St Blazey turntable is back – but ‘Duchess’ use prohibited

STEAM tours into Cornwall are feasible again with the revival of fortunes of the turntable at St Blazey, Par.

The 65ft table has been in and out of use over the past couple of years, but a Railway Heritage Trust and Railway Touring Company-funded initiative enabled it to be repaired by Cambrian Transport and volunteers from the Bodmin & Wenford Railway.

No. 46233 Duchess of Sutherland crests Dainton bank, with steam to spare on August 7, with the westbound ‘Royal Duchy’. STEPHEN GINN
No. 46233 Duchess of Sutherland crests Dainton bank, with steam to spare on August 7, with the westbound ‘Royal Duchy’. STEPHEN GINN

Its recommissioning means that steam engines can be reversed in Cornwall, without having to return to Plymouth to make use of the ‘triangle’ near Laira.

The DB Schenker-owned turntable was brought back into use in time for ‘Princess Coronation’ Pacific Duchess of Sutherland to be turned during the layover of the August 7 ‘Royal Duchy’.

Read more in September’s issue of The RM

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