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Written by Robert Dingle - 04 Oct 2004
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Location notes
St. Blazey Depot is the only major freight depot south-west of Exeter. It is situated on the Great Western main line at Par. The nearest town(s) are St. Blazey, Par and St. Austell is about 5 miles away and Lostwithiel is about 4 miles away.
Railway type and traffic
The depot is used by DB Schenker and Wessex Trains. In St. Blazey depot you can usually find 4 or 5 DB Schenker class 66s on a good day i.e: a weekend when the locos are not working. In the can be seen the usual 08/09s doing theirs duties in the yard.
The line also carries the Newqay branch traffic.
St. Blazey is a relatively quiet rural area.
Road directions
Travel to St. Blazey either from Bodmin or Lostwithiel or from St. Austell on the A390, this will take you to the main street in St. Blazey. From either end you should come to a set of traffic lights by a church. Opposite the church is a fish and chips shop called T-Lights take this road which is called Station Road, travel along this road and at the end you should see a level crossing, if you take that road you will find Par Station. But if want St. Blazey Depot follow the road to the right and then to the left, a bus depot should be on your right with the railway yard on your left. Keep on this road and you should find two entrances to your left, do not go in the first one this is for the depot, go in the second entrance which will take you into the Roundhouse industrial estate, park now!! DO NOT park in by the turntable because this is NO PARKING ZONE, by all means walk in by the roundhouse and the turntable should be inside the fence.

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St. Blazey Depot map co-ordinates
For the Station park in the free station car park.
For the depot park in the large area of gravel before the round house.
Public transport
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There are toilets at Par Station but they shut at around 4-5 o'clock. There is a pub by the gated level crossing and an INN by the station. There is also a good chip shop Vals Place on the one-way system if you turn left and go over the gated crossing then under the Great Western Mainline and around the corner on your left.
There is an inn at Par Station which has good accommodation.
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St. Blazey Depot

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Photographic notes

General views - All photographs © Robert Dingle unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Depot view 1

Fig 1 - Depot view 1

A view of the depot with the turntable infront of the 37.47306 in the background.

Fig 2 - Depot view 2

Fig 2 - Depot view 2

37669 + 37670 on the stabling point in the depot area.

Fig 3 - Depot view 3

Fig 3 - Depot view 3

37670 on the stabling point.

Fig 4 - Looking north east - Photo by Albert Dawson

Fig 4 - Looking north east - <i>Photo by Albert Dawson</i>

Fig 5 - Looking north east - Photo by Albert Dawson

Fig 5 - Looking north east - <i>Photo by Albert Dawson</i>

Seen from the foot path a train deprts the depot and heads towards the main line.

Fig 6 - Looking south west - Photo by Albert Dawson

Fig 6 - Looking south west - <i>Photo by Albert Dawson</i>

Seen from the foot path a train deprts the depot and heads towards the main line.

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