A chilly start this morning (12th November) to record Colas loco 70803 standing in Bradford-on-Avon station with a signalling cable train. This had been working overnight, dropping off new armoured cables in the Avon Valley between Bathampton and B-on-Avon. The line is due to be transferred from Bristol PSB to the Thames Valley Signalling Centre, Didcot, next year. Of note is that this stretch of line formed Stage 1 of the Bristol MAS Scheme in August 1969, initially controlled from Bathampton Signal Box for 12 months until Stage 5 of the Bristol scheme, Keynsham to Bathampton, was commissioned 14/15 August 1970. The train departed Bradford at 0925 as 6C28 0905 B-on-Avon - Bristol East Depot via Westbury.
Best Regards, Guy V Many thanks for your chilly visit this morning, Guy.
Read yesterday 802002 is visiting Penzance next week provisional timings are Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th 802 002 working 5X90 0746 Stoke Gifford to Penzance 1257 5X92 1400 Penzance to Stoke Gifford 1903
In addition I pointed out that in December we have GWR diversions. One is booked to stop at Honiton for 19 minutes. It gets better, in the proposed SWR timetable for December 2018 some down trains are booked to stop at Axminster for 15, 25, 12 and 10 minutes respectively.
My parting comment was 'Is this how you operate a modern efficient railway'. Regards Dave
Viewers will find this site very interesting 'Open Train Times Live Map' - note that it covers only to Liskeard - good old semaphores beyond that. Try clicking here www.opentraintimes.com/maps Enjoy
Can you help?
The ancestor whose life I am currently researching joined GWR in Exeter in the late 1870s. He worked as a boilersmith's mate and a 'spare' fireman. GWR records for 1886 Newton Abbot station show him as a skilled labourer ("F. Exeter") with the Kingswear steamcrane. The next entry in the records, dated 1895, is headed "Fowey Station" and, in the date of leaving column, March 1898 is given with the comment "to Newton Abbot". As his youngest child was born in Newton Abbot in 1886 and the 1891 Census has him living in Newton Abbot, I'm somewhat confused by this. He died in Newton Abbot Workhouse in 1905.
Do you have members of your society who would know about Fowey Station and what kind of work a steamcrane team would have done there, and about the Kingswear steamcrane in particular, who be willing to correspond with me? I would, of course, pay for their time and expenses as a researcher.
If your members do not do this kind of research can you point me in the right direction to find someone?
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The following has already been sent to Katherine by Mick House.
I don't think the crane was at Fowey station itself, but maybe one of the rail-mounted type that was on the dock at Fowey, follow the link below and you will see three cranes the first one on the left (black) is a rail-mounted steam crane, the large one in the middle is rail-mounted possibly electric and the one on the right is diesel with Caterpillar tracks.
I know this is not a lot of help but may give a better idea of the cranes location. An excellent picture on this link.
jetties at Fowey, steam crane at end of jetty in foreground, more behind, two men in rowing boat in foreground · cornishmemory.com
Regards Mick Many thanks Mick
My camera's battery died later so I failed to capture a rarely-sighted engineer's train on the Bickington Steam Railway (Trago Mills). The driver had turned the steam loco on at the end of the three-road Riverside Station and then put the one wagon on the turntable also. I assumed this was just to save running round, but he then put the wagon in a road occupied by coaches and put the engine back on the turntable. After running off onto the incoming road, he attached the wagon. Naturally, I had to call out and ask what he'd done and the simple explanation was that he couldn't work the points. Most people could just walk on by.
Cheers, Colin Many thanks Colin