Hawkeridge signalbox was opened on 14 July 1942 to control the new Loop Lines to Heywood Road Junction and a set of extensive War Department sidings (the latter being completed on 02 November 1943). The sidings didn’t last long as they were instructed to be removed by the War Department on 17 March 1949. Some of the connections, however, remained in situ until c1962. Hawkeridge signalbox was closed on 14 May 1984 and the area became controlled by Westbury Panel signalbox, as it is to this day.
Hope that bit of lost history is of interest.
Retired S&T Engineer
Looking at Guy’s list of Class 22s scrapped at Cashmore’s the liveries of the fourth and fifth locos in the row of six would have been D6325 and D6342 respectively. Neither of these ran in blue livery for very long, especially the latter.
The poor reliability of the diesel-electric Class 21s is beyond dispute, after all they were so bad that 20 were rebuilt with Paxman power units. Such drastic action was never considered for the diesel-hydraulic Class 22s – their poor reputation appears to have arisen from the thrashing they received from Old Oak Common drivers on Paddington empty stock workings which reputedly had their turbochargers glowing red hot – when they inevitably failed the crews made a lot of noise about it. Meanwhile in the South West these locos quietly trundled about on local goods workings and during my own observations in the Truro area from 1966 until the end of Class 22 operation I only recall one failure, and I have long thought their bad reputation was undeserved. I don’t believe their authorisation was a scandal, after all the Western Region needed a Type 2 (and thanks to the way the Pilot Scheme was abandoned virtually every diesel type had unproven reliability) – what would have been highly questionable was the proposal to construct an additional twenty Class 22s simply to keep NBL afloat........
(PS it’s my birthday today.......but I’m not talking numbers!)