He is at Karenza Care home at St Agnes. Post code TR5 0UD
He is available on his mobile the number of which is 07773808074
- he could certainly do with a chat.
Due to the Covid Precautions Roger is confined to his room for ten days.
Andrew and Diane Jones
I was recently reminded when submitting the Polbrock Bridge photograph, how two rails sitting on sleepers are seriously underrated in engineering terms.
I have attached a photograph at the same location taken in 1971 to illustrate just one of the many factors required to safely support the weight and mass of a typical locomotive weighing possibly a 100 tons with a trailing weight of say 200 tons.
Check rails are not particularly common on the mainline except for pointwork and level crossings, but many branch lines with tight curves often relied on some form of protection to stop wheels from climbing the rail and de railing.
(Check rails installed on level crossings were predominantly to reduce debris fouling the track and keep some form of clearance.)
When studying the profile of a standard wheel set it would be noted that the flange should not make contact with the rail except when traversing a curve. When encountering a sharp curve as often found on branch lines there is a tendency proportional to speed for the wheel to try and climb the rail and to counteract this a second check rail was often installed which acted upon the back of the flange to contain the wheel set from lifting.
The branch to Wenfordbridge from Boscarne had extremely tight curves but due to the low speed limit relied on flange greasers to reduce wear, however the squeal through the Outlands section could be heard for miles!
The science behind the permanent way is extremely complex and I was reminded when taking my HNC at Devonport Tech of the involved equations used to calculate all the forces involved and thats after providing the formation and drainage which is a science in its self.
If there is enough interest I would gladly continue this subject in the future.
Best wishes Andrew and Diane
We look forward to your further thoughts on the subject.
Exeter & Dawlish '04
The second item includes full details of the stock used and copies of the train running arrangements for the day. The stock consisted of 'Car No 208', PMV S2464 'Carina', 'Lydia', 'Perseus', 'Isle of Thanet'. PMV S2464 was repatriated from the USA and restored in time for the 50th anniversary of the funeral. It was displayed at the NRM York in 2015 along with loco 34051 and Pullman Car 'Lydia' which was the carriage used by Churchill's family. Perseus is still in use as part of the Belmond British Pullman; on 28th February 2005 it formed part of a special charter 'The Staite Pullman' hauled appropriately by D1015 resplendent in Golden Ochre and captured passing Berkley Marsh near Frome.
Final point: Why the missing D in Handborough these days??
Looking at Wikipedia it seems that Hanborough is an acceptable alternative for Handborough these days.
Hanborough railway station is a railway station in the village of Long Hanborough in Oxfordshireserving the village and surrounding district. As a result of the Cotswold line being singled the former up platform is the only one now in use for both up and down trains. It is served by GWR trains between London Paddington and Worcester Shrub Hill. It is also the nearest station to the towns of Woodstock and Witney.
There is a passenger-operated ticket machine (card payments only; not cash) at the entrance to the station platform.
The station has two car parks, which between them provide 241 car spaces. However, on most weekdays the number of passengers parking at Hanborough exceeds the number of spaces available. Oxford Bus Museum is just east of the station, in the former goods yard.