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by 76026
Sat Mar 06, 2021 5:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Industrial Railways in and around Bristol
Replies: 0
Views: 17

Industrial Railways in and around Bristol

I posted in the Last BR steam workings in or around Bristol? chat that I don’t recall being interested in industrial steam at the time Imperial Smelting Co no 2 (an Avonside 0-6-0 ST) appeared at Bath Road Open Day. The Bristol Harbour Railway website has a picture of it - albeit on standby- at the ...
by 76026
Tue Mar 02, 2021 9:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: School railway clubs
Replies: 9
Views: 1083

Re: School railway clubs

I did mention him on here on the old thread and I think somebody had his email address. He did tell me then that whilst he was happy to hear from people, railway discussion forums were not his thing. Apologies, Robin -thought I'd replied this, but the evidence is against me! I had his email address...
by 76026
Sun Feb 28, 2021 6:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: unfitted freight
Replies: 10
Views: 2387

Re: unfitted freight

Thank you - that does indeed clarify. I guess it means that the combined braking forces of the train loco, the banker and the brake van were considered sufficient to keep trains under control. Does anyone recall what the maximum permitted unfitted train weight was?
by 76026
Fri Feb 26, 2021 7:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: unfitted freight
Replies: 10
Views: 2387

Re: unfitted freight

A conversation yesterday has spurred me to reopen this topic, with a question I've not considered before: were all freight trains through the tunnel required to be vacuum fitted? My guess would be yes- the idea of descending into the tunnel without brakes pinned down seems adventurous, and the prosp...
by 76026
Fri Jan 29, 2021 8:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Last BR steam workings in or around Bristol?
Replies: 18
Views: 4826

Re: Last BR steam workings in or around Bristol?

Going back to the Imperial Smelting loco- looking back at my photos of that Bath Road Open day, I was surprised to see I'd taken of photo of it. I'd completely forgotten seeing it, and as far as I recall I wasn't that aware of or interested in industrial steam until a year or two later. A pity- wast...
by 76026
Fri Jan 29, 2021 8:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Spotting in those Early Years
Replies: 26
Views: 2310

Re: Spotting in those Early Years

You mentioned seeing Mallard at Temple Meads... on OLD BRISTOL UK (youtube) there's a photo at 2 mins 36 of Mallard at TM with an admiring crowd, including some boys. Have you seen it?
by 76026
Fri Jan 01, 2021 5:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Year's Eve
Replies: 1
Views: 229

Re: New Year's Eve

Happy New Year to all. I don't recall ever hearing steam whistles at the turn of the year- but neither do I remember being allowed to stay up until midnight until a year or two after the end of Bristol steam, so perhaps I slept through the steam whistles. I lived about 4 miles from the two sheds and...
by 76026
Fri Oct 30, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: School railway clubs
Replies: 9
Views: 1083

Re: School railway clubs

Yes, I remember Phil Walkeley - and I think I remember him coming on some of our after-the end of BR steam trips- possibly to S.Wales freight lines? Now you mention teachers, I recall that Mike Drew accompanied us on some of our shed bashes- certainly the Birmingham one. In my last post I said that ...
by 76026
Fri Oct 23, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: School railway clubs
Replies: 9
Views: 1083

Re: School railway clubs

I was one of the contributors to that thread. I was at Bristol Grammar around the time you were at Redcliffe. Our railway club ran for at least my first four years and I can’t remember after that. We had a model railway in a cellar and in my first few years there were several shed bashing trips.I re...
by 76026
Mon Jul 06, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Last BR steam workings in or around Bristol?
Replies: 18
Views: 4826

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...