Firstly, thanks Sid for submitting this nice old photo of the Dockyard Junction. I’ll add it to my files, if you don’t mind.
I can add a small comment, that while the crossover to form a loop to the headshunt was removed in 1973, the headshunt itself remained in-situ (but unused) until about 1992, when I had it lifted as part of an upgrade to the branch. Every sleeper was rotten, and the rails in very poor condition, so I guess it hadn’t seen any maintenance for decades!
The footpath that went across “Shaky Bridge” was closed in the 1990s I think, as BR/Railtrack/NR didn’t want the liability of maintenance. It was finally removed when WMV was refurbed recently.
Cheers, Paul Many thanks to Paul Burkhalter for this extra information.