21 May 2008

Last train from Cattedown

Back on the 13th May I posted that the last train was soon to leave Cattedown. It was actually the 16th May as a visitor to the blog posted:

I'm one of the last two remaining staff at the bitumen plant..there was only 4 of us!! Our last train was yesterday (Friday 16/5/08) which came in at 6am to take the empties from our last delivery. Indeed it is a very sad day and ive enjoyed every minute of the last 10 years I've spent there. The site officially closes on the 30th June 08 and will be decommissioned by the 31st July. Another piece of Plymouth railway and industrial history lost forever

Last train from Cattedown

© Matthew Carey - used with permission

Thanks to Matthew Carey we have a pictorial record of this event.

09101 hauled the very last train out of Cattedown Wharfs leaving at 0627 with the empty bitumen tanks. With the Esso plant closing down within the next few months this was the last train to enter and leave the wharf. All pictures on private property were taken with permission.

The rest of his photos from the morning can be found on his fotopic collection here

1 comment:

  1. As well as a pictorial record, a short 16mm film was also taken of the last train.


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