Our speaker for this month - we welcome.
Fleet Manager West for GWR
Maintaining the Great Western fleet
The speakers are John Saville, Fleet Manager West, Great Western Railway and his colleague Jim Humphries. They will provide a detailed look at how the GWR fleet of trains, especially the "West" units that provide our local services in the south west, are maintained and prepared for service at the two main depots for these trains, Exeter and St Phillip's Marsh, Bristol. These trains are quite elderly and very intensively worked covering both long distance routes such as Cardiff to Brighton and local services on branches in Devon and Cornwall. Keeping them in good condition and ensuring that they are ready for service every day, with often only limited time overnight to carry out necessary maintenance, is a significant challenge. Our speakers will tell us how it's done.
Saturday 11th February 2017 at 18.30 in the Wesley Memorial Hall Redruth For further details click here
8th February 2017
During 2011, and 2012 I was a Depot Operations Manager for Network Rail.
My duties included checking Weekend Engineering Trains were all formed up correctly.....a hard life but someone had to do it!
My Cornwall connection - Great, Great, Great uncles were born in Antony when the Railways were being built. We 3 brothers moved up to London and worked on the PWay and Signalling, the other brother went over the Tamar and joined the Navy.
I had 36 years in British Rail, Railtrack, Network Rail and Balfour Beatty. and I still undertake some passenger counting surveys.
I have a passion for Railway photography and I loved the Westerns.
Many thanks or your story and pictures.
Many thanks Nigel for your interest, research and comment.
Many thanks for your observations John. I think with that we'll have to leave the subject, after all, we're really about railway 'tanks' as opposed to military tanks.
They are Churchills (on enlargement possibly 6 with the nearer 2 having the turret removed). The shape of the turret indicates they are probably MkVII (the MkVIICS had a similar turret but few were made). They may have been hauled off one of the Cornwall/Devon military training areas (after use as targets) though their condition would indicate dry firing (blank ammo) targets
Carry on the good work, everybody
Regards Dave Critchlow (Scottish Borders)
Many thanks David - well spotted.