David Tozer wishes everyone
a Happy New Year for 2017
Am I 'reading' it right?
Here's a pic I took way back in 1982 at Reading when they had the flapper type train destination indicators. So would it have been a value for money trip? and after reaching Exeter which way would the train go to reach Oxford. Or was it just to confuse passengers?.
However,the correct intermediate stations to Oxford were displayed before the train arrived.
cheers JOHN C. A little confusing - thanks John
I noticed that you visited the old Turnchapel line earlier this year and referenced the new development.
I have studied various pictures of the station and I think that the large rock that was at the station is the one I now look out of my window at and has been kept as a 'feature' of the site. Through our investigations we were advised that the ground level was raised by a few metres due to contamination of the top soil from the oil leakages on the site during the war and in turn they raised the whole site ground level and then chopped off the top metre or so of the rock.
I attach some pictures that may be of interest to you showing what I think is the rock in question (and the original image I found on your site which I refer to).
If you have any further information on the Turnchapel station or the area in question I would be incredibly interested :)
Thanks very much, Sarah Many thanks for your query.
Also go to Amazon books and search Turnchapel Branch and Sarah will see all the books available on the subject, except one, which only came out in November 2016. Its called The Okehampton Line, by Irwell Press, and its got a section on the Turnchapel Branch with several photos. The book was my Christmas present. Quite expensive at £30 but its got over 400 high quality pages.
If the rock shewn in Sarah's picture is the same one that was behind the station platform then its been cut down several metres, or the ground raised several metres. Sarah can get a rough idea of how much the ground was lifted by looking level along the remaining pier of the former swing bridge.
The naval oil depot received a direct hit during the bombing of Plymouth and burnt for a couple of days. Allegedly the flames could be seen from many parts of Cornwall. Sarah could try the Record Office at Clare Place, Coxside for information on this and any other queries she has.
Lastly my suggestion is to speak to the builders if possible while they are still around.
Mike (Roach) Many thanks for this information Mike