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Mason & Baker were agricultural merchants with their main base at 96 - 100 High Street, Totnes. There was just one loop siding with headshunts each end at Avonwick Station so it probably suited Mason & Baker to have a constant flow of one or two incoming wagons each day. There was also a regular flow of one or two wagons a couple of days a week from Plymouth Cattewater Harbour. Mason & Baker were the main users of Avonwick goods yard, providing about 90% of the business in 1948 and 1949. At the time the country was recovering from World War Two, with petrol and diesel still rationed until May 1950. The goods yard closed on 11 June 1956 when the station became an un-staffed halt.
Regards, Mike. Many thanks Mike - very interesting.
A query from Chris Osment
Spotted in the latest GCR auction catalogue at http://www.gcrauctions.com/sale262/lot440.html a nameplate for ‘Turnchapel Ground Frame A’.
The style is BR(WR), but to what was it fitted? Apart from the actual signal-box at Turnchapel, the only GF of which I know in the area was the one for Bayly’s Siding – was it perhaps used there, with the signal-box being GF ‘B’ (rather as happened at Callington), or were there changes to the arrangements at Turnchapel in BR days which have not been recorded elsewhere?
Regards, Chris Osment. Can anybody help please? See below *
The enquiry from Chris Osment about the auction item took me to look in the relevant books, viz: Tony Kingdom’s Turnchapel Branch; Larry Crozier’s Plymouth Signalling; and Tony Cooke’s Track Diagrams. None of them show a Turnchapel GF A. The signal box at the station remained in use until closure of the branch, and as Chris rightly states, the only other GF in the area was to Bayly’s, and this is always recorded as Bayly’s Siding. My immediate reaction to seeing the image of the auction item, was that it looked extremely clean and fresh for something in use over 60 years ago. Did BR use embossed aluminium at that time? Make of it what you will.
Cheers, Paul Burkhalter Thank you for your prompt reply Paul.