Sometimes during the school holidays he would take me along, and after I also started work on BR I continued to go with him a few times.
One of his duties was periodically to collect ballast samples from each of the WR ballast quarries and I twice went to Meldon Quarry with him. Here are five views of Meldon in July 1981 when new plant was being installed though at the time the old equipment was still in use. I hope the attached pictures are suitable for inclusion. Cheers Kevin Redwood
A most valuable record of times gone by - for which many thanks.
Athelney Signalbox closed
so I was able to make a full size replica. The other one commemorating the 150 anniversary,was purely my own handiwork. After getting permission from management, I exhibited them on the box from
April to the end of September 1985. I still have both the plates at home over 30 years on.
By the way, today the 5th April 2016, is the 30th anniversary of the closure of Athelney signal box.
I did the last shift,and after the last train, which passed at 2035, had cleared Cogload Junc, I closed the box for the last time,then watched as the s&t stripped out all the equipment. A very sad time.
I think someone in the Glastonbury area bought the original box nameplate. On a lighter note, happily the box was saved and now proudly signals trains at Staverton on the South Devon Railway. I have visited the box once, since it was restored to working order and when I walked in, it was just like going home, sheer magic! cheers JOHN C.