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Bodmin and Wenford General Discussion

Discussion in 'Heritage Railways & Centres in the UK' started by King of Prussia, Oct 19, 2017.

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  1. NevilleKing

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    The B&W is looking for a full-time commercial manager - deadline for applications has been extended to 14 December.

    Details are here:
    https://jobs.unlocking-potential.co.uk/job/commercial-manager-4221.htm
     
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    The Bodmin & Wenford Railway is also asking for donations to help them during this epidemic like a lot of other railways. They've set up an online donations page, with more details on their website here:

    https://bodminrailway.co.uk/all/help-us-get-back-on-track/

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    On a positive note the most noticeable part of the Platform 2 project, i.e. building the platform , was nearly completed before lockdown.
     
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    Can I ask what the thinking is behind the second platform?

    It says on the website that it would allow more frequent departures - easing congestion and peak periods for the café, shop and platform facilities..

    I always thought if running two trains, why not just run a train per branch? As each branch is similar in length/time, train times could be at a regular interval from the general, with the same times alternating between trains leaving Jcn and Parkway.

    I assume with a second platform the idea is to have both trains in the station at the same time and crossing over onto the different branchlines?
     
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    I think it would take longer to go to the mainline than boscarne junction so the train would be forced at boscarne for a very long time and it’s not very good at that end and the passengers would not come back again. If there is 2 platforms that train could go a lot more times.
     
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    It's only an extra half a mile, no more than a couple of minutes or so at line-speed.
     
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    Well trains wouldn't need to leave at the exact same times.

    At the moment on two train days one leaves general and the other arrives 10mins later.
     
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    Maybe it’s useful for stabling things like dining trains, charters etc, although you could run trains down each branch this offers more flexibility.
     
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    Or just making a two train service easier to manage?
     
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    Yes there is that as well...
     
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    I have put the original question to an informed source who tells me that after exploring and trialling all other options only a second platform gives the required flexibility to allow the practical operation of two trains and provide a service that the public can understand. The BWR is one of the unfortunate heritage railways that goes from nowhere in particular to nowhere at all therefore the public arrive en-masse only in the school holidays and between 10.30 and 14.30. This often results in severe overcrowding not only on the train but also at Bodmin General. The issue is further complicated by intending travellers having to join the train in the middle of the railway, severe gradients , curves and short platforms that limit train length to four coaches ( or five with assistance or if the 42xx is available ) and the lack of foresight on the part of the GWR for building such a small station in the first place!

    The plan extends to the provision of an additional crossover and signalling to allow access to the Boscarne line from either platform at Bodmin General. Part of the funding has been provided by Cornwall Council that has an aspiration to encourage better services between Bodmin Parkway and Bodmin General. However, given the current circumstances, there are more unknowns than knowns.
     
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    Last time I was there I asked why the scheduling is so unfriendly if you are arriving my mainline train. Don't think there was a single reason why more like a lot of things that were not going to happen. Seems to me this is important and should be sorted because you can get a discount ticket on both trains (real and preserved) in Devon and Cornwall. Bringing people into town surely should be important to the council. I live locally and would visit more often if I could arrive by train and get in a full day of visiting not just a few hours.
     
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    I can understand why they'd want to loan out locos if they aren't running but I doubt many would want to hire locos in this current climate, and especially not those based in Cornwall.
     
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    Maybe they will not find anyone who wants to hire their locomotives, but it makes sense to advertise their availability. Two delightful panniers which many folk would like to see running.
     
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    In a first step towards something approaching normality, pannier 6435 had a steam test yesterday after an unexpectedly long period of maintenance. Repairs to the boiler included replacement of several rows of crown stays, building up of lap seams, replacing the flue tubes, replacing lap rivets with patch screws and major replating of the ashpan plus a few odds and ends in the smokebox.
     
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    Good to see steam coming back to life in Bodmin. Will this recent work make the 10 year overhaul from 2022 relatively "easy?" Not that any overhaul on a loco is easy...

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