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  1. Maybe you underestimate the ladies https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/this-bridge-is-nicknamed-the-ladies-bridge-because-it-was-built-largely-by-women-11004076/
  2. I was suggesting that while these non-passenger activities, albeit by railway staff, were not impeding passenger activities or safety, if access to the far side was available, there could be a possibility of unloading by non-railway workers there. That was however only my conjecture.
  3. Surely in the days of horse boxes and carriage trucks travelling in passenger trains, they had to unload the carriage wagons over the buffers in bays in passenger stations, with the horses coming and going over the passenger platforms. Highbridge S&D passenger station had a double-sided bay and an end loading bay, which to me suggests that that side of the station could handle that sort of traffic, parcels and milk churns. If these activities were going on alongside passenger movements, it seems possible that other commodities could have been transferred on the far side of a similar end loading bay, although that doesn't seem to have been likely at Highbridge. At Edington Junction the bay for the Bridgwater trains had the very limited sidings for goods traffic for that branch beside it and must have been used for shunting goods trains. Given the low level of passenger traffic up the branch one could see goods wagons being off-loaded on the roadside of that track, without impeding passenger traffic. Some of the trains using the bay were mixed goods and passenger, but the goods wagons would most likely have been detached and shunted into the adjacent siding for unloading or onward travel.
  4. I do like the chunky framing on some of these older tank wagons. I have cobbled together one round and one rectangular for my Highbridge Wharf diorama, based on photos from Richard Kelham's PO wagons of Somerset. I have yet to work out exactly how the rodding that goes across the top of the rectangular one lies and what it does. The Highbridge Anthracite Fuel Company used tar in their solid fuel briquettes and had a large tar storage tank alongside their works on the Wharf. I printed the lettering on ordinary 100gsm paper and stuck it on with double sided tape. You can see my efforts at and
  5. Could you remove the hinge and handle, make good and rebuild them with brass, rather than risk damaging the smokebox with heat?
  6. 1400 hits - now 1401 - congratulations!
  7. In the January 2022 Railway Modeller there was an article on Harold Thompson's extensive 4mm Scarborough North Bay Railway in 4mm scale on 9mm gauge track. I am sure that there was a layout with a holiday camp featuring several railways including an aerial ropeway and a miniature railway, not so long ago. There's one in G scale on OO track in the March 2022 BRM. Port Eden by Ben Bucki
  8. Somewhat belatedly, in my early twenties, I took my ancient roll film camera down to Burnham to record the environs of the town's station in case I ever wanted model the station. I knew that photos and drawings of the station existed but thought that maybe the streets alongside which trains had once run, would not have been so recorded. There were three pubs or hotels within sight of the station. The Queens Hotel, at the sea front overlooking the jetty from which the S&DJR passenger ship Sherbro travelled to Wales. A little nearer the station, was the Pier Hotel and on the corner of High Street and Abingdon Street was the Somerset and Dorset itself. In more recent years it sported a sign with a 7F 2-8-0 on it. Slightly inappropriate as I am fairly sure they weren't allowed onto the Evercreech to Burnham line. My brother-in-law had his stag do in the form of a pub-crawl around most of Burnham's pubs and hotel bars, so I am fairly sure that I have drunk in all three of these. I was still sober enough to be able to carry him, assisted by another reveller, upstairs in his lodgings and tuck him into bed.
  9. South East Lewes - The Lansdowne Arms overlooks the station from Railway Road. Harvey's brewery used to have a depot adjacent to the station yard. It is now a community cinema with cafe/restaurant - surprisingly named The Depot.
  10. Southeast Seaford - Steamworks - in the station building Burgess Hill - The Railway Hastings - what was in 2012 - Flairz - opposite the station approach Worthing - Grand Victorian Hotel And Pub - opposite the station Newhaven - The Engineer - Railway Road South Portsmouth Harbour - The Ship Anson - opposite the Harbour Station
  11. 1930 would be a bit late for those two - unless you are just thinking in terms of locations in their former territories. They were merged into the LMS and Southern railways respectively in 1923.
  12. Just becauseI wondered where HSJ was, I Googled it and this photo popped up. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/402377694183?mkrid=710-53481-19255-0&ff3=2&toolid=10041&campid=5337461013&customid=rs1&lgeo=1&vectorid=229508&item=402377694183&mkcid=1&mkevt=1&siteid=3 I am assuming that is the HSJ box you are looking for.
  13. I have just uploaded a recent steam lorry attempt to my Highbridge Wharf album and there will be a couple more, when I have corrected some dodgy bits. Doesn't taking photos of your models make the grotty bits so much more obvious. One of the problems is that the images are much larger than the 4mm scale models.
  14. A rather distant shot of 66121 in the South Quay Days Aggregates terminal at Newhaven. I have yet to catch these trains on the move through Newhaven Town. The terminal has had its boundary fences extended and solid walls around the materials bunkers cut down the views as well.
  15. It is not an area I have much information on, but remembering that there seemed to be a tradition in railway magazines, both prototype and modelling, to feature Scottish railways in their January editions - Hogmanay, Burns Night etc being the connection with that month - I guess, I looked at the sole bound copy of The Railway Magazine I have - January to June 1928. As expected there were several articles on Scottish railways, including 'From the Forth Bridge to Alloa and Stirling by the L.N.E.R.' By J.Francis. If the post-grouping period still has some relevance to your NBR collection, I would be happy to scan the seven pages and email them to you. The photos will be very grainy as the magazine print quality isn't great.
  16. We've herd about them Welsh ewes and their tank and we'em taking cover. Mind you when we started talking unkindly about Welsh sheep this peaceful flock had puzzled looks on their faces.
  17. I trust that this whole enterprise hasn't just been built around the need to use the gargoyles I sent you some time back!
  18. A couple of shots taken at the South Quay aggregates terminal at Newhaven yesterday. Access is more restricted than it used to be, as the boundary fences have been expanded to the east and there are solid prefab walls around much of the storage and loading areas. So the loading view was taken beyond the outer of the two chainlink fences, leaving the inner one and the palisade in the shot.
  19. The SDJR provided the principal regular ferry services from Barry to Burnham Tidal Harbour in its own ships or ones it leased or chartered, after a brief initial period between 1858 and 1860, in which the Cardiff Steam Navigation company provided the services across the Bristol Channel. Again towards the end of the passenger services the route had to be serviced from the other end, with the Bute Docks Authority providing ships for 1882 and the first few months of 1883, after which Samuel Little of Newport for a brief period until, in 1884, the SDJR bought the 'Sherbro' which ran successfully until the operation was wound up in 1888. The Poole to Cherbourg route was also provided with SDJR owned or chartered vessels. That service only lasted until 1867. Chris Handley's 'The Maritime Activities of the Somerset and Dorset Railway' covers these passenger services, as well as the freight services in and out of Highbridge and Bridgwater.
  20. https://www.wizardmodels.ltd/shop/buildings/slc012/ No connection, just a satisfied customer - but not for this item. Shown as a Scale Link product. I seem to remember that SL has split up with the etchings side separating from the rest of their product lines. Maybe you were looking at the wrong part of the former company.
  21. St. Petersburg seems the most distant. I have a vague recollection that there was a short period sometime in the past five or six years, when DFDS put on a third ferry out of Newhaven, at the height of the Summer season, and that went to Le Havre. The regular service is twice a day to Dieppe and back.
  22. These are a couple of scans of small yellowing prints from my family's albums. Some of my ancestors came from the area around English Bicknor. There are no railways to be seen in these shots, the fairly primitive structures and general clutter are very atmospheric though. There is also Chris Handley's book Radstock Coal and Steam, if the Somerset coalfield is of interest.
  23. Sorry it is not a 45xx. Presumably this was taken by my father with his head out of a window of the train heading the other way. Smuts in the eyes and smoke up the nostrils, those were the days.
  24. There are no direct trains from London to Newhaven anymore - a change at Lewes is required. The occasional conductor/on-board supervisor/guard announces the ferry connection to Dieppe as Newhaven Town station is approached and I have heard someone mention the ferry service at Lewes, when the 313 for Seaford arrives there from Brighton.
  25. Our favorite spot was beside the up mail pick-up point, just north of Highbridge station.
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