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Going to add some pictures but realise this is in DEVON, so not quite Cornish clay! This is the penultimate rail movement to Marsh Mills near Plympton in 2009 shortly before rail traffic ceased here. 09101 did the honours, and I was lucky enough to have CDAs and a couple of Naccos on the working. Here are some pictures.

 

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Cheers guys. I'm glad my Devon pictures OK in here! The Marsh Mills layout screams for a 00 or N gauge layout or diorama. The steep branch up from Tavy Jn passes the home of the Plym Valley railway, so a chance to have some preserved loco action running too. Or with a little imagination - through trains straight onto the branch.

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The Marsh Mills layout screams for a 00 or N gauge layout or diorama. The steep branch up from Tavy Jn passes the home of the Plym Valley railway, so a chance to have some preserved loco action running too.

Very interesting photos of Marsh Mills when it was functioning. The old Imerys site was very large and must have been quite a spectacle.

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Hi Craig

 

Superb pictures ,sadly capturing a lost scene.....

 

Is it my eyes, or has 09101 got larger buffers than normal for the class ?

 

Any more......PLEASE

 

THANKS Bill

 

Yes Bill she has large buffer would said like class 47 style buffers

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Hi Craig

 

Thanks for these extra photo's......

Superb as the others are.....

The light in some of them really makes them special as it would seem that although the sky is blue, the ground is quite wet( one assumes just had a heavy shower) to give it quite a shine to the ground

 

THANKS AGAIN

 

Cheers Bill

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The more i see of the clay loading complexes the more i want to model one. Some superb shots Craig. Thanks for sharing

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Great shots Craig as ever.... you sir, are 'the new John Vaughan'!!

Knowing both men I would suggest that is a mantle not lightly but perhaps worthily worn.

 

It is pertinent, perhaps, to note that while "everyone" now takes photographs thanks to the digital revolution what we have seen from Craig (and it must be said a few others) is something of a history across a greater time span. Only 20 or so years ago photography was almost universally film-based and the internet was still the rising star of future information and communications. Go back another 20 years and photographers were often referred to as "cameramen" such was their prowess and standing when few could achieve the same quality of work.

 

To those few who have recorded change over time - and who have preserved the records captured by others - we owe a great debt.

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Goodness - thats very kind of you Rick. I realise I'm a priviledged position on the railway - which allows me the odd "Treat" like Marsh Mills and it's a pleasure to record the scene and share it with others.

 

John Vaughan has just released his last Cornish book, and he has captured the golden years of locomotives and the lineside before it grew out of control with barbaric fencing, telephone towers and 30 feet trees everywhere.

 

I'll keep on doing what I do - but will just keep my head down if thats OK. There may well be a book one day.

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The light in some of them really makes them special as it would seem that although the sky is blue, the ground is quite wet( one assumes just had a heavy shower) to give it quite a shine to the ground

 

 

You reminded me of how slippery it was that day Bill, and how "gaggled" my boots got wandering around that day. It was tricky keeping pace with the class 09 even though Dennis was taking it steady but I wanted to capture as many images as I could in that fabulous light after the rainy morning.

It remains a poignant day for me, a super railway operation gently winding down, with just me & the traincrew there - no headboards, detonators, swansongs or maudlin tears. Just low - key. Similar to my evenings filming at Bristol Temple Meads on the penultimate day of RES workings in Temple Meads before it headed up to the (short-lived) depot at Stoke Gifford.

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Hi Craig

 

Thanks again....

You saw it.....

But with your superb pictures we are all able to get a flavour of an operation that we otherwise would never have had the opportunity to have seen.......

Thanks again for sharing

 

Cheers Bill

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I suppose St Blazey box area isnt strictly a clay installation, but a clay hub for sure. Here are some pictures taken on a super August day when you wish you could stop the hands of time that may close the signalboxes a few years down the line.

 

60039 & 024 head the line up of stored 60s at BZ - these two have been kept warm and are due to depart for reinstatement shortly.

 

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66156 has been the County's clay loco for months now and still gives sterling service - even assisted the failed sleepers at Gwinear Rd the other evening.

 

Waiting train crew relief and held at SB2 signal on the Causeway so not to block Middleway Crossing

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Drivers change over by the box

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Taken in the afternoon - the sun has come around to this side of the loco.

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I suppose St Blazey box area isnt strictly a clay installation, but a clay hub for sure. Here are some pictures taken on a super August day when you wish you could stop the hands of time that may close the signalboxes a few years down the line.

 

60039 & 024 head the line up of stored 60s at BZ - these two have been kept warm and are due to depart for reinstatement shortly.

 

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66156 has been the County's clay loco for months now and still gives sterling service - even assisted the failed sleepers at Gwinear Rd the other evening.

 

Waiting train crew relief and held at SB2 signal on the Causeway so not to block Middleway Crossing

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Drivers change over by the box

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Taken in the afternoon - the sun has come around to this side of the loco.

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Nice to see that two of these class 60's are going to be back into service. Any news on the other two Craig?

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Popped down to Fowey recently to take a photo or two of the only DBS class 08 in regular service in the Duchy 08907. Operating practices may see its days numbered however. The photos also show the traverser in use, and the unloading apron behind.

 

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Having been unloaded, the wagon is moved onto the traverser to be shunted across.

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The beetle which moves the wagons around the unloading complex.

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08907 stabled beside the river

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Close up of the class 08

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