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« on: April 20, 2019, 07:21:28 am »

Had some glorious spring weather when I visited the Bodmin & Wenford Railway this week.

An early train to Bodmin Parkway and a short bus ride got me to Bodmin General an hour or so before the first train of the day.

The line operates over two branches - one to Boscarne Junction and the other to a platform at Bodmin Parkway station.  The service runs top and tailed - on the day I visited there was steam on one end (Bagnall 'Austerity' 75178) and a class 33 at the other.





Before setting off to Boscarne Junction I met up with member SandTEngineer who very kindly showed me around Bodmin General Signalbox.  The frame has all but two of the levers in use - and there are plans for those two!





An enjoyable ride along both branches brought me to Bodmin Parkway in perfect time to catch my mainline connection.



and my thanks to SandTEngineer showing me around when he already had plenty of other jobs to do!

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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2019, 07:44:15 am »

Nice piece on Cornwall Live this morning ...

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Behind the scenes at historic Bodmin & Wenford Railway

I am always too much of a pedant for my own good - will anyone else spot the picture of a pile of coal labelled "Welsh coal powers the steam trains on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway" ... but with a locomotive numbered 50 042 just behind it which , I suspect, would choke if fed this sort of fuel!
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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2019, 11:51:30 am »

I am always too much of a pedant for my own good -
That's nothing.  In the second picture of the original post, the platform starting signal is "off".  But when we see inside the box, lever number 1 (the left-hand-most red one under the cloth in the third picture) is back in the frame. Grin
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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2019, 02:57:50 pm »

I am always too much of a pedant for my own good -
That's nothing.  In the second picture of the original post, the platform starting signal is "off".  But when we see inside the box, lever number 1 (the left-hand-most red one under the cloth in the third picture) is back in the frame. Grin

I'll let you know tomorrow evening if the interlocking is working as it should, as I'm undertaking a full 5-yearly test of the lever frame all day Grin
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« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2019, 07:34:05 am »

I am always too much of a pedant for my own good -
That's nothing.  In the second picture of the original post, the platform starting signal is "off".  But when we see inside the box, lever number 1 (the left-hand-most red one under the cloth in the third picture) is back in the frame. Grin

I'll let you know tomorrow evening if the interlocking is working as it should, as I'm undertaking a full 5-yearly test of the lever frame all day Grin

Testing completed successfully Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2019, 04:52:00 pm »

Its been quite a long time since Bobm visited us.  Since then, construction of the Bodmin General new Platform No.2 has progressed somewhat, and the signalling alterations being designed and the first stage implemented:


Photograph Copyright 2019 - Roger Winnen
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« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2019, 07:10:37 pm »

Will have to put it on my list for 2020! 
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« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2020, 01:56:34 pm »

For sale - 33 110 by the Bodmin and Wenford Railway

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The locomotive has been working regular passenger trains on the line up to and including our Santa trains in December 2019. It has been very reliable and an economic locomotive to use in a heritage setting. The sale is only offered as a result of having 47306 return to service and there being no requirement for 33110 in the medium term at Bodmin.

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BIDS: Bids should be submitted by 12 noon on 29th February 2020

Being offloaded because they have something better.  Hope it finds a destination that is truly a home.
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« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2020, 07:21:22 pm »

This was the new Bodmin General Platform No.2 with its edge coping stones being added in early March 2020.  The original plan was to have it completed by end of March 2020.  The crossover in the platforms is now controlled from the signalbox as it was in GWR/BR-WR days, but the associated disc signals haven't been installed yet.


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« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2020, 07:47:25 am »

Super to see the progress that's been made. Thanks, SandTEngineer. Is the track on the far side of the new platform aligned so that Bodmin General now has three platforms, even though the photo suggests that it is to be used primarily as a siding (as before).
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« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2020, 08:26:31 am »

Super to see the progress that's been made. Thanks, SandTEngineer. Is the track on the far side of the new platform aligned so that Bodmin General now has three platforms, even though the photo suggests that it is to be used primarily as a siding (as before).

The new Platform No.2 will be fenced at the rear (its too narrow to meet the ORR requirements for an island platform).  It was going to be GWR style 'spear fencing' but thats not allowed on safety grounds, so it will be a rounded top design, but will still look similar to the former!  The siding was refurbished, reballasted and realigned slightly as part of the work.  I've got a 'work in progress' photograph showing that somewhere, and when I find it I'll put it on here.

Next signalling stage is to get the crossover disc signals installed and commissioned, but who knows when at the moment.....
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« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2020, 09:52:51 am »

Super to see the progress that's been made. Thanks, SandTEngineer. Is the track on the far side of the new platform aligned so that Bodmin General now has three platforms, even though the photo suggests that it is to be used primarily as a siding (as before).

The new Platform No.2 will be fenced at the rear (its too narrow to meet the ORR requirements for an island platform).  It was going to be GWR style 'spear fencing' but thats not allowed on safety grounds, so it will be a rounded top design, but will still look similar to the former!  The siding was refurbished, reballasted and realigned slightly as part of the work.  I've got a 'work in progress' photograph showing that somewhere, and when I find it I'll put it on here.

Next signalling stage is to get the crossover disc signals installed and commissioned, but who knows when at the moment.....

Thanks. In the photo it looks too slim for two faces. It looks great and totally in-keeping with what is a gem of a station. Well done to all involved.
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« Reply #12 on: April 08, 2020, 11:45:03 am »

I'm intrigued by the fencing not being allowed on safety grounds. Has someone misunderstood the reference to spears and thinks it has sharp edges? Surely it can't just be that it would be dangerous to climb (someone might slip and impale themselves, heaven forfend!) as that would rule out Network Rail's palisade fences, barbed wire etc.
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« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2020, 12:18:52 pm »

Super to see the progress that's been made. Thanks, SandTEngineer. Is the track on the far side of the new platform aligned so that Bodmin General now has three platforms, even though the photo suggests that it is to be used primarily as a siding (as before).

The new Platform No.2 will be fenced at the rear (its too narrow to meet the ORR requirements for an island platform).  It was going to be GWR style 'spear fencing' but thats not allowed on safety grounds, so it will be a rounded top design, but will still look similar to the former!  The siding was refurbished, reballasted and realigned slightly as part of the work.  I've got a 'work in progress' photograph showing that somewhere, and when I find it I'll put it on here.

Next signalling stage is to get the crossover disc signals installed and commissioned, but who knows when at the moment.....

Thanks. In the photo it looks too slim for two faces. It looks great and totally in-keeping with what is a gem of a station. Well done to all involved.

Yes, when you look at the random stone facing you will think the platform was there from the opening of the original railway.  They have done a brilliant job on it all.  Just needs me and a few others to get on with the signalling work now so that we can get it all into operation..... Grin
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« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2020, 12:25:46 pm »

I'm intrigued by the fencing not being allowed on safety grounds. Has someone misunderstood the reference to spears and thinks it has sharp edges? Surely it can't just be that it would be dangerous to climb (someone might slip and impale themselves, heaven forfend!) as that would rule out Network Rail's palisade fences, barbed wire etc.

Think you would be better asking the ORR..... Tongue
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