Bristol Temple Meads
Tim Dunn is seen talking to Simon Gyde
I would also like to say that I have been to a few meetings in the GWR Board Room (which you will see in this episode) and I always feel the presence of those pioneers including IKB. It will be a very nostalgic programme for me ...
Here are a couple of shots to remind us of the impressive train shed and the additional platforms tacked on the outside, so to speak. The first is Harry Patch on 18th November 2019 on a Taunton to Cardiff service and the other is Flying Scotsman ready to meet her public on 8th October 2018 on The Cathedrals Express.
Enjoy watching! Paul Negus
The refurbishment of Saltash station is nearing completion and with covid restrictions being gradually lifted it will start to become the new communal space that it has been intended for. A preview of the interior was shown on the excellent TV series 'The Architecture The Railways Built' shown on the Yesterday Channel back in late January fronted by the enthusiastic Tim Dunn. Regards, Clive Smith.
We are not sure how this branch is operated these days. Andrew Crawley advises us that the disused sidings beyond the scrap yard were for BMW and are where the Longbridge train used to load up. The train could go right in, run round and then pull the train through a wagon at a time past EMR for loading but I'm not sure of track condition at the far end so don't know if it is used for that anymore as I've never seen it going in, but I wouldn't be surprised if it probably propels it in and then just draws forward a wagon at a time, staying with the train all day.
Penzance & Didcot Coaling stages
Just to keep you on your toes!
Looking at Great Western coaling stages (for example, Penzance or Didcot) they tend to follow a fairly standard pattern as would be typical of the GWR. The coal wagons were propelled up the ramp and the coal transferred to wheeled tubs which were run out and tipped into the loco bunkers or tenders (not from a great height, as the Welsh coal was soft and would tend to break up with a long drop).
All well and good, but what tends to be ignored in captions to pictures of coal stages (and, indeed, descriptions generally) is the 'ground floor'. There generally seems to be, on the lower level, a door and at least one window (reference the pictures of PZ coal stage on the CRS site). So, what was on the ground floor? Was it just a 'bothy' for the coal men or was it an office where they kept tallies for coal supplies, ordering paperwork, that sort of thing? The internet appears to be largely silent on this.
I'd like to know, both for modelling purposes and general interest. Well, the devil makes work for idle hands in a pandemic, as you know!
Any help gratefully received!
Regards to all