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    Woolavington, Bridgwater,Somerset
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    Cheddar Valley LIne , Somerset and Dorset (BR)
  1. This tank wagon was actually in the yard of Tincknell and Sons, Agricultural Merchants which was directly opposite the Priory Road S & D Station. The yard was accessed via the S & D branch from Glastonbury but of course in BR days when Priory Road was the only remaining goods facility in Wells the branch was the head shunt for the yard. The water tank in the picture was by the S & D Engine Shed. There is a picture in one of the Cheddar Valley Line books of an Esso Tanker in the same siding. Tinknells supplied fuel (and still do) to Farms in a wide area of central Somerset.
  2. I have a photocopy of an old LT Bus Map, not brilliant, unfortunately not dated but says on cover "Bus Map, Central Area including Trolleybuses" (when did they finish?) I have tried to upload the image of the map but it just tells me it is queued, so it has not worked. So here are a list of routes detailed for the Kings Cross area. Euston Road 14, 14a,18, 18a, 30, 63, 77, 77a, 196, then lots of trolleybus routes, 513,613,615,639 in Pancras Road, 517, 521, 617, 621, 659 in Caledonia Road. Details for route 77 given as KINGS CROSS STN,Southampton Row, Kingsway, Aldwych, Strand, Charing Cross, Trafalgar Sq, Whitehall, Westminster, Lambeth Bdg, Vauxhall Clapham Junc, Wandsworth, Earlsfield, Tooting, Mitcham, Carshalton, WALLINGTON, Works in two sections. Interchange point at Tooting Broadway. (No service Kings Cross to Aldwych Mon - Fri Evenings). The route 63 also terminated at Kings Cross. Hope this country boy has been able to help.
  3. Phil, you are right, I spoke to my contact last night, it was roughly in the area which is now occupied by the Walrow Trading Estate which would have been S & D railway land, roughly where RT Keedwells Transport Depot and the old Woodbury Bros and Haines Furniture Factory is situated (now Briarwood). There is a pair of old split spoke railway wagon wheels on a plinth by the Mark Road Roundabout at the entrance to the Trading Estate. I will have to stop the car one day and see if there is an inscription on it. Another commodity in the wagons was sugar and apparently the local "Home Guard" always had sugar in their tea.
  4. There was a large fuel dump at Highbridge, where petrol, or should I say Gasoline was stored in Jerry cans. I found this picture in a document entitled "UNITED STATES ARMY IN WORLD WAR II, The Technical Services The Quartermaster Corps: Operations in the War against Germany, by William F. Ross and Charles F. Romanus, Center of Military History, United States Army, Washington, D.C., 1991". I am not sure where this dump was at Highbridge or indeed if it was rail connected, but a rail connection was a criteria for selecting these sites. I will speak to an old farmer chap I know who might have some knowledge. Petrol in Jerry cans were the responsibility of the Quartermaster Corps, (POL Stores) whilst petrol in bulk was the Transportation Corps. The same document mentions American Army QM Stores at Shepton Mallet and Street. The Highbridge POL Store was big, over 51,000 sq.feet, whilst Masbury is also mentioned but that was only 2,100 sq.feet, (P266). I haven't read the whole document, this epic tome is 798 pages and I don't need a cure for insomnia just yet.
  5. I am currently reading "Quarry Faces - the story of Mendip Stone" which got me wondering about the source of S & D ballast. I presume (probably incorrectly) that the Southern end of the line used Meldon Ballast but was it also used on the northern parts of the line. There were several rail connected quarries on the line did any of these supply ballast and what of the source when BR(w) took it over.
  6. Thanks for the information, am I not right in thinking that there was a Charles Wright 1935 Font, which was a wider version of the current font. When I was trying to find out information about number plate fonts I came across this website https://www.k-type.com/who-was-charles-wright/ The first line of the website sums it all up perfectly really "It is surprisingly difficult to find information about the origins of the fonts used for vehicle number plates in Britain". I presume originally before 1935 dealers in early cars, lorries, tractors and steam engines just painted the number on the vehicles freehand, did they have a manual of what the fonts were to look like and if so was it the Local Vehicle Licensing Office (LVLO) which gave them out. It wasn't such a nanny state then. I don't know I am sure others have more knowledge than me?
  7. The number plate font you require is called "Charles Wright Font" named after the designer I believe. If you "Google" it you should be able to download it and then it comes up with all the other fonts in MS Word (well it does on my computer anyway).
  8. I understand that the Chester Area Group of the "N" Gauge Society built a model of Midford and that was recently acquired by the Shepton Mallet Model Railway Club. It may prove to be a "One Stop Shop" in your quest for information. They have a strong affinity with the S & D due to their location. Take a look at their website https://sheptonmrs.wordpress.com/midford/ Hope this helps you.
  9. After the closure of the S & D it is my memory that the main station buildings and goods shed where taken over by Norton Hill Grammar School which was situated in Charlton Road nearby to the station. I believe It remained in there occupation for some considerable time and this would account for the fact that the buildings were not raised to the ground as they were just about every where else, when the demolition train was working up from the south. The road bridge over the B3355 was removed as it was quite a low bridge. I remember passing the Station quite frequently on the No 55 bus, which ran from Wells to Bath. Perhaps the Somerset County Record Office may be able to fill in dates etc as no doubt Somerset County Council would have been the owners.
  10. I feel there is some confusion here.There is a picture of Templecombe No 2 Box in the Mac Hawkins book (of which I seem to have acquired two copies on my shelf, 1 1995 the other 1999) it is Plate No 99 on P145, black and white photo in both copies on that page if this helps.
  11. Not sure if it was the popular vote, but it certainly won the prize from MMRS.
  12. I think that this is a Bristol MW. I attach a copy of a very similar vehicle in Eastern National Livery
  13. The wall up Station approach to where the buildings now stand is still there, all be it with a gap in it for new house drives. All of the station buildings where demolished with indecent haste. The new house in the Google Maps view is called "The Beechings" and does not incorporate any of the old building. Station Cottages, one of which was occupied by the last Station Master, Norman Downs, still stand and the Transfer Shed for the Beer and Bitter is now two houses. Glad to be of help.
  14. I think this is Binegar, indeed on the S & D, with the train approaching from the Bath direction. The houses on the left are those at Flowerstone and I believe at the bottom of the road is a pill box which is only partially visible and is still in existence today. I will get you a picture of the location when I am next up that way, although it looks a bit different now.
  15. Allow me to introduce you to Fowler BB1 No 15145 "Rusty" the subject of the Oxford Model, she was restored more or less to the condition that she was in when she was pulled out of a hedge. She has a new boiler and firebox, and bits and pieces to make her fit for purpose. Everything else was refurbished and used again but the owner Alan Sparkes, wanted her to look as she did when he bought her. I am privilidged to be part of the gang that worked on her and now look after her. In answer to the question did she pull anything, they travelled as a gang, two engines, a living van that slept six, plough, water cart, harrows or other implement. I could not post the complete picture as it was too big but the second shot is of the Fowler Living van and 2 furrow small plough that is all part of the ensemble. The sister engine is fully painted and lined and needs a tin of brasso as well, something that "Rusty" will never need.
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