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"Bodmin North, or as we call it now, Sainsbury's, was a delightful little terminus that has no doubt sired many a model railway layout." So says Peter Coster in The Steaming Sixties Vol 4, and who am I to argue with my former boss? I visited in 1961 from Wadebridge behind a pannier. The Camel Valley route, including the exchange sidings and the branch to Wenford, was a sheer delight. 

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Gilbert,

 

Wadebridge for me.  
 

Further to Graham’s comments on the 19 day turn around. Did the Boiler change feature different diagrams of boiler.  It is quite possible a partial repaint took place, which may have led to the later crest being applied to the tender at the same time.

 

Paul

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1 hour ago, Flying Fox 34F said:

Gilbert,

 

Wadebridge for me.  
 

Further to Graham’s comments on the 19 day turn around. Did the Boiler change feature different diagrams of boiler.  It is quite possible a partial repaint took place, which may have led to the later crest being applied to the tender at the same time.

 

Paul

No, same type of boiler. We are looking at 60061, which was in for casual heavy repair for just 19 days, 2nd to 21st December. It received the boiler which had come off 60086, in for a full general from 11/11 to 19/12, 38 days, and came off Plant just 2 days before 60061. 60086 got the boiler from 60075, which was in for general  from 4/11 to 6/12, 32 days. 60075's boiler had been taken off 60088, in from 17/8 to 29/7, 41 days, and so had been lying spare for 3 months or more.

 

All were Dia 94A boilers, and there were no tender changes. Does that assist in any way?

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Manna

They're not the only hazards on our local golf course!

You have to watch out for pine cones being dropped on your head by these - 

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or the distraction of watching these

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16 hours ago, great northern said:

No, same type of boiler. We are looking at 60061, which was in for casual heavy repair for just 19 days, 2nd to 21st December. It received the boiler which had come off 60086, in for a full general from 11/11 to 19/12, 38 days, and came off Plant just 2 days before 60061. 60086 got the boiler from 60075, which was in for general  from 4/11 to 6/12, 32 days. 60075's boiler had been taken off 60088, in from 17/8 to 29/7, 41 days, and so had been lying spare for 3 months or more.

 

All were Dia 94A boilers, and there were no tender changes. Does that assist in any way?


Gilbert, its possible 60061 had a defect within the boiler or firebox that was too big for the Boliersmith at her depot  to deal with or she may have been declared a failure whilst in service.  Hence the short visit and a boiler change.  Anyway, based on previous known practices at the Plant, the opportunity to replace the crest with the new Heraldic version would probably have been taken to please HQ.  After all the tender is sitting around in the yard waiting for the loco to be sorted out. 
 

Paul

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39 minutes ago, great northern said:

Only two candidates in the poll, poor old Bude didn't get a look in. Wadebridge-Padstow won 5-4, not surprising really, as it looks to have been a lovely little line.

 

To glorious Devon now, and GW single track branches therein.

Hi Gilbert

 

I voted for Bude, pressed "submit reply" and it never appeared.

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1 hour ago, great northern said:

Morning all. Raining hard here, but its on its way out, so golf may not be too bad, despite the lack of kangaroos and koalas.

 

One more shot of Quicksilver from up on Cresecent Bridge.

 

 

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then to Spital Bridge, and a shot of the Little Barford goods heading for New England.

 

 

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Another attempt at a new angle, but there is very little light in this corner now, so I won't try it again.

Are we going to get a closer view of the met cam lurking as the second vehicle behind Quicksilver?

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Only one choice for me - the Kingsbridge branch along the Avon valley (the "Primrose Line"). 

 

I have walked parts of it many times and have always thought it more deserving of preservation than certain other more fortunate lines.  Very picturesque in parts, very modellable as seen on this forum and with potential for "might have been" extensions to Salcombe and Bigbury/Bantham.  But I have never understood how anyone thought stations like Gara Bridge could be profitable.

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1 hour ago, Oldddudders said:

The problem with the Bude branch in this category is that most of it was in Devon. Did anyone mention Callington?  

Part of the Callington branch was too, of course Ian. The "main" line to Padstow was also partly in Devon, so perhaps only the branch from Wadebridge to Bodmin was eligible - except that, originally, that was the main (only) line. So what's left? The Ruthern Bridge and Wenford Bridge branches.

 

I think that Gilbert steered a good path with the spirit of the poll, as did the respondents, and either Padstow or Wadebridge would have been a worthy winner.

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The Hemyock branch for today's poll. Don't know a great deal about it but it looks lovely in the pictures and well-known I believe for the diary traffic from the creamery at Hemyock. Quintessential GWR branchline.

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