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by the green mile
Mon Jul 13, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fully Fitted Freight
Replies: 2
Views: 354

Re: Fully Fitted Freight

I think this may have been on the old forum which disappeared into a black hole so very useful to see it return. A real trip down memory lane with excellent quality.

Roy
by the green mile
Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Last BR steam workings in or around Bristol?
Replies: 17
Views: 1842

Re: Last BR steam workings in or around Bristol?

In Terry Nicholls' video 'Railways Around Bristol' there is footage of locos arriving and departing under their own steam for the 1966 and 1967 open days. Shots include a USA tank en route from Meldon to the Southern Region , Cookham Manor and Clun Castle arriving together and Princess Elizabeth pas...
by the green mile
Tue Jun 09, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Ashley Hill
Replies: 6
Views: 1603

Re: Ashley Hill

...agreed, but don't you think the additional cost of the trackwork and signalling might drive a coach and horses through the proposal? :(
by the green mile
Wed May 20, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: An arcane quesiion of the highest order
Replies: 2
Views: 546

Re: An arcane quesiion of the highest order

That's a very interesting question Robin. We know that the GWR was forward thinking when it came to their Works staff in Swindon. There was the railway village, the company hospital and hydro and the improvement classes at the Mechanics Institute. There were also special excursion trains to the seas...
by the green mile
Mon May 04, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Banking in the Bristol Area
Replies: 9
Views: 1451

Re: Banking in the Bristol Area

I had another look at Terry Nicholls' video again yesterday. There are a few sections covering the workings between the Severn Tunnel and Patchway including references to freights being piloted and banked. The narrator states that at Pilning the pilot loco comes off and runs round to become the bank...
by the green mile
Sat May 02, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Turning the TPO's
Replies: 13
Views: 1910

Re: Turning the TPO's

Very good bit of research Robin. I certainly had a hunch that the coal mines in the area around St George, Kingswood and Hanham might have something to do with it. If buying a property in that area, a mining survey is definitely to be recommended. I did of course make the mistake of assuming that th...
by the green mile
Sat May 02, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Banking in the Bristol Area
Replies: 9
Views: 1451

Re: Banking in the Bristol Area

I agree, that seems totally logical when descending into the Tunnel But from a line occupancy point of view, I wonder if it might not have been more expedient to leave the pilot loco on the front until Stoke Gifford, always assuming it was heading east and not south of course. Two locos together str...
by the green mile
Fri May 01, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Banking in the Bristol Area
Replies: 9
Views: 1451

Re: Banking in the Bristol Area

As far as I know, in steam days the only place where taking a banker was compulsory was at Bromsgrove, and photographs exist of three or four coach trains being banked up there. My father always held that this was more a safety measure to prevent any runaways through broken couplings. This sounds p...
by the green mile
Fri May 01, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Banking in the Bristol Area
Replies: 9
Views: 1451

Banking in the Bristol Area

The 'Turning the TPO' thread has inadvertently wandered into the subject of banking. Guilty M'lud! I believe that the only banking that would have taken place in my patch during my career would have been the Lickey. That is stretching it a bit as I never had much involvement beyond Worcester, except...
by the green mile
Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Turning the TPO's
Replies: 13
Views: 1910

Re: Turning the TPO's

For the want of anything better to do, I did locate my VHS copy of Terry's collection 'Steam Around Bristol'. There is some good footage of the TPO's going to and from Mangotsfield for turning. The first shows a 4F double headed with a Standard class 3 tank climbing the bank with 3 TPO vans at the f...