Here's the final visit of the cement for the year, I understand the next trip is scheduled for 11th Jan 2017.
Kind regards to yourself Keith, and all contributors and visitors to the CRS website for the Festive season & 2017.
Craig - and all the best to you and many thanks to you for sharing your pictures with us.
40 Years ago
How times have changed!
of Bristol Bath Road shed, all be it in diesel days,sadly its all gone and the site is to be redeveloped. such is progress cheers JOHN C.
ps. the caption is mainly in Bristol dialect, if you find it hard to understand. [ha ha] Thanks John
Westbury & Swindon
60054 shunting at Westbury on the morning of 23rd. Since 08799 was stored exactly 12 months ago a number of class 60s have been used here as 'super shunters', usually they stay for a couple of months until a B or C exam falls due when they are replaced. The locos also work the occasional Mendip Rail stone train with Wootton Bassett, Oxford Banbury Road, Fareham, and Woking being favourite destinations this year.
66078 shunting empty steel hood carriers at Swindon, also on 23rd. These arrive with steel coils from Llanwern in south Wales and are shunted into a large modern (2006) purpose-built 80,000 square foot warehouse on the approximate site of the former Swindon loco inspection point adjacent to the Kemble line west of the station. From there the steel is moved by road the short distance to the Mini Plant Swindon body pressings plant at Stratton St Margaret where it is used to make car body panels. Once empty, the BRA/BYA's return to south Wales. The trains run as required as 6B49 0546 Llanwern Exchange Sidings-Swindon Steel Stores and 6B50 1500 return.
Many thanks Guy for your, as uusal, extremely interesting report.