St Blazey turntable back in use

Specialist railway engineers Gloucestershire-based Cambrian Transport Limited, has led a project to restore the St Blazey turntable to working order.

The Duchess is a tight fit on St Blazey turntable. CLASSIC TRACTION
The Duchess is a tight fit on St Blazey turntable. CLASSIC TRACTION

Assisted by volunteers from the Bodmin & Wenford Railway, Cambrian Transport completed the work in time to receive Stanier 4-6-2 No. 46233 Duchess of Sutherland after the engine had worked the Railway Touring Company’s history-making ‘Royal Duchy’ from Bristol to Par on Sunday, August 7.

Being the only member of its class ever to work into Cornwall, for its 74ft length and weight made a tight fit on the 65ft table, which was just able to cope with the 4-6-2’s wheelbase.

Read more in the latest issue of Heritage Railway

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