Bath Green Park Station
Michael L. Roach
Green Park Station was built by the Midland Railway as the terminus of their branch from Mangotsfield and opened to passengers in 1870. The station was designed by the Midland's in-house architect to blend in with the Georgian buildings around it. The origins of the Somerset & Dorset line lay in the Somerset Central Railway opened in 1854 and the Dorset Central Railway opened in 1860. The two railways amalgamated in 1862 under the name Somerset & Dorset Railway with the aim of reaching Bath which was completed and opened in 1874. However the extension had exhausted the company financially and in 1876 the company became the Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway owned 50/50 by the Midland Railway and the London and South Western Railway. The aim of the new owners in taking over the S&D was quite specific and well-known and that was to exclude the Great Western Railway from the area. With the Grouping of 1922-23 the ownership transferred to the London, Midland & Scottish and the Southern Railways. The main station buildings and overall roof of Bath Green Park Station survive to this day. The station only ever had two platforms and S&D trains departing for Templecombe and Bournemouth travelled over the former Midland route for the first half mile before diverging on to S&D metals at Bath Junction where the climbing started.
MLR / 14 July 2023
Keith / Roger
It was reported this morning on wnxx.com that the Castle set moved by Rail Adventure Ltd on Friday last (28th July) from Laira to Kings Norton was transferred to the Potter Group storage facility at Ely, Cambs, yesterday (31st). This now places 43022 and 43158 with 43170 which moved there from Laira on 9th June.
Many Thanks to Guy Vincent
This is about as much as I can get out of it. As usual, the vegetation growth ruins everything. The only clear spot is where the flyover bus shelter is but even that is not long enough for the whole engine. A pity, but at least it is a record.
I’m not normally one to endow trains with personalities a la the Thomas brigade, but there was an element of pathos here, with nameplates and GWR logos gone.
Anyway, here you are. I will try my best to be lineside for the next one.
A couple more from today. A bit ‘samey’ with my limited field of view, but yours if you want them.
This is the train photographed earlier in its journey by David Tozer, the 2C65 0734 Bristol Parkway to Penzance (actually 07.37 from Parkway) passing Laira Jct only a quarter of a minute late. Interesting as the leading engine is Launceston Castle which I had noted on the sidings at Laira back in May and wondered if it had been withdrawn. Obviously not. Powderham Castle brings up the rear.
Good to hear that 43022 / 158 are likely to get a new lease of life. Clearly, I am behind with the news.
43198 & 43097 on set GW16 48148 48147 48146 49116
43042 & 43194 on set GW08 48124 48123 48122 49117
43172 & 43192 on set GW09 48127 48126 48150 49109
43092 & 43154 on set GW14 48142 48141 48140 49114
43094 & 43162 on set GW03 48109 48108 48107 49103
43010 & 43155 on set GW10 48130 48129 48128 49110
43187 & 43027 on set GW06 48118 48117 48149 49106
Some sets have had carriages substituted and are no longer in their original formations.
Two for you, one focussing on 43091 under the hoist and the other from today being XC 43304 just pulled out this afternoon, presumably for further service. I had hoped it would be either 43022 or 43160, the last two that I need! Never thought I would still be a trainspotter at my age.
Geof Hudson - Laira Manager