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  1. There was a dual gauge (broad and standard) turntable in Devonport Dockyard until rescued by the GWS and is now at Didcot, but restored in bg only. The dual track was in one direction only, by adding sg after 1892, to allow the table to be repurposed once bg had been discontinued. All tracks were central on the axis. Full details here: http://www.gwsbristol.org/gwsturntable.html
  2. Timetable World link: https://timetableworld.com/index.php
  3. This might be useful: “Plan of Broad Street Station and property adjoining (Lower Level) 1905” RAIL 529/90 at TNA. But you’d need to visit Kew to see it. RAIL 529/91 is the upper level Paul
  4. Thanks Engineer for the Britain from Above image. I can see the office window where I worked!! Paul
  5. I don’t recall street level tracks across Worship Street. The Pindar and Primrose Street crossings were under the viaduct so won’t show on OS maps. Might there be some railway drawings in NRM or TNA? Paul
  6. I worked in Worship Street from 1966 to 1970. The container yard with it’s overhead gantry crane was in use in the early years but I cannot recall a closure date. I remember the Scammel three-wheeler road trucks delivering the containers. Also the yard workers riding on the top of the containers being hoisted from the high level rail wagon down to ground level. The ground level lines parallel to Appold Street were OOU at the time I was there. These went through timber solid gates where they crossed Pindar and Primrose Streets, and I never saw them opened. A bit of an industrial waste land at the time with derelict warehouses,etc. A long time ago in a very different world….sigh! Paul
  7. There’s a report explaining what’s going on with photo’s on todays news on the CRS website: http://www.cornwallrailwaysociety.org.uk/latest-input--news--old-pictures-etc Scroll down to the 6 September section.
  8. However it still maintains some control by various caveats. I have worked for one in this position.
  9. Gosh, that’s a lot of hypotheticals! I will not deal with Scottish Independence here. However as far as our nuclear submarines are concerned, there is a world of difference between base porting of vessels and refit/upkeep/decommissioning. The latter will be at Devonport (full stop) and hence the transfer of contaminated waste to storage (currently Sellafield), will continue by rail.
  10. Photographs, video and working details of flask trains passing Totnes are here: http://totnestrains.weebly.com/nuclear-flasks.html
  11. Have you a copy of the book? Devonport Dockyard Railway, pub Twelveheads Press. Now OPP, but s/h copies on ebay.
  12. I’ve attempted to find out when this plain-lining was done, but my source hasn’t been able to find it in the weekly notices. As reversal on the Gunni branch is simple, then that seems a logical step. Operating the crossover from the Ground Frame was always a challenge, as it seized up due to non use.
  13. Detailed information about operations here is subject to strict controls, hence any answer will always be vague. The movement of loaded flasks to Sellafield will be sporadic and when required. However, route knowledge has to be maintained by DRS crew, so an occasional loco will come this way. Sometimes it will bring a flask wagon, for dockyard staff to maintain skills.
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