Bodmin & Wenford Railway
Saturday 29th November 2014
49 members travelled to Cornwall for an all available lines charter arranged by the Fixtures Secretary on a day when the railway is normally closed; in fact the only day passengers were carried in November. Using three brake vans and ex-BR 08444, the tour started at Bodmin General this year. At Bodmin Parkway, all three roads to the carriage shed were completed (including running inside road 7), as was the station run round loop. A small Ruston Hornsby shunter named Brian provided unexpected bonus haulage on the shed roads. Passengers then alighted to visit the carriage shed. Next stop was Colesloggett Halt for a photo stop, unusual in this Down direction because of the gradient (Up!), before proceeding into Walker Lines (formerly Fitzgerald Lighting, although no alighting or lighting up!), where the three sidings were traversed after some vegetation clearance on road 3. A reversal took us to Bodmin General where very welcome complimentary traditional hot Cornish Pasties were ready for consumption. Ex-BR 33110 took over the train and we journeyed down to Boscarne Junction and completed both the station road and the associated run round loop in full, just reaching a section of the historic Bodmin and Wadebridge Railway. View video.
Back at Bodmin General the railtour completed road 4 of the loco shed, completely clear to the stop blocks by special arrangement, Barracks Sidings to the end of the line, the station run round loop and even the run-round crossover to the platform road. Ex-BR Class 10 D3452 assisted with the shunting, a real attraction for haulage enthusiasts. With the light fading on our run back to Bodmin Parkway, we were delighted to enjoy a spirited run behind 33110. At Parkway those departing by train managed a one minute cross platform connection before the London end points on the run round loop were clamped and the railtour proceeded to the buffers to give overlap with the loop. Finally the train returned to Bodmin General to terminate.
Our thanks are due to all at the railway for an excellent visit, in beautiful winter sunshine, and all those that worked so hard to make the event happen both in advance and on the day. It would greatly assist the B&WR if anyone who has ever visited could please write a Trip Advisor review at: http://tinyurl.com/py2o6ok.