An extract from a letter from Brian Pibworth
Regarding the terminus of the Chard Branch, pics below show tracks in the road left by a 20 ton brake van and a wagon which escaped from a shunting operation at Chard Town in 1962 and survived the runaway journey, over several miles of curving downhill track, to hit the blocks at Chard Junction Branch station at about 35 mph. The wagons demolished the blocks, careered across the road and the van embedded itself in the side of the Chard Road Tavern. The tracks remained in the tarmac for several decades but those across the road have now gone and the pub and car park are now part of a private house. A full account of this incident (which had no casualties apart from the wagons and pub wall) can be found on pp 82/83 "Working the Chard Branch"by Derek Phillips and R Eaton-Lacey pub Fox & Co. Yeovil.
The loest picture shows the creamery in full operation complete with milk tankers and the old LSWR signal box in 1981. The occasion was an unscheduled stop of the Deltic Devonian Railtour, headed by 55016, which waited 15 min to allow the 11.10 Waterloo - Exeter to pass. The stop attracted many local enthusiasts and photographers including the chap on the right sporting no less than two Exakta cameras! (PS If anyone collects old Exaktas, I still have the odd one deep in our loft). My notes show the film to be HP5 rated at 1600 ASA which indicated November twilight and credit goes to my wife, Patricia, for recording the event.
Hope this fills in a few gaps.
With kind regards, Brian Many thanks indeed Brian
I see you have plenty of pictures to keep you busy ! I have left you quiet , I've not been down much this summer so far.
Here is a Doug Nicholls picture of a DMU at Newquay 4 1973. How much better Newquay looked then.
Thanks, Roger Geach Many thanks to you and of course Doug Nicholls - memories are made of this.
[Mike Morant collection