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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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Bodmin & Wenford Railway EE Day

by on May.13, 2017, under Photo News

50042 'Triumph' heads uphill towards Colesloggett with the 13:37 Bodmin Parkway to Bodmin General. Photo credit - Mark Simpson

50042 ‘Triumph’ heads uphill towards Colesloggett with the 13:37 Bodmin Parkway to Bodmin General. Photo credit – Mark Simpson

37142 approaches Colesloggett Halt with the 15:25 Bodmin Parkway to Bodmin General. Photo credit - Mark Simpson

Former Cornish China Clay locomotive 37142 (D6842 new in 1963) approaches Colesloggett Halt with the 15:25 Bodmin Parkway to Bodmin General. Photo credit – Mark Simpson

50042 'Triumph' coast downhill towards Bodmin Parkway station with the 14:55 service from Bodmin General. Photo credit - Mark Simpson

50042 ‘Triumph’ coasts downhill towards Bodmin Parkway station with the 14:55 service from Bodmin General. Photo credit – Mark Simpson

50042 'Triumph' takes the former Wadebridge branch with the 15:55 Bodmin General to Boscarne Junction. Photo credit - Mark Simpson

50042 ‘Triumph’ takes the check rail curve on to the former Wadebridge branch with the 15:55 Bodmin General to Boscarne Junction. Photo credit – Mark Simpson

English Electric type 5 (D442) 50042 'Triumph' looks splendid in large logo at Bodmin General station in between duties. Photo credit - Mark Simpson

English Electric type 5 (D442 new in 1968) 50042 ‘Triumph’ looks splendid in large logo at Bodmin General station in between duties. Photo credit – Mark Simpson

Inside the cab of class 50 50042 'Triumph' showing the English Electric oven and cooking ring. Photo credit - Mark Simpson

Inside the cab of class 50 50042 ‘Triumph’ showing the English Electric oven and cooking ring. Photo credit – Mark Simpson

37142 comes off the former Royal Train stabling point at Charlie's Gate and into Bodmin Parkway station with the 16:45 service from Bodmin General. Photo credit - Mark Simpson

37142 arrives at Bodmin Parkway station with the 16:45 service from Bodmin General. Photo credit – Mark Simpson

'Crompton' 33110 (D6527) stabled with the Derby DMU on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway. Photo credit - Mark Simpson

‘Crompton’ 33110 (D6527) stabled with the Derby DMU on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway. Photo credit – Mark Simpson

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Green 37 in Cornwall

by on Feb.07, 2017, under Photo News

37057 (D6757) passes St Germans on the rear of the '1S14' 18:50 Laira T.& R.S.M.D. to Exeter Riverside N.Y. via Burngullow Junction along with 977986, 977985, 9708. Photo credit - Mark Simpson

British Railways green 37057 (D6757) passes a rather soggy St Germans on the rear of the ‘1S14’ 18:50 Laira T.& R.S.M.D. to Exeter Riverside N.Y. via Burngullow Junction along with 977986, 977985, 9708. Photo credit – Mark Simpson

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England’s 2nd Quietest Station

by on May.25, 2016, under Photo News

Great Western Railway single car 153333 (in 'Visit South Devon by train' vinyl livery) waits pointlessly for passengers at Coombe Junction Halt with the 2L85 14:25 Liskeard to Looe. Just 26 customers used the station between April 2014 and March 2015 but a specially organised group of over 100 on 14th May ensured Coombe will move up the charts this year. Photo credit - Mark Simpson

Great Western Railway single car 153333 (in ‘Visit South Devon by train’ vinyl livery) waits pointlessly for passengers at Coombe Junction Halt with the 2L85 14:25 Liskeard to Looe. Just 26 customers used the station between April 2014 and March 2015 but a specially organised group of over 100 on 14th May ensured Coombe will move up the charts this year. Photo credit – Mark Simpson

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