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  1. After the Westerns had gone, my memory is that the clay liner was a regular Class 46 and 47 turn. Not to say it was never a LL50, but I don't remember it myself. 50s (unrefurbed), defo hauled the Milks to 1980. Best regards Matt W
  2. Might have had weight restrictions, but two Castles ran over it on Bridge load deflection tests, so it was pretty strong ! See
  3. Now that shot of Dolcoath, ladies and gentlemen, shows a proper train, tis proper job, and thum Milk Tanks too. Lovely me 'ansomes. Splendid. Cheers Matt. Matt !
  4. Never knew Milk was sent from Swindon to Cornwall. You learn something new every day. Thanks Matt W
  5. Great info chaps. Does anyone know if the 4 wheel ones at Lostwithiel ever ran in revenue earning service ? (My phone does strange things to messages on here so excuse any extracts of previous posts). Matt (Luddite) W
  6. Matt, (Karhedron), do you know if the ones used on that ill fated Chard to Stowmarket were the the tanks that lingered on at the dairy at Lostwithiel till about 1987 ? Seen in the third image at this link to the ever brilliant Cornish Railways Website: http://www.cornwallrailwaysociety.org.uk/lostwithiel-exc-to-sr-germans.html I thought they looked fantastic long before the silver bullet bogie clay wagons. Mind you, they look like 4 wheeled under frames. The pictures of the Chard flow you mentioned are clearly 6 wheeled - so were there others which
  7. The sound of the up milk, blasting out of Kennaway Tunnel with a Western, and later, 50s on the front, was soooo distinctive. The heavily laden 3 axle tanks produced a rapid syncopated clatter over any rail joints and they just sounded fast. I missed the Milks massively when they disappeared around 1980. They, along with Siphon Gs really seemed to link back to the days of steam. Throw in the lower quadrant signal arm dropping and bouncing just outside Kennaway, and the sound of the signal wires and pulleys tightening and slacking and there's a whole load of sounds, as well as s
  8. True enough, DCC have a few issues with the old GWR bridge down by Rock Park. When I've walked the stretch of the Ilfracombe line in the Slade Valley thought how hard the engines, steam or diesel, would be working. I bet a 63XX steam loco exhaust would have roared round the valley - and I bet then there Maybachs would've had the taps wide open too. I know D800s and 7000s were common at Ilfracombe- the climb might have caused their D63xx MAN engined contemporary diesels to chuck in the towel ! Not sure I've seen a picture of one at Ilfracombe though they were common on the milk f
  9. The bridge would have been great as a cycle/footpath for the Tarka Trail
  10. Bude, What a fantastic image, the iron bridge and a Hymek. I'd have liked to be on The Strand at Barney to hear and see that go by. Spot on. Matt W
  11. Missed it first time round. Fantastic images. Thank you for posting. Matt W
  12. At risk of thread drift, the tinted/polarised widscreens referred to by Mike and Fat Controller above, an effect I remember so well on locos rounding the Langstone Rock, shows up in this link to a slide of a Western on ebay - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PHOTO-CLASS-52-WESTERN-PREFECT-D1066-AT-FROUDS-LANE-8TH-NOV-1974-/224155218293 And 1557 further along the sea wall. https://images.app.goo.gl/szzxFWmupQjWepKs8 Best regards Matt W
  13. Bingo ! Well done my good fellow. Spot on. Again, thank you for posting. Pretty little thing eh ? Best regards Matt W
  14. Brilliant photo - that's the view from the footbridge I got walking to the Floyd school every day. You can see the Shell oil depot in the distance too. The facing Y point accessed the stub dock on the up side of Aylesbury station. Some years later Haversham, a green 08, used to regularly be parked under the bridge there. Thanks for posting - terrific. Matt W
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