Wishing everybody a
Very HAPPY CHRISTMAS
Best wishes for Christmas and 2024, Trevor Tremethick
1. The west portal of Brunel's Box Tunnel, opened to traffic on 30th June 1841. The tunnel is dead straight, 1 mile 1460 yards in length with an east-west falling gradient of 1 in 100 and six deep ventilation shafts. Since the late 1960s vegetation growth has been an issue but today seems about as clear as ever it will be.
2. 802101 emerging at speed in almost total silence working the 1C14 1230 Paddington - Weston-super-Mare. This unit was originally intended for use chiefly on the Paddington-Plymouth-Penzance route as it is fitted with uprated engines to better manage the steep Devon banks. However, post- Covid all class 800s have gone into one big pot and can turn up on anything from class 1 express passenger work to more lowly class 2 local stopping trains.
3. 800302 heading east and passing the site of Box Mill Lane Halt, opened on 31st March 1930, closed on 4th January 1965. This was built by the GWR and consisted of two platforms of timber construction, similar to Dilton Marsh Halt on the Westbury - Salisbury line which opened in 1937. The eastern portal of the short (175 yards) Box Middle Hill tunnel can be seen in the distance
4) View westwards towards Bath from above Box Tunnel.
5) Postcard view dated c1935 looking south east showing the railway line, halt and tunnel.
Many thanks for your years of support.