series composite 1" OS map, Bere Alston is bottom right, the original station is shown as Gunnislake, the 1994 one is the other side of the A390 bridge which was removed. The original 9½ mile branch terminus of Callington (in Kelly Bray) was top left.

Calstock Viaduct (River Tamar), the village is on the right.<br>[© Angus McDougall 12 Sep 1987]