About a mile east of Bruton station is sheephouse farm, with an occupation crossing over the main west of England line . For many years a crossing hut was situated there. It must have had some importance, as it had a cast iron nameplate 'sheephouse crossing' fitted on the end just below the window,although when I took this pic it had been removed and later the hut was removed.
Does anybody know its history,and its main use?, I'd be interested to know.
cheers JOHN C.
Many thanks indeed Roy and best wishes to you for 2017
As I make clear in my web pages, the loss of over 400 miles and more than 200 stations from the Devon and Cornwall network is not a real measure, because the railway's capacity as well as its reach is so diminished.
It may be thought that the losses would have been greater in the far west, but Somerset suffered much more than Cornwall, with only twenty stations left open and not one branch line remaining.
My father (b. 1898) always pronounced "riviera" in the anglicized way and though he was apt to use unusual pronunciations, like "she" for "ski," I seem to think that "riveera" was the way that Great Western men would have known the train, if it wasn't simply the "Limited." I have heard this pronunciation on a Railway Roundabout film and on the B.T. film unit's Train Time; the one which shows the railway responding to a rush of Cornish perishables and a foreman ringing in: "Hello, Control? Er, Gwinear here. Helston stour ... " (STOUR: telegraphic code meaning "following is the state of our yard ... " - or in this case, branch).
So, I contend that it is only in later years that the Italian pronunciation of "riviera" has been used and that this would not have been familiar with Great Western men or the travelling public.
Among railway folk I doubt that I have to apologize for pedantry.
With all good wishes for the New Year. Colin
Many thanks to Colin for the above - I do hope you will click on the links above for some very interesting material.
Colin Burges is the owner and operator of 'The Exeter & Teign Valley Railway' which we hope to visit in 2017 - details to follow.