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Nick Gough

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  1. Just to add some confusion - a few years ago I measured the diamond bricks on one of the platforms at Cholsey station (between Reading and Didcot) and found these to be 12" by 6". I also have part of a damaged one found at the site of the demolished Ardley station (Bicester line). This surviving piece is also 6" wide but one end is broken off at about 8". The grooves are 1/4" in depth.
  2. There is a photo of 2839, on a westbound class D goods, at Bodmin Road in 1934 in the book 'Great Western Steam 1934-1949'
  3. Thanks Dean If you wouldn't mind (and it's not too muddy at the moment) I'm after the distance between the two brick parapets, across the deck, at the top of the bridge. Although I have visited the site before I now realise I omitted to get this measurement and I'm not likely to be able to get there again for a while. The other thing is - you can see a transverse, open arch in one of the piers in this photo: I can't tell 100% from the photo but it doesn't look to me that the other pier (where the bridge was extended) has a similar arch. I don't know whether it's still possible to get this view from the footpath after the electrification work? I'd be grateful if you can assist, Thanks
  4. Thanks Nick I bought the Wild Swan book back in the 1980s as my first real source of information and it has continued to be well thumbed since then. I suspect I have the video on a DVD I bought on a visit to the Cholsey & Wallingford Railway about ten years ago. There is about ten minutes of film of the last day. I have acquired two or three photos of the inside of Cholsey signal box one of which has a young boy present. I wonder whether one of these shows your grandfather or perhaps you?
  5. Decaffeinately not! Just the last couple of boxes to be used from a bulk order offer!
  6. Thanks John All being well I should have some proper GWR 70 footers soon. I'm gathering a small collection of the older type Hornby bow-enders to cut & shut following some of the examples seen in this thread: https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/116895-new-colletts-from-old/
  7. Thanks Dean and good luck with Hampden Vale. As you're in Cholsey I wonder whether I could be a bit cheeky and ask whether you could help with a couple of queries at Silly Bridge? Thanks, Nick
  8. Two items of rolling stock I have just completed.. Not much to look at but, as the boxes scale out at 70' long and 9'3" wide (in 4mm) I am using them as gauging vehicles for my my current layout build: https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/150337-cholsey-moulsford-change-for-wallingford/
  9. My new rolling stock.... Two 'Nespresso' cars. Not much to look at but, as the boxes scale out to 70 feet long and 9'3" wide (in 4mm scale) I reckon they will make satisfactory gauging vehicles during track laying and structure placing.
  10. Silly Bridge..... Is a tall, three arched occupation bridge situated approximately half a mile away from C&M station towards Reading. It dates from the opening of the line and the central, 30 feet wide, arch spanned the original dual broad gauge lines. This was originally flanked by two 17'6" arches, but in the 1890s the north eastern arch was demolished and replaced by a new 26'6" arch to span the new relief lines.. This zoomed shot exaggerates the curves here but proves that Brunel's billiard table was not entirely straight! I have cut the sides for this bridge in ply, principally to help in laying the trackwork.. I will have to lengthen the piers to get the height correct. The next view is from the station side and shows that, unfortunately, the track has to curve in the opposite direction to real life and of course is much sharper.. Silly Bridge is apparently the local name for the structure although no one is entirely sure of the origin. One suggestion is that it was built to continue access for farmers to common grazing land to the south west of the line, but shortly after it was built the Enclosures Act came into effect , that land became privately owned and so it was now a (silly) 'bridge to nowhere'. Another possibility is that it was linked to unfortunate souls from the nearby County Asylum who used the bridge to 'escape'.
  11. Bridge rail, at least, was still in place at Burlescombe in Devon until the Great Western Society recovered it for the broad gauge project at Didcot.
  12. Thanks very much Tim for posting those! As you say the goods shed photos are particularly useful. I remember the goods shed from passing it on train journeys in the 1970s but never got to have a proper look around the station until the early 1980s by which time it had gone. I have been trying to find out for years what the road loading side looked like until I recently enquired with Network Rail archives and they found the original plans. Your interior photo fits in nicely with these and has a wealth of detail. It's also nice to see the island platform in its original, non-truncated form and still sporting its distinctive canopy.
  13. A bit of a break from modelling the last few days, but a birthday visit to the Battlefield Railway yesterday provided a trio of GWR live steam:
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