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Rivercider last won the day on January 15 2018

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    The Wild Wild West (Weston-super-Mare)
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    The Grecians, Fermented apple juice, the Withered Arm, West Country freight traffic. Local history and researching family history. Coastal shipping.

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  1. I have only just found this thread, but enjoyed the read through, it is looking great. Although I have no knowledge of the prototype I am always interested in freight operations, and there looks to be quite a bit of operating potential there. Is the real place busy with freight? And now I fancy a pint in the station bar! cheers
  2. Here is a dodgy instamatic snap of some gunpowder vans possibly at Portmadoc Yard Seen from the Cambrian Coast excursion 7/8/77 cheers
  3. I was going reply to the effect that in my early BR career in the late 1970s I only remember gunpowder vans (TOPS code CXV) in commercial traffic. However I can confirm they also ran into ROF (Royal Ordnance Factory) locations. When I bought the Larkin book BR Standard Freight Wagons I sometimes did TOPS enquiries on wagons pictured in the book, and one or two enquiries still survive. From page 44 of the book, here on 1 May 1980 is B887135 at Puriton ROF (81919) having come from ICI Chemicals at Bogside (Ayrshire) Snodgrass (08302). I can probably decipher much of
  4. The things you find when you are not expecting it. I am looking through an old briefcase from my mums loft, expecting to find wills and death certificates, when out pops this sheet of paper. I wonder would individual van numbers be recorded, or just a tally of how many vans were on each train? cheers
  5. I think the Portishead service (if and when it finally starts) is meant to be tied in to an enhanced service on the Severn Beach line, and also an improved local service between Bristol and Westbury. So maybe some tie-up there? cheers
  6. If Coleford Junction was restored as a proper junction and the Crediton to Coleford Junction section became a real double track route then that would provide more capacity for the enhanced service. Passenger services would not extend beyond Okehampton to Meldon Quarry, that would only happen in the final part of the restoration of the former SR route between Exeter and Plymouth. Which will surely be many years away in the future, cheers
  7. Back in the late 1970s/early 1980s I was in Bristol TOPS, we produced the TOPS train lists for weekend engineering trains. Our office was generally single manned at weekends but there was an additional 08.00-16.00 post on Saturday to assist in producing the engineering train lists. Bristol East Depot was the main yard that handled some materials but also formed up engineering trans. Generally there were about 10-12 trains booked to depart mostly from late Saturday afternoon through to Sunday morning. When there were larger engineering blockades in the winter there might be
  8. BR Steam allocations Part Nine by P B Hands shows it at 70A Nine Elms from 1/57 to withdrawal 1/62. On Flickr the only 2 photos I could quickly find show it at Nine Elms in April 1960, and March 1961, cheers
  9. The two Barclay locos that latterly worked at ROF Puriton are preserved on the West Somerset Railway. There would be a weekday local trip working from Bridgwater to the BR exchange sidings at Huntspill, there the BR loco and crew would exchange traffic with the ROF loco and crew. I believe the Barclay locos were equipped for multiple working, when the M5 was built a new line had to be built from Huntspill to access the ROF crossing on a bridge over the motorway. One of the pair of Barclay locos at Minehead 15/4/2018. cheers
  10. Okehampton to Exeter was part of the Devon Metro proposals back in 2011, with a new station at Okehampton East Parkway cheers
  11. We have stayed at Okehampton three times in recent years, all as a result of using the Sunday service from Exeter and then seeing the various walking options in the area. We try to make one or two of our short breaks in the west country each year a car-free trip, I will certainly be looking to make use of the service when it starts, cheers
  12. I can't answer the original question as to why 25+40 was used, it does seem a little odd. I would have thought a straightforward 25+25 pairing made more sense, unless the contract load for the service was more than they could lift? Edit - comments on Flickr for a photo of 25249 and 40082 at Bamford on that working do mention that 2 x 25 were not powerful enough for the working from Ditton. cheers
  13. I seem to remember in a discussion somewhere about the very rare appearances of class 40s at Exeter that for a time the booked diagram for an Ellesmere Port to Exeter bitumen service was for a 25+40 combination, but that in practice it never ran as such. In East Anglia I believe a class 31+37 combination was sometimes seen on sand traffic, including from Fen Drayton to Kings Cross Goods, I saw one train in 1985. 31319 and 37125 depart from Cambridge with a Fen Drayton to Kings Cross Goods sand train loaded in HTVs. 11/7/85. cheers
  14. Thanks for the info, I will look out for that. I was brought up learning about dogfish and sealions, sturgeon and ganes, by my dad who was in the civil engineers dept by then, cheers
  15. The book 'The Potters Field' by LTC Rolt has a lot of detail of the South Devon ball clay industry. For many years much of the ball clay from the Bovey Basin to the Potteries went via Teignmouth by sea and canal. The book mentions from the 1930s road vehicles claimed an ever larger share of ball clay for the home market, but in 1964 BR made an attempt to recapture a share of the market. The first 'clay liner' trains left Newton Abbot on 18 November 1965. Elsewhere the book mentions clay loading facilities were provided at Chudleigh Road (Heathfield) in 1874, with
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