Shortly after that train had departed GBRF 66701 came through on 6M46 1218 Marchwood-Bicester MOD stores train which runs 'as required' via Westbury, Melksham and Oxford. Waiting on the 'down Trowbridge' for it to pass through Westbury North Junction was recently-arrived 'Turbo' 166214 on 2C18 1242 Gloucester-Frome.
Guy V Guy your efforts are very much appreciated as we in Cornwall would say 'By one and all'. Thank you very much.
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You have had some good input regarding the local creameries recently and the attached is the only bit I have that is of any relevance.
It is an unremarkable shot of an area you already have covered. However, it shows milk tankers in the siding and behind the signal box along with a rake of Clay Hoods. I believe that at the time of the picture the tankers had been redundant for about five years.
Best wishes, Julian Many thanks Julian
'The Weymouth Wizard' was a midweek additional service that B.R. ran in the high season holidays between 1981 and 1985 when extra rolling stock was readily available to supplement the existing timetable at busy times. The train was routed via Melksham which for the first four years of its operation was a freight-only line.
The following is an unreferenced extract from Wikipedia "A special, large, commemorative headboard was often carried by the locomotive heading the train, this had been produced by Swindon Works carriage shop and was designed by works sign-writer / illustrator Ernie Hewlett. At the time the Chippenham to Trowbridge stretch of line was under threat of closure and the success of this train went some way to laying the foundations for the route to re-open under the terms of the 'Speller Act' with a limited, experimental passenger service commencing in May 1985. With this came the re-opening of Melksham station". It would be interesting to know if the train called at the newly re-opened Melksham in 1985.
Regards Clive Smith Many thanks indeed to you Clive