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Bodmin Bagpipe

by on Jul.22, 2017, under Photo News

Class 33 Crompton No. 33110 (the former D6527) was working on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway today in place of the rostered Class 37 No. 37142.

Built at the Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company’s Smethwick works D6527 entered traffic in October 1960 allocated to Hither Green depot on the Southern Region of BR. The Push-Pull equipment, enabling working with the 4TC trailer cars over the then unelectrified line to Weymouth, was fitted at Eastleigh Works in April 1967, the additional air pipes under the cab windows earned the Class 33/1 sub-class the nickname ‘Bagpipes’. The Crompton’s were one of the locomotive classes where the ‘TOPS’ renumbering did not run in sequence and thus 6527 became 33110 in February 1974. Final withdrawal came in September 1992 after nearly 3 years of restricted Engineers Departmental use and 33110 arrived on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway in December 1993, it worked its first train on the line in March 2000 after a long overhaul. The current faded and flaking Engineer’s Grey Livery made its debut in September 2009 and is an authentic view of how 33110 would have looked in its final BR years.

All images by Mark Simpson

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Cement Empties

by on Jul.13, 2017, under Photo News

Colas Rail Class 70 No. 70805 at Liskeard with the 6C36 1138 Moorswater to Aberthaw empty cement working. Photo credit - Mark Simpson

Colas Rail Class 70 No. 70805 at Liskeard with the 6C36 1138 Moorswater to Aberthaw empty cement working. Photo credit – Mark Simpson

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Dartmoor Thunderer

by on Jul.07, 2017, under Photo News

English Electric Class 50 50008 ‘Thunderer’ in Laira blue visited the Dartmoor Railway to collect Network Rail’s new Loram Rail Grinder that had been on the line for a week.

All images by Mark Simpson

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70810 on the Cement

by on Jul.06, 2017, under Photo News

Colas Rail Class 70 No. 70810 approaches St Germans with the 6C36 11:38 Moorswater  to Aberthaw Tarmac empty cement working. Photo credit - Mark Simpson

Colas Rail Class 70 No. 70810 approaches St Germans with the 6C36 11:38 Moorswater to Aberthaw Tarmac empty cement working. Photo credit – Mark Simpson

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Grindr

by on Jun.30, 2017, under Photo News

No not that! Network Rail’s new Loram Rail Grinder at Okehampton on the Dartmoor Railway.

All images by Mark Simpson

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Nocturnal EE

by on Jun.15, 2017, under Photo News

It's 1:10am as 1962 vintage English Electric Type 3 Class 37 D6757 (37057) rolls through St Germans with the 3Q53 22:43 Penzance to Exeter Riverside N.Y. test train. Photo credit - Mark Simpson

It’s 1:11am as 1962 vintage English Electric Type 3 Class 37 D6757 (37057) of Colas Rail in BR green rolls through St Germans with the 3Q53 22:43 Penzance to Exeter Riverside N.Y. test train. Photo credit – Mark Simpson

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Bodmin Bounty

by on Jun.04, 2017, under Photo News

A1 Steam Locomotive Trust LNER Pacific No. 60103 'Tornado' at Bodmin Parkway. Photo credit - Mark Simpson

A1 Steam Locomotive Trust LNER Pacific No. 60103 ‘Tornado’ at Bodmin Parkway. Photo credit – Mark Simpson

LNER Peppercorn A1 recreation No. 60103 'Tornado' leaves Bodmin Parkway with the return of the 19:00 evening dining service to Bodmin General. Photo credit - Mark Simpson

LNER Peppercorn A1 recreation No. 60103 ‘Tornado’ leaves Bodmin Parkway with the return to Bodmin General of the 19:00 evening dining service. Photo credit – Mark Simpson

Arriva CrossCountry HST 43366 departs Bodmin Parkway with the summer Saturday 1V58 09:00 Glasgow Central to Penzance. Photo credit - Mark Simpson

Arriva CrossCountry HST 43366 departs Bodmin Parkway with the summer Saturday 1V58 09:00 Glasgow Central to Penzance. Photo credit – Mark Simpson

GWR Class 57/6 No. 57605 'Totnes Castle' throbs past Respryn with the summer Saturday only 2C51 17:50 Exeter St Davids to Penzance service. Photo credit - Mark Simpson

GWR Class 57/6 No. 57605 ‘Totnes Castle’ throbs past Respryn with the summer Saturday only 2C51 17:50 Exeter St Davids to Penzance service. Photo credit – Mark Simpson

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The Cornishman

by on May.29, 2017, under Photo News

Peppercorn A1 recreation No. 60163 'Tornado' passes Menheniot with the 1Z63 08:03 London Paddington to Penzance. Photo credit - Mark Simpson

Peppercorn A1 recreation No. 60163 ‘Tornado’ passes Menheniot with the 1Z63 08:03 London Paddington to Penzance ‘The Cornishman’. Photo credit – Mark Simpson

DB Cargo Class 59/2 No. 59202 'Alan Meddows Taylor MD, Mendip Rail Limited' approaches Menheniot with the Pride of Britain support coach working the 5Z60 11:50 Exeter Riverside N.Y. to Penzance. This former National Grid locomotive will work 'The Cornishman' back to Paddington from Penzance as 'Tornado' visits the Bodmin and Wenford Railway for a few days. Photo credit - Mark Simpson

DB Cargo Class 59/2 No. 59202 ‘Alan Meddows Taylor MD, Mendip Rail Limited’ approaches Menheniot with the Pride of Britain support coach working the 5Z60 11:50 Exeter Riverside N.Y. to Penzance. This former National Power locomotive will work ‘The Cornishman’ back to Paddington from Penzance as ‘Tornado’ visits the Bodmin and Wenford Railway for a few days. Photo credit – Mark Simpson

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CrossCountry HSTs

by on May.27, 2017, under Photo News

Arriva CrossCountry HSTs Nos 43285 and 43384 head over the River Tiddy on St Germans Viaduct with the 1V48 07:45 York to Penzance. Photo credit - Mark Simpson

Arriva CrossCountry HSTs Nos 43285 and 43384 head over the River Tiddy on St Germans Viaduct with the 1V48 07:45 York to Penzance. Photo credit – Mark Simpson

Cross Country HST No 43384 crosses Coldrenick Viaduct leading the 1E75 16:25 Penzance to Leeds. Photo credit - Mark Simpson

Cross Country HST No 43384 crosses Coldrenick Viaduct leading the 1E75 16:25 Penzance to Leeds. Photo credit – Mark Simpson

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