Dainton Tunnel Signalbox and Westbury Iron Works
G Vincent 15.02.2017 Many thanks indeed to you Guy for your most interesting article and pictures.
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Type in ‘Westbury’ and Select OS Map 25” 1892 – 1905
On the North West side of the station you will find the Iron Works.
Note the sidings and in addition a tramway extending about a mile to the south west, the far end of the tramway passing under the main line into Westbury. The tramway also extends to the north east, one leg passing under the main Westbury – Trowbridge line.
At this time there is no Westbury avoiding line – this wasn’t opened between Fairwood and Heywood Road Junction until 1933. Note that the current main line east of Westbury is shown as ‘under construction. There is no chord line between Hawkerbridge Junction and Westbury East junction, this wasn’t opened until 1942.
Note the large Minehole Lake. The open cast mining left the lakes below the Ham known as the mineholes and tunnels for the tramway under Station Road and Hawkeridge Road. How the current boating lake, one time quarry was connected to the Iron Works on the far side of the station is not known.