Three past midnight

Three past midnight

Penzance-bound "Night Riviera" rips through Hanwell at three minutes past midnight. 

Quiet corridor

Quiet corridor

FG 10616 Mk 3a SLEP (sleeper with pantry), "Carriage G" on Paddington-Penzance "Night Riviera."

Speeding though Slough

Speeding though Slough

"Night Riviera" speeds through Slough at 00:14.

Semaphores at sunrise

Semaphores at sunrise

1C99, the London Paddington to Penzance "Night Riviera" calls at Bodmin Parkway.

Lostwithiel

Lostwithiel

1C99, the London Paddington to Penzance "Night Riviera" glides through Lostwithiel.

Redruth

Redruth

Eastbound HST dives into a tunnel at Redruth as the Night Riviera emerges.

Good morning Camborne

Good morning Camborne

View from the Night Riviera near Camborne

Chasing shadows

Chasing shadows

Paddington-Penzance "Night Riviera" chases its shadow west of Camborne.

Looking back

Looking back

View from the vestibule of 10616, last car on the Paddington-Penzance "Night Riviera" west of Camborne.

Low tide at Hayle

Low tide at Hayle

Hayle  from the Paddington-Penzance "Night Riviera"

Penzance

Penzance

FG 10616 on the rear of the "Night Riviera" at Penzance.

Penzance by morning 2

Penzance by morning 2

Class 57/6 57603 "Tintagel Castle" and Mk 3B AE1H Open Brake First No. 17175 in from Paddington on the "Night Riviera."

Leaving Par

Leaving Par

CrossCountry 220013 departing Par with the 1M49 Penzance to Manchester Piccadilly service.

Par semaphore 1

Par semaphore 1

Semaphore signal at east end of platform Par station

Par semaphore 2

Par semaphore 2

Semaphore signal at east end of platform Par station

Newquay Super Sprinter

Newquay Super Sprinter

Class 153 Super Sprinter 153369 arriving from Newquay with 2N03 1013 Newquay to Par service.

Semaphore and disc

Semaphore and disc

Semaphore signals, Par station.

LD

LD

LD signal box, Liskeard

Sprinter at LD

Sprinter at LD

Class 150/2 Sprinter 150234 passes LD signal box at Liskeardwith the 2C45 1018 Exeter St Davids to Penzance service.

Looe Branch station

Looe Branch station

Detail, Looe Branch station, Lisekard

Pickets

Pickets

Picket fence, Liskeard station

Great Western legacy

Great Western legacy

Centre-pivot semaphore, Liskeard station

Shadows of history

Shadows of history

Centre-pivot semaphore, Liskeard station

Trains to Looe

Trains to Looe

Class 153 Super Sprinter 153305 arrives at Liskeard station with the 2L80 1143 Looe to Liskeard service.

Low tide

Low tide

South of Sandplace aboard Class 153 Super Sprinter 153305 en route to Looe

All off at Looe

All off at Looe

Class 153 Super Sprinter 153305 at Looe station with the 2L81, 1216 Liskeard to Looe service. 

Looe at low tide

Looe at low tide

Looe

Lunch

Lunch

Takeaway from The Pasty Shop for a riverside lunch

Lunch 2

Lunch 2

Pastys on the waterfront

On the beach

On the beach

Looe

St. Mary's church, Looe

St. Mary's church, Looe

St. Mary's church, Looe, dedicated 1259

Waiting for the train

Waiting for the train

Pints at the Globe Inn, Looe

Boarding for Liskeard

Boarding for Liskeard

Class 153 Super Sprinter 153305 with the 2L86 Looe to Liskeard service boarding passengers at Looe.

LD and hydrangeas

LD and hydrangeas

LD signal box, Liskeard

Traces of Great Western

Traces of Great Western

Station platform at Liskeard

The Royal Duchy

The Royal Duchy

Class 43 HST No. 43070 "The Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers" pauses beside semaphores as the Paddington-Penzance "Royal Duchy" makes its station stop at St. Erth.

West Country semaphores

West Country semaphores

St. Erth

Sprinting in from St. Ives

Sprinting in from St. Ives

Class 150/1 Sprinter 150101 and Class 150/2 150202 arriving with 2A40 1731 St. Ives to St. Erth service. 

Lelant Saltings

Lelant Saltings

View from Class 150/2 Sprinter 150202 working the 2A41 1748 St. Erth to St. Ives service.

Sprinter and palms

Sprinter and palms

Class 150/2 Sprinter 150202 ready to depart St. Ives for St. Erth.

St. Ia

St. Ia

Consecrated in 1434, St. Ia parish church presides over St. Ives

Smeaton's Pier

Smeaton's Pier

St. Ives harbour from The Terrace

Godrevy

Godrevy

Godrevy Lighthouse, St. Ives Bay

Beach running

Beach running

Sprinters 150202 and 150101 arriving St. Erth with 2A43 1818 St. Erth to St. Ives service.

St. Erth station

St. Erth station

Class 150 Sprinters 150101 and 150202 with the 2A46 1905 St. Ives to St. Erth service.

St. Erth semaphore

St. Erth semaphore

Westward signal off for the next train to Penzance.

Twilight, St. Erth

Twilight, St. Erth

Waiting for the train to Penzance

Simultaneous arrivals

Simultaneous arrivals

Class 150/2 Sprinter No. 150234 brakes to a stop with the 2P95 1916 Penzance to Plymouth service as Class 43 HST No. 43042 pulls into St. Erth with the Paddington-Penzance 1C84.

Arrivals and departures

Arrivals and departures

Class 153 Super Sprinter 153377 and  CrossCountry 221121 (arrival ex 1V58 0900 Glasgow Central to Penzance) rest on Platform 3 while the 2145 Penzance to London Paddington "Night Riviera" awaits passengers on Platform 1 at Penzance.

Full moon at Penzance

Full moon at Penzance

CrossCountry SuperVoyager 221121 rests under the full moon at Penzance after arriving from Glasgow.

Platform 1

Platform 1

Mk 3a SLEP (sleeper with pantry) 10616 on the Penzance-Paddington "Night Riviera," Platform 1 Penzance.

Passage to Paddington

Passage to Paddington

Berth 5/6, carriage "G" (FG 10616) on the Penzance-Paddington "Night Riviera."

Full moon at Penzance 2

Full moon at Penzance 2

CrossCountry SuperVoyager 221121 rests under the full moon at Penzance as a First Great Western HST arrives from Paddington.

Great Western revival

Great Western revival

Detail, GWR rebranded Class 57/6 57603 "Tintagel Castle" waiting to depart Penzance for Paddington with the "Night Riviera."

Night Riviera

Night Riviera

GWR rebranded Class 57/6 57603 "Tintagel Castle" waiting to depart Penzance for Paddington with the "Night Riviera."

On time

On time

Getting underway at the stroke of its timetabled 21:45 departure time, Class 57/6 57603 "Tintagel Castle" accelerates the "Night Riviera" away from Penzance station. The train will make Paddington well before dawn.