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Devon Group trip to St Ives Wednesday 26th June.

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A good turnout of 9 members enjoyed a long day out on trains from Barnstaple to Exeter, then all the way to St Erth for St Ives.

1. From Exeter we managed to find adjacent tables in the Class 802 IET.

2. At St Ives, the group pose by the branch lines Class 150.

3. The St Ives Bay line is very busy with visitors using the Park and Ride now at St Erth, that 2 x Class 150s are used daily.

4. Lunch at the St Ives Wetherspoons, then a stroll to view the harbour.....

5. St Ives harbour.

6. Thursday gang regulars; Dave Drayson, Graham Rust and Dave Pratt pose for the camera!

7. There are still some GWR style lower quadrant signals in Cornwall. This bracket signal as St Erth is the up-starter for the main line to Hayle and the branch to the left.

8. Our first train back was this refurbished 'Castle Class' GWR short HST set from St Erth. Despite the end of long distance HSTs to London recently, these short sets have been introduced on the Cornish Main Line with an increased frequency and many more seats than the 2 car 150s they replace.

9. Graham and Dave again enjoying the refurbished seating in this quiet coach of the Castle HST.

10. Another advert for GWR is these giant deckchairs at most Cornish Main Line stations. The L&BRs former Catering Manager Judy Williams and partner Chris Bull came back especially for this trip sample a brief relaxing pose at St Austell Station prior to our train home.

Despite a delay at St Austell due to a points problems at Par, we ran direct to Exeter in time for another quick drink at the GW Hotel, before the last (21:00) train home back to Barnstaple on time.

Next trips:

31st July - Newquay
7 August - Launceston Steam Railway to see Darjeeling locomotive (car trip TBA)
Sunday18 August - Okehampton and Meldon Viaduct.

All welcome contact Nigel Thompson for further details.

Words and photos by Nigel Thompson.


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