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by Rivercider
Tue May 26, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Posit (a.k.a. Portishead for non-Bristolians).
Replies: 4
Views: 1187

Re: Posit (a.k.a. Portishead for non-Bristolians).

On the Portishead Branch the current signalling is only suitable for freight traffic so will need upgrading. I believe the track itself will also need renewal or replacement. If they had got on with this 10 years ago it surely would not have been this expensive! I had hoped to ride on the branch on ...
by Rivercider
Tue May 26, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: unfitted freight
Replies: 6
Views: 1167

Re: unfitted freight

Thanks for the comments about the Swansea Docks photos. Because of the sheer volume of freight traffic in South Wales there were also other quite late unfitted revenue earning traffic in the 1980s. Coke from Nantgarw to Barry Docks for export in HUO (24t hops) to about 1982/3 Steel coil from Llanwer...
by Rivercider
Sat May 23, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: unfitted freight
Replies: 6
Views: 1167

Re: unfitted freight

The elimination of unfitted trains was a gradual process, with parts of BR becoming unfitted bit by bit. The SR was first I think in around 1975? The British Steel strike of 1980 rendered many unfitted coal and steel wagons surplus to requirements, many were then scrapped. The air braked Speedlink n...
by Rivercider
Sat May 23, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: unfitted freight
Replies: 6
Views: 1167

Re: unfitted freight

One late example of unfitted freight was export coal via Swansea Docks in MDOs (unfitted 21t mins) until early 1987.
They were still used as the wagons were unloaded by coal hoists one at a time,each wagon was uncoupled separately, and any vacuum pipe work would have been in the way.

cheers
by Rivercider
Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: News
Topic: New use for the WC&PR
Replies: 1
Views: 834

Re: New use for the WC&PR

Indirectly related to this story, work is currently underway to provide a cycle path along Uphill Road North in Weston-super-Mare. This will extend the Somerset Coast Path (itself an extension of the SWCP) all the way from Minehead, through Weston to Sand Bay. The above link, when completed means it...
by Rivercider
Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: News
Topic: The Chocolate Path and Harbour Railway
Replies: 3
Views: 918

Re: The Chocolate Path and Harbour Railway

There were problems along there back in the 1980s when I worked in the Bristol Area Freight Centre.
Because of a danger of collapse of the bank/wall the daily coal train from Aston Meadows to Wapping Wharf was only permitted to run when the tide was high,

cheers
by Rivercider
Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Filton Coal Yard pre-1984.
Replies: 4
Views: 1365

Re: Filton Coal Yard pre-1984.

Are you on Facebook? The Bristol Railway Enthusiasts Group has some photos taken at Filton by Mike Goodfield of class 22s at Filton in the 1960s.
I know Mike posted these elsewhere and they were subsequently lost when the site closed (fotopic possibly)

cheers
by Rivercider
Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bristol Area Signal Boxes
Replies: 10
Views: 3077

Re: Bristol Area Signal Boxes

Ashley Hill wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:10 pm
Hello. Another box I'm trying to find a photo of is Hutton on the Weston avoider. This seems another camera shy box. Cheers Ashley.
Where was this box, at Old Weston Junction?

cheers
by Rivercider
Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bristol Area Signal Boxes
Replies: 10
Views: 3077

Re: Bristol Area Signal Boxes

At Yatton you don't mean the ground frame on the down platform do you? In 'Somerset and Avon Railways in old photographs' collected by Kevin Robertson there is a photo that shows the little ground frame under the footbridge. I am guessing Yatton East dated from later, after the running loops were ad...
by Rivercider
Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 'Castle' HST sets
Replies: 12
Views: 2968

Re: 'Castle' HST sets

I understand that 8 refurbished sets have now been sent down from Doncaster, leaving three slam-door sets to do.
I have seen refurbished set GW07.

I have travelled on the 2+4 sets quite a lot, Weston to Camborne in a HST is much better than a 150, or change en route!

cheers