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  1. Reading this has raised a question in my mind. At Penryn, my local station when I was young, it was common for a down goods train to be stopped at the home signal and then to enter the up loop. It is a long time ago now but from memory the home signal remained at danger. Looking at the diagram on the SRS site there is a ground disc signal, identified as 25, adjacent to the home signal. I am assuming that this would have been used to allow the train to enter the up loop. In addition the up loop had a sprung catch point to prevent a train entering it from the down direction, this has the notation 'slotted by 21' on the drawing. Would I be correct in thinking that this sprung point could be manually controlled by the signalman to allow the down goods to enter the up loop? Apologies for going off topic and thanks in advance for any replies.
  2. I don't know how big the man is that's going to lift the rail using the handles is the last photo, but if I were to meet him I would be very deferential.
  3. It does indeed. Saint Petroc, along with Saint Piran and Saint Michael is one of the patron saints of Cornwal.
  4. Jim, Is that the original City of Truro? If so it was the first 47 I saw, it came to Truro to be named and stood out like a sore thumb amongst all the hydraulics.
  5. Jim, If your looking for sponsorship when you do the mountain walk I'm sure quite a few people on here, including me, will be willing to sign up.
  6. I have two comments this subject, both in a sense political. The motorway building program really got into gear shortly after the 1955 ASLEF strike brought about the declaration of a state of emergency on May 31st. I believe that the two were interconnected in that the government realised just how easily they, or any government, could be held to ransom by a comparatively small section of the workforce. Richard Beeching is now widely reviled for closing down approximately 4,000 miles of branch and secondary lines, which were not profitable, and never would be. After his departure the Labour government closed a further 2,000 miles of lines, many of which were main lines and which were, or could be, made profitable. It has now been totally forgotten that he was sacked by the Labour government after being accused by them, widely believed to be at the behest of the Transport & General Workers Union, of being pro rail. His crime was to illustrate the fact that a three lane motorway built to take 28 ton trucks cost almost twice that of a two lane motorway built to take 17 tonners. He therefore, correctly, proposed that the road transport industry should bear the extra costs of providing three lane motorways.
  7. If it was anything like those around Paddington in the 1970's you would also get an offer of companionship for at least part of the night and no, I didn't take up any of the offers.
  8. Re the census, that's what I've done.. I have lived in the Reading area for many years because I had to make a choice when I left the merchant navy. The choice was between a very uncertain future in the ship repair yard at Falmouth and a very secure well paid future as an engineer surveyor living west of London. I generally visit Cornwall at least twice a year and it always lifts my spirits when, heading west, I cross the Tamar at Launceston as it feels as if I'm arriving home.
  9. One of the problems with the Cornish dialect, which has been dying out for quite a while, is that it varies from place to place. Pronunciation in the west, like Stithians (Stidians) near Redruth, (Re-druth not Red-ruth) where I grew up, can and does vary from that in the east. An example is Perranzabuloe, I pronounce it Perran za boo looe, but I understand that further east it is pronounced Perran zab low. Another example is that in the west names beginning with Tre, the Tre is normally produced separately, Tre-Wdden or Tre-Leven; except where the Tre is followed by an s, for example Trescobeas is pronounced Tresco-bays. It's all a bit of a minefield really, for instance here are some of the villages and towns I can think of quickly. Carnkie (Carn-kye), Manaccan (Man-nac-can), Lostwithel (Los-with-e-l). Another oddity, which I don't know is just found in west Cornwall, is that Porth is only pronounced as such on the end of a name, but Port at the beginning. For example Porthleven is Port-leven, but Perranporth is Perran-porth. My parents, born 1910/11, also had the habit of pronouncing a v as double b, so Porthleven became Port-lebben.
  10. This brings to mind my time at sea when the newly joined fourth engineer, who rapidly realised I was Cornish, told me that he had spent his recent honeymoon in Cornwall at a place called Body Nick. I hadn't heard of such a place and said so, he then said that it was opposite Fo-wey and I realised he was talking about Bodinnick.
  11. Having seen the previous shows I knew that I wouldn't get much else done over the weekend and sure enough I didn't. The quality of the whole weekend's show left no doubt that a tremendous amount of effort must have been expended its production. Thank you to all of you for making that effort.
  12. I think that's a container flat, if I remember correctly they are designed to carry weighty, irregularly shaped items which won't overhang the dimensions of the base. The item(s) are securely lashed to the strengthened base and covered with sheeting. The end stanchions are the same size as a standard container which allows it to be loaded into the guides on a container ship.
  13. Hi Jim, Are the posts on the walkway in the second photo bollards for mooring the locos?
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