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by Robin Summerhill
Mon Nov 02, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Spotting in those Early Years
Replies: 27
Views: 3292

Re: Spotting in those Early Years

As Roy and I were around at the same time one would expect our stories to be similar, but they are actually very different, although there were one or two parallels. Although I was brought up in Gloucester Road, Staple Hill, and a mere 70 yards from Teewell Hill bridge between Staple Hill and Mangot...
by Robin Summerhill
Sat Oct 31, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: School railway clubs
Replies: 9
Views: 1445

Re: School railway clubs

The name John Godfrey rings a bell. I believe he joined BR on some sort of scholarship scheme but did return to come on some of the trips. I've known John Godfrey for over 50 years. He became a Rialway Student and ended up in Control, at least in Cardiff and York, and possibly London because he wen...
by Robin Summerhill
Thu Oct 15, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: LNER B1's on the Western Region
Replies: 12
Views: 2007

Re: LNER B1's on the Western Region

I raised this isxsue on anothe forum to see if anyone there could shed any light on the B1 at Paddington. There have been no replies on that subject yet, but somenody mentioned B1s occasionally turning up at Windsor after woring excursions from the ER. When coming off the GC they usually ran via Bou...
by Robin Summerhill
Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: LNER B1's on the Western Region
Replies: 12
Views: 2007

Re: LNER B1's on the Western Region

I don’t know of any regular working that would bring a B1 to Paddington, even less so hauling LNER stock. Furthermore, the fact that it is hauling LNER stock suggests that it originated on the ER; whilst it was not uncommon to see the odd LNER coach in Bristol in the 60s, for example, it would have ...
by Robin Summerhill
Thu Oct 08, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: LNER B1's on the Western Region
Replies: 12
Views: 2007

Re: LNER B1's on the Western Region

Am I correct in thinking that traction knowledge was not the issue in those days so if a Western crew were prepared to drive and fire it a B1 could in theory have ended up anywhere subject to route restrictions and an ER Shedmaster screaming down the phone "where's my b****y engine?! Traction kowle...
by Robin Summerhill
Thu Oct 08, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: LNER B1's on the Western Region
Replies: 12
Views: 2007

Re: LNER B1's on the Western Region

I didn’t realise that you were including locomotive exchange trials. There are a plethora of unusual workings in that subject! As regards “normal” unusual workings, I initially took your report of a B1 passing Cogload with a huge dollop of salt. “It just wouldn’t happen” thought I; “locomotives comi...
by Robin Summerhill
Sun Oct 04, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: LNER B1's on the Western Region
Replies: 12
Views: 2007

Re: LNER B1's on the Western Region

Living as I did a stone’s throw from the MR main line at Staple Hill in those days, I saw a number ofB1a on the route and not just on summer Saturdays. The first one I ever saw, probably in the autumn of 1962, was 61033 entering Staple Hill tunnel on a Bristol-bound freight. 61167 and 61169 were reg...
by Robin Summerhill
Fri Sep 25, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cane branch 1964 timetable
Replies: 5
Views: 986

Re: Cane branch 1964 timetable

I'll get me coat...
by Robin Summerhill
Thu Sep 24, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cane branch 1964 timetable
Replies: 5
Views: 986

Re: Cane branch 1964 timetable

That post was clearly one of my most poorly-proof-read posts. Not only is it Black Dog and not Stanley Bridge, but I have been waiting for somebody to post asking where the Cale branch was!

And yes you’re right, there is nothing left of Stanley Bridge Halt
by Robin Summerhill
Tue Sep 22, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cane branch 1964 timetable
Replies: 5
Views: 986

Cane branch 1964 timetable

I haave now posted the final timetable for the Calne branch to Flickr, together with a collection of tickets from the line I bought in 1965 and a more recent shot of what is left of Stanley Bridge Halt

https://www.flickr.com/photos/93122458@N08/50350173566/