A walk down to Embankment Road late afternoon today revealed the following:
GWR 43186 Taunton Castle and XC 43285 on the sidings. 43093 Berkeley Castle which had been there for some time and which I photographed on my last visit (14 June) was not in evidence but may have been moved elsewhere on site. XC 43303 and GWR 43097 Castle Drogo (with 43009 Nunney Castle on the other end) being serviced.
A contact tells me that there are seven sets still operating, with two in reserve at any one time. It appears this will be reduced to three sets in September. Confirmation would be welcome.
Best Wishes from Keith & Roger
Sand at Par
Best wishes, David Ive http://djipix.com
Chris Osment and Guy Vincent
When the railway area was redeveloped four new roads were created and giving names associated with the railway. A large 'gyratory' system (which still exists) on the Lower Bristol Road became 'Pines Way', whilst the feeder road into the old railway site became 'Ivo Peters Road' (after the well-known railway photographer). Two internal site roads were named 'Stanier Road' and 'Beale Way' (after the well-known S&D driver).
Subsequent alterations within the site resulted in the loss of both the latter roads, although the 'Stanier Road' name seems to persist in some references. Apparently Donald Beale's widow complained that the 'memorial' to her late husband had been obliterated without any consultation or respect of his memory, so subsequently the name has been re-applied to a new riverside path behind the site of the old engine shed, although it is hard to spot.
Lastly, a photo taken inside Green Park station on 6th March 2006 when preserved S&D loco, 7F 2-8-0 no 53809, was on display during a week-long event marking 40 years since closure of the Somerset and Dorset railway. This was the engine involved in the 1929 accident at Bath Junction after the crew became incapacitated by fumes inside Combe Down tunnel, and was based at Bath Green Park shed for its entire career. See feature elsewhere on this site.