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by 76026
Mon Jul 06, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Last BR steam workings in or around Bristol?
Replies: 17
Views: 1840

Re: Last BR steam workings in or around Bristol?

55A, was the Imperial Smelting loco that you saw in live stem on BR metals running solo, or with a diesel chaperone? http://www.bropendays.co.uk/1965_1993.html shows this loco appearing at the 1970 Open Day. If it was running solo that too would have been a breach of the steam ban. Perhaps this is e...
by 76026
Mon Jul 06, 2020 10:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Last BR steam workings in or around Bristol?
Replies: 17
Views: 1840

Re: Last BR steam workings in or around Bristol?

Good to know that my schoolmates weren't necessarily making up their stories of late steam cops at Stoke Gifford! Speaking of water columns, I've heard of another late survival, albeit out of area. Apparently in 1970 when 4555 (based at the Dart Valley Railway) was hauled in steam from Laira- follow...
by 76026
Mon Jul 06, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: unfitted freight
Replies: 6
Views: 1165

Re: unfitted freight

Thank you for this. I hadn't exactly forgotten about coke, but it's a while since I've heard or read anything about it. Sometimes we used the domesic variety instead of coal when I was a nipper. Surprising that coke was moved from a plant to a steelworks with the NUM's blessing during a strike. I wo...
by 76026
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Last BR steam workings in or around Bristol?
Replies: 17
Views: 1840

Re: Last BR steam workings in or around Bristol?

However there is an incident described in the Wild Swan book Somerset & Dorset Swansong by Bob Bunyar (of which I can't find my copy at the moment) which I think will be hard to beat. The book contains an eye-witness account from (I think) January 1967 when 34057 Biggin Hill took over a Portsmouth-...
by 76026
Mon Jun 22, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Last BR steam workings in or around Bristol?
Replies: 17
Views: 1840

Re: Last BR steam workings in or around Bristol?

Thank you both. I’d forgotten how determined WR was to prevent steam locos sneaking back into the region. I’m now going to show my gross ignorance- from which Bristol Yard would those occasional steam locos hauling up Filton Bank have picked up their freight trains? How the Meldon USA tank could hav...
by 76026
Sat Jun 20, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Last BR steam workings in or around Bristol?
Replies: 17
Views: 1840

Last BR steam workings in or around Bristol?

What and when were the last steam workings you heard about or saw after Barrow Road closed? Were they all steam standing in for / assisting ailing diesels, or were there one or two obscure workings still offering a reasonable chance to see steam? Did any of the guest steam locos at Bath Road open da...
by 76026
Sun Jun 07, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Ashley Hill
Replies: 6
Views: 1603

Re: Ashley Hill

Regarding Cullompton... according to https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/re-opening-beeching-era-lines-and-stations/re-opening-beeching-era-lines-and-stations, one of the ten successful bids for the first round of the government's 'Restoring Your Railway' Ideas Fund is to reinstate Wellington...
by 76026
Sun Jun 07, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Lawrence Hill signal-box
Replies: 1
Views: 347

Re: Lawrence Hill signal-box

Not a clue, so I'm looking forward to learning something...
When it comes to railway history, is there such a thing as too much detail?
by 76026
Sat May 23, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: unfitted freight
Replies: 6
Views: 1165

Re: unfitted freight

Thank you for supplying the answer to my question. Good to know that I hadn't imagined there being a particular reason for retaining unfitted wagons. Suitably cheered I went looking online for photos, and found yours on the 'Retired Section Swansea Docks' website. Great shots- you clearly found some...
by 76026
Sat May 23, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: An arcane quesiion of the highest order
Replies: 2
Views: 546

Re: An arcane quesiion of the highest order

Does MacDermot's history of the GWR mention significant milestones in staff conditions and if so would the introduction of concessionary fares to be 'significant' ?