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by Robin Summerhill
Wed May 20, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: An arcane quesiion of the highest order
Replies: 2
Views: 1373

An arcane quesiion of the highest order

When I was carrying out some detailed genealogical research into my family tree recently, it intrigued me why one of my great4 grandfathers died at Keynsham in 1852 when he had lived in Hilmarton all his life and was also buried there (in railway terms Hilmarton is roughly equidistant from Dauntsey ...
by Robin Summerhill
Fri May 01, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Turning the TPO's
Replies: 13
Views: 4197

Re: Turning the TPO's

While on the subject it has always baffled me why Kingswood Junction was so named. Why not Speedwell, Whoitehall or Greenbank Junction? I gave a brief response to this a couple of days ago, but as the matter intrigued me I looked more closely into how things looked in the area back in the closing y...
by Robin Summerhill
Fri May 01, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Banking in the Bristol Area
Replies: 9
Views: 3214

Re: Banking in the Bristol Area

Given that nobody who ever worked on steam traction is likely to be left in railway service (for example someone who joined the railway aged 15 in 1968 would be 67 this year), a lot of this is going back beyond living memory. However, a few things that I was told, or read in books, or had witnessed ...
by Robin Summerhill
Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Turning the TPO's
Replies: 13
Views: 4197

Re: Turning the TPO's

A banker was usally sitting in the siding opposite the C&W works on the other side of the bridge and was called upon as required. At the risk of upsetting one former member (who I don't think has emerged again yet on the new forum) the favourite engine for that job was 43924 because it couldn't be t...
by Robin Summerhill
Thu Apr 30, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Turning the TPO's
Replies: 13
Views: 4197

Re: Turning the TPO's

The only photographs I have ever seen of the Up mail, and indeed the only platform I ever caught it from, was old platform 12 (the remains of which are the stub of platform 1 wnich back then continued into the old station). Presumably the same platform would have been used for the terminating train....
by Robin Summerhill
Wed Apr 29, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Turning the TPO's
Replies: 13
Views: 4197

Re: Turning the TPO's

As far as I can fremember the entire rake was turned. On a practical level it would be far quicker to do that rather than split and reassemble it every day.
by Robin Summerhill
Tue Apr 28, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Turning the TPO's
Replies: 13
Views: 4197

Re: Turning the TPO's

The TPOs were definitelty turned on Mangotsfield triangle, and the working appeared in the WTT. As an example, see page 54 in this document (that's page 54 of the ,pdf, not page 54 of the WTT) - Lawrence Hill dep 0925 and the note explains the working) http://www.michaelclemensrailways.co.uk/downloa...
by Robin Summerhill
Sun Apr 26, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bristol St Philips Station (MR)
Replies: 10
Views: 3538

Re: Bristol St Philips Station (MR)

That's a very interesting point about May Walk. I thought there might have been a footbridge across the river before the Bristol Avoiding Line was built,but an 1883 map of the area that I have just looked at online suggests otherwise. Given the immense tidal range on that stretch of water I would ha...
by Robin Summerhill
Sun Apr 26, 2020 12:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bristol St Philips Station (MR)
Replies: 10
Views: 3538

Re: Bristol St Philips Station (MR)

The Ivatt 2-6-2 tank 41241 ended up on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway running in lined maroon when I rode behind her in 1972. Also up there was 43924 an ex Barrow Road 4F now restored to working order. She was down on the West Somerset Railway for a gala a few years ago carrying a 'Pines Expre...
by Robin Summerhill
Sat Apr 18, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 8
Views: 2909

Re: Coronavirus

With HS2, depending on what 'normal' is going to look like in future, it could seriously undermine the business case. In the meantime hopefully it will keep lots of people in the construction and materials sectors employed. As I have said on another forum recently, we are seeing a lot of commentato...