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 Posted: Sat Apr 1st, 2017 12:57 pm
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Today's final public running session theme was "Anything Goes".  It certainly did.  Rule 1 was stretched to the limit.  A selection of still pictures shows some of the action.  There are also video clips which take longer to upload and process.

Nothing very unusual about a Beattie well-tank at Ponsangwyn shed except that the gantry crane isn't usually there.  The shot has been set up to resemble views captured at Wadebridge shed in the final days of the well-tanks.



Likewise there's nothing particularly unusual about the class 03 shunter parked beside the goods shed other than the fact of it not being a very frequent visitor



Two GWR pannier tanks prepare to depart with the milk train.  The lead loco is one of those sold to London Transport and wears its smart maroon livery



Up at Treheligan station the St. Agnes branch was operated for a time by a Southern Region 2EPB unit which would normally require third-rail electric power.



Very unexpected was the use of an engineer's trolley to haul a parcel working.  Even more out of place was the Australian train waiting at Carreglyp Dries with a rake of open bogies wagons led by a GM-class loco in the short-lived Great Northern livery (no link to the former British company of that name and rather surprising because they were based in Melbourne - the most southerly mainland city) 



On the main line another Aussie loco, a 1952-built Victorian A-class, leads a rake of elderly carriages over Darras Viaduct. Loco and coaches are owned by friends and were visiting for the day. 



A star performer was Stephenson's Rocket also brought along by a friend.  The loco is a plastic Airfix kit which has been skilfully built to run freely and is pushed by a Black Beetle motor mounted beneath the carriage which is a Hornby item.



Rocket was unable to complete a circuit of the layout owing to issues with structure gauging!!!  It did however manage several trips up and down parts of the layout without such problems.



Perhaps the most unexpected visitor to run - and it ran perfectly - was a working model of a Melbourne W5-class tram.  Normally powered from the overhead this too must have been draining its batteries to run on a two-rail system!



Finally back at Ponsangwyn the West Country which spent several hours working hard on a freight train which will feature in the videos rested beside a class 22 and the well-tanks.  Somehow the gantry crane has managed to vanish and the shed is back to relative normality.




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My video clips are ready after an extended time uploading - there seems to have been a shortage of width in the band around here today.  That's the "superfast" NBN for you.

Firstly the daytime train on the St. Agnes branch which was formed of a pair of ex-LSWR coaches and worked by no fewer than three locomotives.  With two of the Beattie well-tanks in the yard the third was on the train with an A1X Terrier coupled inside.  At the other end was an Isle of Wight O2, No. 16 "Ventnor".  Not an everyday sight on the mainland let alone in "Cornwall"



As mentioned in the post above with the stills one of the Bulleid light Pacific fleet, WEst Country 34041 "Wilton" was assigned the freight which had been brought in the night before by the Garratt.  The Bulleid worked hard and ran for a couple of hours sometimes coping with the gradients - if only just - but here requiring a rear-end shove after stalling on Penhayle Bay's 1:50 reverse-curves.



One of the class 22s masquerades as its Scottish class 21 sister running in tandem (though not in multiple due to incompatible control systems) with a Scottish Region class 17 Clayton.  This working was christened the "McMilk" train.



A visiting class 25 and a mixed freight all of which looked suspiciously clean by Penhayle's standards!



Another most unexpected combination occurred when this Chinese steam locomotive was coupled to the old Australian carriage set and ran a few circuits.  



My own all-Lima train glimpsed above in the sidings took quite a run at the bank when let loose on the main line.  For a loco which hasn't turned a wheel in 12 years this ran rather well.  Both loco and wagons are Australian.



That remarkable Airfix kit Rocket seen in action and pushed by the Black Beetle-powered coach.  To build that kit so well and able to run freely on a layout required skill indeed.  This was also something of a crossed-finger moment as neither had ever been run before.  



Visiting Crompton 33111 races downhill with the direct mails from Llanbourne, a friend's layout, to west Cornwall and is passed by a pair of Penhayle's own 37s working hard uphill with a heavy train of china clay.



The Melbourne tram in action.  Despite the protruding step-boards she managed to run perfectly without fouling any of the lineside structures.  I'm not sure what the power unit is but it's not exactly quiet.



This class 25 was another visitor from Llanbourne and had charge of a mixed rake of engineer's hoppers some of which are kit builds.



The two GWR pannier-tanks took over the milk train from the Scottish Region diesels and are seen in a late-night movement coming off the down loop towards Treheligan station.  This train usually has a GWR Hawksworth brake van on the rear but for this occasion featured an LMS design brake instead



And finally the train which started it all in more ways than one.  The Powerline coaches and generic "Bulldog" locomotive are intended to resemble regional passenger trains used in the State of Victoria.  Some of the "S-cars" remain in traffic to this day though the tangerine livery is long gone.  This set, with an oval of track, was presented to me a few weeks after we moved to the house 14 years ago and ran around the dining table on an oval of track for want of anywhere else.  "Anywhere else" became Penhayle Bay.  The formal opening of the layout featured a shiny new Bulleid light Pacific with a ribbon to be broken upon its departure.  While the opening speeches were in progress I slyly ran the orange train in from the other direction, unseen until the last moment, whence it broke the tape ahead of the Bulleid while the onlookers gasped in astonishment.   The S-set has seen very little use since the layout was built but will be kept on as historically significant.



So the final open-house at Penhayle Bay has taken place.  It isn't quite the end.  The originally-advertised closure date of 17th April, Easter Monday, will be honoured for the benefit of those taking their holidays by train.  In the tradition of these things a number of "Farewell" specials is due over the next few days.  And the very last trains will be recorded for posterity before this topic is then closed.



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Easter at Penhayle Bay has often brought a crop of special workings.  Despite its imminent closure today has been no exception.

The demolition of some buildings at Treheligan have given it a rather bare appearance but have opened up a better view of the branch bay platform.  The DMU pair seen in some photos above remained on duty first thing today



A class 52 Western gets the road up from Ponsangwyn to the Down Loop alongside the main line



It wasn't too long before the first of the day's specials appeared.  A Pullman dining train led by an as-built West Country light Pacific



The Southdown coach in the parking area is also a visitor and is down from Portsmouth



The 2-car DMU returned from its trip to St. Agnes and crossed to the Up Main rather than retiring to the bay platform



Its place was taken by a single class 153 car in black Cornish promotional livery.  Would this be big enough for the holiday crowds on this seaside branch?



Shortly afterwards an enthusiasts' charter formed of a 6-car DMU also crossed over to take the branch for a farewell trip.



The special ran through Treheligan station having crossed from Down to Up tracks and then onto the branch.  



One last special was a 2-car class 171 diesel unit in Southern livery and a long way from its usual home on the Brighton - Ashford "Marshlink" line



The Western handled the china clay train with the usual ease seen here coasting down through the woods



With no turntable available for the West Country the steam special was returned by an S15 which seems to be having too easy a time of it on Penhayle Bay's 1:37 bank



Definitely not enough smoke for the task at hand.  Something must be amiss



What ever was amiss at the front all the work was being done by a class 66 at the back!



Yinging its way around the curves and up the hill the "shed" pushed the ailing steamer clear as quickly as it could



The Bulleid returned in the block behind running tender-first



The railtour also powered up the hill into the lowering sun and bade farewell to the surf beach and sand dunes of Penhayle Bay



And the branch 2-car DMU set also left for up-country never to be seen again in these parts but leaving a lasting impression in the sun's glow



For at least one whole generation nothing said "Cornwall" louder than a grimy Western leading a rake of blue-hooded china clay wagons.  The train exits the Down Loop, snakes beneath Treheligan station bridge in a move always popular with visitors, and enters the Down Platform Loop.



And finally the clays ease back for the downhill approach and reverse-curves at Penhayle Bay, disappearing into the distance as the surf rolls in far below, the gulls cry and the distant sound of voices from beach and clifftops merge with the rustle of evening air.



The last trains run tomorrow.  Some changes have already taken place.  One final picture-post will record their departure and the final "ring out" of the signalmen as the line closes for ever.




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Quite emotional Rick and such a shame that Penhayle is coming to an end.On the plus side,plenty of nice sharp photos for the puzzle.Thanks for the journey. :cry: :cry: :cry:



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Easter Monday, 17th April, would have been Dad's 89th birthday has he lived a few more weeks.  It was also the date, set some time ago, upon which the last trains ran on the Penhayle Bay Railway.

In the morning there was a steady trickle of passengers some of whom seemed shocked at the state Treheligan station had been left in



With the down tracks closed and the loop lifted most signals on the down side were marked out of use; only the route to the right across the diamond into the up platform remained available



The footbridge remained but was fenced off on the up side to prevent unauthorised access to the now-closed down side.



The hoods make their way slowly across the diamond to loop through the up platform .....



..... before regaining the down road at the far end of the station.  As can be seen this has always been a permitted and signalled move.



The wreckers had certainly been at work; more signals out of use pending removal with rusted and torn up tracks.



The clays ease over the western end crossover to regain double track



For its last day of operation the St. Agnes branch was worked by the black-liveried Cornish promotional class 153 car, passing the glimpse of angry seas one last time



And giving some idea of just how steep this gradient is.  The branch was an afterthought and the need to have it clear the fiddle yard access tracks hadn't been thought through properly when the gradient went it.



Waiting for the board to drop and move on into the platform; the weathering applied to the 153 is apparent in this light.



There were still a few passengers for the branch trains right to the end.



Most down trains were replaced by buses in order to have all rolling stock cleared from the end of the line by closure; there's always one idiot who thinks bus stops are free car parks.



The final collection of vans was in the hands of a red-livery class 47



The reds of the train stood out against the sand dunes and sea of Penhayle Bay



One last time a blue Western led the hoods above the beach, around the reverse-curves and through Penhayle Bay



The final train from Ponsangwyn, where the shed was already deserted, was the empty milk tanks off to maybe a new working or perhaps a scrapyard.  Warship 812 "Royal Naval Reserve" was in charge.



Surprisingly the yard lighting was still working which allowed the weathering and the cast nameplate to be shown off.  It's actually a Fox etch.



A single class 37 was rostered to work the final up clay tanks, seen here on a downhill stretch across Darras Viaduct but no doubt providing a fair amount of thrash when working uphill.  This train is usually a two-engine load.



A group of mourners had gathered at Penhayle Bay later in the day as the class 22 struggles gamely with a long freight against a steep climb.  Again the need to remove motive power before the end resulted in an under-powered train instead of a double-header



The very last down train of all pulls away from Treheligan .....



..... only to be brought to an ignominious halt at the section signal.  Perhaps someone was having a laugh as there hadn't been anything in front for hours.



With the road cleared there was one last opportunity to frame a train beneath Church Lane bridge amid the gorse and greenery



The divisional inspection saloon conveyed some senior managers over the lines about to be closed including making a trip to St. Agnes worked by 66511, here seen pushing the saloon back to the main line.



The photographers who have patiently waited for and recorded trains from the hillside at Darras all these years finally moved down to Treheligan station to record the very last trains.  The maroon Western is back from Penzance for the final time.  It's best not to ask how those lads got access to the closed platform!



Even into the evening there were still a few passengers about though the numbers had been dwindling all day.  



The inspection saloon passes through Penhayle Bay where the gradient post shows the climb steepening from 1:50 to 1:37



Towards nightfall the very last shunt of clay wagons took place at Carreglyb; the duty 08 draws back one half of the train from No.2 (loading) Siding



towards Treheligan station



This half is then propelled forwards to be joined to the other half n No.1 Siding.  Weathering work again in evidence on the Hornby shunter and Bachmann wagon.



The shunter withdraws from the section; until recently it would have trundled off to the loco run-round loop alongside the St. Agnes bay platform but with that also now closed the move was simply to the branch itself and sit outside the signal to release the block on the main line



The final departure from the clay dries was thus ready and led away by a green Warship



One last time a string of short wheelbase clay wagons was seen threading the curves above Penhayle Bay



Onwards and upwards to Nansglaw Tunnel



The shunter followed as soon as the road was clear.  



Not one bus on the bridge but two.  Just in case a crowd turned out for the very end.  But both seem to be empty.



The St. Agnes unit returned up-country pausing in front of the mourners



One last loco-hauled train came up through Cornwall featuring a large-logo blue class 50 in a scene which typified the Cornish main line for some years



The final loco-hauled working on the line



Honour of being the very last train fell to a humble 2-car DMU calling at all stations to Exeter and "sweeping up" the very last passengers from Penhayle Bay.  At least it seems to be decently loaded.



The final station stop; the last train from Penhayle Bay



Waved away by a couple of saddened locals








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The last video.

Featuring a trio of typically Cornish trains including the very last to run on the Penhayle Bay Railway.

https://youtu.be/zY7Axg-Ph1E

Thank you, one and all, for the interest, support, friendship, comments, learning and everything which this layout has brought.  With well over 10,000 Facebook followers in addition to being featured on three modelling forums it has proved far more popular and enduring than I ever expected.

Life moves on.  I am moving on.  A new project will emerge in the future.  I hope you will be around to share that with me too.



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Its been a pleaseure following Penhayle Bay, it has given me plenty of inspiration for my own large layout.

Well deserved applause for a cracking layout

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Thanks for the stories, enjoyment and inspiration that Penhayle Bay has provided.  I often browse from the beginning and always spot new things I haven't seen before.

All the best for the future

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