There had been difficulty loading the loco at Exmouth Junction because the 55-ton crane booked for the job had failed and a 45-ton substitute was sent which was inadequate. At Christow this meant that the best that could be done was offloading the loco at the yard entrance.
A while later, when the ground had hardened, I had the bright idea of running the loco down the slope using short lengths of rail which would have to be picked up and taken forward after each short advance. Well, a combination of sloppy controls and my lack of conversancy led to this plan and the loco quickly derailing.
Seeing that that only the flanges sank into the roadway, I applied power and drove the loco on the dirt to the foot of the slope, where it lay gradually sinking until craned in the summer. But the first lift only repositioned it so that I could again drive it along the ground to where the crane could rerail it.
This "off-road" driving had precedent as anyone who has seen the concrete outside St. Blazey shed will know.
Many thanks indeed for this insight into a rather complicated delivery operation.
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sections recovered from Morlands at Glastonbury,with those in the best
condition to be retained for the rebuild. All restoration work was done in the open as we had no under cover protection in those days.
This series of pics show various of progress with the rebuild,which from
start to finish took nearly three years. The rebuilt tank is slightly
smaller than the original and contains about 15,000 gallons of water,
more than enough to fill the tenders when we have two locos on site
for servicing at the same time.'
Many thanks indeed for your article John and as usual congratulations to the dedicated team at Yeovil Railway Centre.
for our site leaves the mains pipe, near the inspection pit.
Originally when we watered locos we had to use a portable pump to get
water from the tank into the tenders, until pipework was installed across the yard from the tank to the water crane by the turntable.
John Alexander Williams
Yours truly John Alexander Williams. Can anybody help?