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Bude, drawings of Platform awnings & columns L.S.W.R. 1898

You might be interested to note the OPC drawings of the buildings are all listed by the NRM on the OPC master list, each is £7.50 as digital download. The service is really good and while they say its a six weeks turnaround it depends when you order as they place an order for scans once every three weeks. Don't ask me why it is referenced as LMS (I have not got a clue)

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Not sure if this has already been mentioned, but there are lots of photos of Bude station and wharf branch on the Railway page of the "Bude Past & Present" website here: http://bude-past-and-present.org.uk/category/railway/

Cheers, Dave.

Some interesting shots there Dave. Not sure what the Merchant Navy, show of Exeter or Okehampton are doing there though.
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Today marks fifty years since the last train left Bude on Saturday 1st October 1966.  The line had officially

opened on Wednesday 10th August 1898, and apart from re-signalling in 1939,  the Station changed very

little during the intervening sixty-eight years.

 

Whilst talking with the people at Bude Heritage Centre in connection with the station closure, I was able to

ascertain that they have a considerable collection of material relating to the railway.

See  http://www.thecastlebude.org.uk/heritage-centre/  for details of opening times, etc.

 

However, if you can’t visit in person,  then many of the pictures held in the Bude Heritage Collection can be

accessed via the Cornish Memory website;  http://cornishmemory.com/collections/show/15

 

 

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Copyright Bude Heritage Centre; http://cornishmemory.com/item/BHC_23_059

The main station building under construction by local builder Frederick Cann.  This was a substantial red

brick affair with slate roof  and unlike the other more utilitarian structures,  it was lavishly embellished with

Portland stone quoins, door and window surrounds.

 

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From an Original Postcard/Authors Collection

Originally sold as a hand tinted postcard, this view taken in LSWR days shows some of the station staff

posed on the main platform.

 

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From an Original Print/Authors Collection

Drummond M7 Class 0-4-4T No 35 waits with a train for Halwill,  coincidentally this particular loco was built

at Nine Elms in 1898.

 

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From an Original Postcard/Authors Collection

Drummond T9 Class 4-4-0 No 30710 stands in the main platform with the 3.18pm from Bude to Okehampton

on 19th July 1957.

 

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Copyright Bude Heritage Centre; http://cornishmemory.com/item/BHC_25_291

This picture is annotated as being the last scheduled steam service into Bude, with L-R, Fireman K Bosley,

Porter C Collis, Driver J Statton and Guard C Daniel  posing in front of BR Class 4MT 2-6-4T No 80039.  If

anyone can confirm the actual date and the train involved,  I would be really pleased to hear from them.

 

The final steam working took place on 5th September 1965, when Ivatt Class 2MT 2-6-2T No 41283 arrived

with the Great Western Society Launceston Branch Centenary Special.

 

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Copyright Bude Heritage Centre; http://cornishmemory.com/item/BHC_25_298

In the end,  the final train was the 19:35 from Bude to Exeter Central on Saturday 1st October 1966 and was

formed of one very overcrowded Single Car DMMU, No 55012, seen here arriving with the 18:30 from Halwill.

 

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Copyright Bude Heritage Centre; http://cornishmemory.com/item/BHC_25_303

The people of Bude were determined to make it a memorable night and the Station Forecourt remained busy

for some time after the last train had left.

 

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AP Rowley/Authors Collection

A scrap recovery train being loaded in the Bay Platform, most of the recoverable metalwork, including the

water tank, has already gone.   Interestingly the nearest wagon has been labelled as condemned and will

also be making a one-way trip to the steelworks.

 

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Looking down on what remains of the Cattle Dock, Goods Shed and Platform, with Kings Hill behind.

 

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Whilst the viewpoint is almost the same, things have changed somewhat since the earlier picture of the staff

posing on the platform in LSWR days.

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ISTR a former BR manager on the IoW has been building a model of Bude, but know no details.

 

I suspect that was me Ian :)

 

The Model is now more than 45 years old and is currently being rebuilt ready to be installed into a new permanent home in the loft.

 

Any pics of former or present progress would find a place on here, I'm sure.

 

It took me a while, but at least I've made a start;  http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/115403-bude/

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On page 80 of David Wroe's book, The Atlantic Coast Express - The Bude Branch, there is a picture of D6340 near Bagbury Farm with an Officers Inspection Saloon.

 

 

Hi,

Just seen your post regarding mention of D6340  on the Bude branch.

Many thanks

Mark

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Bude was slightly unusual in having two pieces of rolling stock placed on short isolated sections of track:

 

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From an original picture by Chris Knowles-Thomas / http://www.semgonline.com

The first was a Crane situated between the Turntable and canal branch which,   as far as I am aware,

was used to tranship goods between rail and road vehicles, the latter gaining access by means of the

road leading to the Gasworks. 

 

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In connection with this,   I've have always been struck by the remarkable similarity between the crane

at Bude and this model of an engineers crane produced by Hornby, Cat No R6004.

 

The crane is one of a number built by Cowans-Sheldon of Carlisle during the early part of WW2, and intended to provide increased cranage capacity at strategic locations around the UK- they were of 6.5 or 10 ton capacity, several times greater than many fixed yard cranes. The majority seem to have gone to the LMS, and its successor, but it would seem a couple of examples went further south. Paul Bartlett's site shows one at Exmouth Junction wagon works in 1979, and another at Tonbridge West Yard- this one was still in use at the beginning of this century. The Hornby one can provide the basis of a decent model.

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The Last Train.

 

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Copyright Bude Heritage Centre; http://cornishmemory.com/item/BHC_25_299

WR Single Car DMMU No 55012 waiting to leave Bude with the 19:35 to Exeter Central

on Saturday 1st October 1966.

Great photos in this and your previous post Nigel, but they throw up a little mystery for me - neither end of the "last train" seems to have any exhaust pipes. Is it possible that it wasn't in fact a single car?

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Great photos in this and your previous post Nigel, but they throw up a little mystery for me - neither end of the "last train" seems to have any exhaust pipes. Is it possible that it wasn't in fact a single car?

 

You are absolutely right about the absence of exhaust pipes.

 

I have long suspected that there may be something not quite right about some of the published pictures of the last train.  In fact I have been looking into it for some time but so far have made very little progress.

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Whilst researching the demise and closure of the line,  I came across this locally produced film

about the Bude Branch which may be of interest.

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See:  http://cornishmemory.com/item/BHC_15

 

At one point during the film,  (at approx 13min)  the narrator talks about the regular delivery of

newspapers to Grills Farm at Trelay.        This was carried out by the Guard of the first up train

who would throw out a rolled up copy of the paper, which was caught and taken into the house

by the farm dog.

 

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Copyright Grills Family Collection / Adrian Abbott

Here,  having made his throw,  Guard Claude Daniel can be seen waving from the van window

as the dog waits in the field to retrieve the paper.

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Post any photos you have please, don't worry about quality, particularly if it's not a common angle.

 

 

Don't worry about the quality, all information is good!

And a bit of Photoshoppery gives us these:

 

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Whats the van, is it a Bedford Doormobile?

 

Cheers, Dave.

 

 

My dad had a Ford Prefect exactly like that, same colour as well, OBO 914.  The Bedford is an 'ordinary' van, but they were available in crewbus and open versions as well.  A Dormobile is a conversion with a lifting panel in the roof to convert it to a motor caravan, seen on Bedfords, VWs, and Commer Cobs as well.

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Whilst researching the demise and closure of the line,  I came across this locally produced film

about the Bude Branch which may be of interest.

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See:  http://cornishmemory.com/item/BHC_15

 

At one point during the film,  (at approx 13min)  the narrator talks about the regular delivery of

newspapers to Grills Farm at Trelay.        This was carried out by the Guard of the first up train

who would throw out a rolled up copy of the paper, which was caught and taken into the house

by the farm dog.

 

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Copyright Grills Family Collection / Adrian Abbott

Here,  having made his throw,  Guard Claude Daniel can be seen waving from the van window

as the dog waits in the field to retrieve the paper.

 

Actually, I think Guard Daniel has been captured on film in the act of throwing the rolled up paper, which is the white thing gracefully arcing through the air in front of the bridge abutment, and it looks as if Rover is about to be hit on the nose by it; Rover is probably a Border Collie by the look of it, a breed far to bright to be hit on the nose in this way.

 

My imaginary version of the next 2 seconds involves Rover very satisfyingly catching the paper in mid air and bounding joyfully back to the farmhouse where hopefully his master will reward him with at least a biscuit!

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Actually, I think Guard Daniel has been captured on film in the act of throwing the rolled up paper, which is the white thing gracefully arcing through the air in front of the bridge abutment, and it looks as if Rover is about to be hit on the nose by it; Rover is probably a Border Collie by the look of it, a breed far to bright to be hit on the nose in this way.

 

That is something I would very much like to see.

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Ever since the line closed more than 50 years ago, the perceived wisdom has always been that the last train to leave Bude on Saturday 1st October 1966 was formed of a Single Car DMMU, No 55012.  However, photographs have now come to light which suggest this may not have been the case.

 

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[01] Copyright Bude & Stratton Post; http://www.bude-today.co.uk/

This is the best-known picture of the last train and in the case of David Wroe’s seminal work on the Bude Branch is captioned as, “Crammed to the doors.  Diesel Car No. 55012 left Bude on the evening of 1st October 1966 – the last train.”  Interestingly, it is possible to make out the number 5012 on the front buffer beam, something I can not recall having seen before.  On that day sunset in Bude would have been around 18:55, which means the only trains timetabled to operate on the line after dark would have been the 18:30 Okehampton to Bude and the 19:35 return to Exeter Central.  So, given that the special headboard was only used on the last day, there can be little doubt the above picture does indeed show the last train waiting to leave Bude.

 

So far so good, but reference to a set of photographs in the Bude Heritage Centre collection suggest that at least two units were used for the final working.

 

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[02] Copyright Bude Heritage Centre; http://cornishmemory.com/item/BHC_25_298

Clearly, with the headboard back to front and the driver on the wrong side of the cab, this picture must have been incorrectly printed.

 

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[03] Once corrected the picture looks like this, which means it can only be the 18:30 from Okehampton arriving into Bude at 19:28.

 

 

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[04] Copyright Bude Heritage Centre; http://cornishmemory.com/item/BHC_25_299

The driver is recognisably the same as in the previous picture so this must be the last train ready to leave for Exeter Central at 19:35.  Although in this instance there is virtually no sign of any number on the front buffer beam.

 

And that’s the problem because; as has already been pointed out

 

Great photos in this and your previous post Nigel, but they throw up a little mystery for me - neither end of the "last train" seems to have any exhaust pipes. Is it possible that it wasn't in fact a single car?

 

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[05] Copyright Bude Heritage Centre; http://cornishmemory.com/item/BHC_25_296

And as we all know Single Car DMMUs had a pair of external exhaust pipes at the same end as the Guard’s Compartment, as seen in this view taken earlier in the day.

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Originally, the WR had expected the Bude and North Cornwall Lines to close in April 1966 so, when the Summer Timetable was published on 18 April 1966, no service was shown for either line.

 

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[06] This was subsequently corrected in a supplement issued on 6 June 1966.

 

See Last BR Timetable.pdf for the full timetable, including the North Cornwall line.

 

During this period it would seem there was a daily requirement for three units and services were operated with a mixture of single, two and three car DMMUs, although the three car units were often reduced to two by removing the centre coach.  Accordingly, in order to try and understand what happened with the last train, I have attempted to re-construct the workings for the units involved on the final day.

 

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[07] The suggested DMMU workings for Saturday 1 October 1966, based upon the WR Timetable Supplement above, details of the DMMU workings contained in ‘The Atlantic Coast Express The Bude Branch’ by David J Wroe and photographs take on the day.

 

At this point I must thank Alistair Holt; https://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/, who generously agreed to let me use some of the pictures taken by his late father Keith and Roger Joanes; https://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/, who kindly allowed me access to the photographs he took on the last day.  Permission to use these photographs has been granted specifically for the purpose of illustrating this topic, copyright remains as above and I would ask that people respect this by not copying or redistributing any of these images.

 

All of the pictures that follow were taken on the last day, Saturday 1 October 1966.

 

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[08] Copyright Roger Joanes https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/25571471156

An interesting picture of the 11:30 from Bude to Okehampton, which shows that even on the last day a considerable amount of mail was still being handled.  Of note here is the fact that the single car unit has stopped well down the platform under the canopy.

 

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[09] Copyright Roger Joanes https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/13854167093

At lunchtime all three of the units in service could be seen together at Halwill.  The train to the left is the 11:45 from Okehampton which divided on arrival at 12:06, the front unit going on to Bude at 12:09, with the single unit at the rear departing for Wadebridge at 12:10.  On the right is the 11:30 from Bude to Okehampton, which was due to depart at 12:08.

 

A number of other pictures taken at Halwill can be found here; http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/h/halwill/index.shtml

 

 

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[10] The Late Keith Holt.  Copyright KDH Archive https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/9694388564

Single Car DMMU No W55016 waiting to depart with the 15:20 from Bude to Okehampton.

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The final trains.

 

Could it be that the last train from Bude was formed of two class 122 single car units, coupled van end to van end?

 

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[11] The Late Keith Holt.  Copyright KDH Archive; https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/9691166365

The two single car DMMU's standing in the platform have just arrived at 16:33 with the 16:00 from Halwill to Bude.  Interestingly, a close study of the original picture shows the configuration of the C, 3 and 4 on the headcode blinds to be almost identical to that in the earlier picture [03] of the 19:28 arrival at Bude, as is the dirt surrounding the roof mounted destination box.

 

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[12] The Late Keith Holt.  Copyright KDH Archive; https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/9694387594

The two single car DMMU's seen in the previous picture wait to form the 16:45 departure from Bude to Okehampton.  Once again the configuration of the headcode blinds and in this case the lack of dirt around the destination box, suggest this may be the same unit as that shown in the first picture [01].  Also of note is the position of the two units, with the leading cab in line with the end of the platform canopy as it is in the two earlier pictures of the last train [01 and 04].  This train was due into Okehampton at 17:50 and the suggested workings imply the two units then formed the 18:30 back to Bude, where they would have been due to arrive at 19:28, before working the very last train, the 19:35 from Bude to Exeter Central.

 

So, on the balance of probabilities, it seems likely that in fact it was this pair of single car DMMUs with the van ends coupled together, which worked the last train.

 

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[13] Copyright Bude Heritage Centre; http://cornishmemory.com/item/BHC_25_302

Passengers at Bude waiting to board the last train.

 

And finally, two pictures showing the last trains on the Bude and North Cornwall Lines.

 

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[14] Copyright Bude Heritage Centre; http://cornishmemory.com/item/BHC_21_062

The 19:35 from Bude to Exeter Central with the Headboard being placed in position for the final time.  The number 5012 is again clearly visible on the buffer beam, which would seem to confirm that the leading Unit was No W55012.

 

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[15] Copyright Roger Joanes; https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/24574503143

The last service from Wadebridge and Launceston stands in the up platform at Halwill.  On arrival, the 19:35 from Bude will be attached to the rear of the waiting units before the combined train departs at 20:19 for Okehampton and Exeter Central.

 

I have no doubt that, apart from exhaust pipes and dirt, there must be other ways of positively identifying both the type and which end of a unit one is looking at, but unfortunately that level of detail is beyond me.  So, if anyone can help in this respect, it would be much appreciated.

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The last train was likely to be W55012 and W55016 according to this excellent analysis. It would be interesting to know the other two units on the Wadebridge section.

 

It had originally been assumed that on arrival at Launceston, the 18 40 from Wadebridge would have been attached to the rear of the unit which had earlier formed the 19 00 from Halwill.

 

However, it now seems the attachment was made the other way round.  Roger Joanes, who travelled on the train, is of the opinion that when last service from Wadebridge arrived at Launceston the second unit was attached to the rear.  This is certainly borne out by the photograph taken after the train arrived at Halwill as the front unit is still carrying the small wreath which had been fixed in place before leaving Wadebridge.

 

Accordingly, the DMMU workings posted above have now been amended to reflect this and suggest that it was W55016 which worked the 18 40 from Wadebridge.

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