URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT: A One Time Opportunity To Save the Tramway Sorry about not posting much, the truth is nothing much has really happened. It has now been 3 years since I started this campaign, and lately, for about a year and a half, there has not been an opportunity to move things forward... until now. I have been working with Weyforward and others for the past month to create a planning proposal to go head to head with the councils plan to redevelop the...
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The work to electrify the GWR route between Reading and Newbury requires closure of the Berks & Hants line for extended periods this summer. Consequent diversions and timetable changes will have a wide-reaching impact on train services.
The work work starts on Monday 9 July and runs until Thursday 12 July. The line will be open on Friday 13 July and for the weekend of 14 and 15 July.
It then closes on Monday 16 July and will not re-open until Sunday 5 August. This line closure includes weekends and weekdays.
More details including diversionary routes, bus times and alternative car park arrangements are on the GWR dedicated Newbury upgrade web page:
- Please use this link
- Many thanks for the advice Derek
Following on from the recent focus on the Bristol Temple Meads area by Guy Vincent and Craig, here are some night exposures I took in 1983. Always trial and error with film and the various nearby light sources or lack of them. Not to mention minor annoyances like moving people ! Rain and wet surroundings usually made for dismal day photos but following a good downpour and accumulation of puddles on the platform, some superb night exposures could be obtained.
The small hours of summer Saturdays would see a procession of overnight trains from the north and the midlands to Newquay, Penzance and Paignton. On one night in August 1984 I noted eight inter-regionals heading west and two from London to Penzance. Temple Meads buffet was open all night to supply coffee to keep the sleep deprived enthusiasts awake and the station was a hive of activity with Royal Mail staff servicing the postal and parcel trains. The Royal Mail sorting office mentioned by Guy can be seen illuminated in two of the photos.
Regards, Clive Smith. Many Thanks indeed Clive