The class 70 is seen on crew training at Par and Keyham running past whilst the ground frame was in operation for the flask train.
DRS class 37s 37069 and 37609 are seen bringing the flask train down to Devonport Dockyard on 27th January, 2016. The train also had two MK2 vehicles for security staff.
Golden oldies from Mike Roach
Powered from London Waterloo to Brockenhurst by 30925 then 30287 via Ringwood to Weymouth Junction. Then top and tailed by 1368 & 1370 to Weymouth Quay. Next 4624 to Portland and Easton, 6372 (Above) took over Maiden Newton, Castle Cary, Trowbridge, Holt Jct, Devizes, Savernake, Luggershall, Andover Jct. Finally 32329 on to London Waterloo. What a railtour!!
Further notes on the extremely interesting railtour please refer to the Six Bells Junction web site.
The WSR has decided to re-instate the full length of the loop at Williton, so trains have use of the full length of the platform (needed in peak season). This was shortened in the early 1960’s when the culvert bridge needed replacing, so BR in their wisdom only replaced one side.
The old points position can be seen just behind the mini digger. The new bridge girders for the lengthened loop can be seen over the culvert, but not yet in the final position. The level crossing had to be completely dug up, tracks relayed and re-tarmacked. The “home” signal, the post of which can be seen centrally under the bridge, has also been moved further out, with the up starter, at present about 2 coach lengths down the platform, yet to be moved.
All is due to be completed for the school half-term holiday, when trains will again need to pass here. Kindest Regards Rob Lindley
Many thanks Robert
The existing Up Starting signal (No 4) will NOT be moved, instead an additional Starting signal (No 5) will be added just in rear of the new trap points. Apart from the actual loop extension, there is much additional signalling work to be done, which will include an extensive re-locking of the lever-frame and a new instrument shelf in the signal-box. This work will be completed during the 2106/17 winter period and the complete new layout will be implemented next year. Although there will be a longer loop during 2016, that is probably all that will be noticeable to causal observers for the time being. Many thanks Chris