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Branch Line Society Charter

Published: 3rd December 2014

.....or The Train That Goes To Parts Of The Line That Other Trains Don't Reach. A brilliant sunny day on Saturday 29 November was the perfect backdrop for the Branch Line Society's second charter on the B&WR. 55 society members travelled to Cornwall, some from as far afield as Fort William, Stuttgart (Germany), Hull, Wigan and Derby to travel the length and breadth of the line in a brake van special, powered by four different diesel locomotives - 08 444, D3452, 33 110, and unusually Brian, the B&WR's Ruston Hornsby 0-4-0 diesel shunter, in what is believed to be its first ever passenger train in its 54 year history.
Rare track traversed included the inside of the carriage shed at Bodmin Parkway, all three sidings at Walker Lines, the depths of the steam shed at Bodmin General, kissing the buffers at the end of Barracks Siding, and cross-overs in the run round loops at Parkway, General and Boscarne.
Alert observers will note that the GWR Toad brake van is now allocated to Fowey rather than Penzance.

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