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  1. Here's some photos of Whitby taken on 27th August 1969 which you may find of interest. Chris Turnbull
  2. I took a few photos of Cromer at the Guildex show this last weekend so I thought it would be nice to post them here for you all to enjoy. Chris Turnbull
  3. Here's copies of the relevant pages of the Appendix to the Working Timetables for 1927 and 1947 showing speed limits for Trowse, Somerleyton and Reedhan swing bridges. 1927 Appendix swing bridge speeds.pdf 1947 Appendix swing bridge speeds.pdf Chris Turnbull
  4. Last Saturday (10th August) I thought I would go to Landguard Point and enjoy the waves crashing over the breakwater (this was the day of gale-force winds if you remember). As the tide was as low as I have ever seen it the waves were nowhere near the breakwater but it did allow me to see some remains I was unaware of. I have walked past this spot many times but had no idea that there was a narrow gauge mine-carrying tramway through the defensive walls of Landguard Fort ... ... and, turning round to face the sea, this is the remains of the pier for the narrow-gauge line. This is the jetty at Conservancy Quay from the seaward side that the Sky Arts camera crew were using in my previous post. How much is original I have no idea but I suspect that it is not much. The low tide also revealed the full extent of the breakwater at the seaward end of the Conservancy Quay tramway. It was a bit longer than I thought! It would be interesting to know how the shingle was dredged. Chris Turnbull
  5. Fascinating! I always wondered what the jetty south of the Fort was for and now I know. Here it is on 24th July 2018 being put to a new use by the Sky Arts camera crew filming the semi-final of Landscape Artist of the year. Chris Turnbull
  6. I use the mouse scroll wheel to change the resolution; my apologies for not pointing that out. The map in my first post was the 1904 map by which time the 1874 tramway along Carr Road had been dismantled. The link I gave in my third post was the 1881 map which does show the 1874 tramway although you may have to use the scroll wheel to see it. Chris Turnbull
  7. Yes, a comprehensive book on the railways of Felixstowe certainly seems overdue. I make it five tramways in addition to the standard gauge line plus the railway on the Town Pier and Felixstowe Miniature Steam Railway. Put me down for a copy! Chris Turnbull
  8. This is yet another of Felixstowe's long-lost railways! It is shown on the 1881 1:2500 map. https://www.old-maps.co.uk/#/Map/629204/233334/12/101302 As you can see, it ran from Beach Station Road along Carr Road to a terminus close to Felixstowe Pier station. Thank you for a great post containing much information of which I was not aware especially the line to Brackenbury Fort. Chris Turnbull
  9. Water columns and turntables were listed in the Appendix to the Working Timetables and this is the first page (of 22) from that for the Southern Area of the LNER from 17th October 1927. Water columns.pdf Whilst the majority were, as you would expect, in loco yards this was by no means universal. Stewart Ingram has already pointed out Ely which had a 55 feet turntable and numerous columns but no building whilst at Felixstowe, Town station had a turntable and column but no building whilst Beach had a proper loco shed and tank but no turntable, details thus: Water columns Ely and Felixstowe.pdf Interestingly Mildenhall had a turntable but no water supply and no building: Water columns Mildenhall.pdf You have a wide choice! Chris Turnbull
  10. Thank you so much for all your replies. I particularly like the photograph of the track in front of the old lighthouse. Next time I am down there I will try to remember to take a tape measure with me to get some idea of the track gauge. I don't think this tramway is anything to do with the railway for transporting mines as this line is shown to the north of, and separate from, my tramway and runs from a couple of buildings to a jetty as noted in the text. Similarly, the tramway for servicing the rifle ranges is also a separate system shown on the same map to the northeast (along the coastline). I rather like the idea that it was used for maintenance but please prove me wrong. Please keep the ideas coming. Chris Turnbull
  11. I have long been intrigued by the remains of the tramway at Landguard Point, Felixstowe as shown on this map: https://www.old-maps.co.uk/#/Map/628289/231420/12/100537 And here are three photos of its remains taken on 26th July. I have tried a Google search but have found little. Any information would be appreciated. Chris Turnbull
  12. I have posted all my scanned slides from the 60's, 70s and 80s and the newer stuff needs sorting out which I haven't got round to doing. I did, however, find these three photos of Whitby all taken on 27th August 1969 which I have never posted. If I find any more I'll post them here. Chris Turnbull
  13. My good friend and fellow East Anglia Group member, Nick Barlow, has sent me some of his photos for me to share with you. Please forgive the lack of detail in some of the captions as I'm not too sure exactly what some of the models are. A Class 47 powers along one one side of Hobson Central. The same loco rests in what is intended to be a gas steaming bay. This was newly laid and notices to that effect are not yet in evidence. In any case there were no gas-fired locos around that day so it did not matter. The Group's DMU rounds the curve from the station. And here 60163 rounds the same curve in the opposite direction. Yes. I know there's still a lot of scenic work to do but we are getting there albeit slowly! A reprobate services his 9F after a run. 60033 "Seagull". This was one of but three A4s I saw in revenue-earning service storming through St Neots shortly before Kings Cross shed closed. The next time I went to St Neots it had been dieselised. As I've said before, we are very broad church in the East Anglia Group. Here's something I have never seen and am unlikely to. Chris Turnbull
  14. Its nearly a month since I last updated you on Hobson Central so as last Wednesday was the second Wednesday in the month and therefore one of our regular running sessions I thought it a good opportunity to take some photos. Here's one end of the station throat with a selection of trains at the platforms. The eagle-eyed amongst you will notice that the ballasting has moved on apace and is looking good. Platforms are also complete and discussions are now underway on the buildings to be provided. The blackboard in the background is the running roster divided into into half-hour slots throughout the day. Select a time to suit you and off you go. If there are any failures or you wish to swap slots we talk to each other. This is very old-school but is most effective. A very nice 45xx rounds the curve having just passed under the footbridge over the track. A GW Hall stands at the platform with the group's rake of Gresley teaks. This must be an inter-regional working! Finally, a BR Standard Class 4 tank rounds the same curve in the opposite direction. Yes, they are Pennsylvania RR clerestory coaches in the siding behind. Chris Turnbull
  15. I well remember winding up the A1101 with my father and the rest of the family in the car. I say winding because the road did just that, crisscrossing the railway interminably, something that always intrigued me. If I saw a train, diesel-hauled by that time sadly, it was a red-letter day. Well done for catching the atmosphere so well. A great piece of modelling. Chris Turnbull
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