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Title: Where was Red Squirrel 12/8/2019
Post by: Red Squirrel on August 14, 2019, 12:10:08 pm
So: Where was your furry fiend on Monday? Tintern - grahame

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Title: Re: Where was Red Squirrel 12/8/2019
Post by: johnneyw on August 14, 2019, 01:10:52 pm
The signal looks a little corroded in parts so I'm contemplating the possibilities of a red herring here insofar as it's not on an operational line.


Title: Re: Where was Red Squirrel 12/8/2019
Post by: Red Squirrel on August 14, 2019, 01:28:19 pm
The signal looks a little corroded in parts so I'm contemplating the possibilities of a red herring here insofar as it's not on an operational line.

A very good start. As far as I can tell (and if I'm wrong about this then I apologise - I'm not seeking to mislead!), it may have been rotated by 180o for decorative purposes, if that helps.


Title: Re: Where was Red Squirrel 12/8/2019
Post by: Bmblbzzz on August 14, 2019, 01:30:12 pm
Warmley?


Title: Re: Where was Red Squirrel 12/8/2019
Post by: grahame on August 14, 2019, 01:33:40 pm
I'm not understanding how you can have just a home signal for a main route and just a distant signal for a subsidiary route on the same poll / appearing to be applicable to the same track.  So concur "not operational" - not even heritage.   Museum piece.   Warmley (posted as I write this) could be quite hot, I suspect.


Title: Re: Where was Red Squirrel 12/8/2019
Post by: Red Squirrel on August 14, 2019, 01:42:25 pm
Warmley?

No cycle track here...

I'm not understanding how you can have just a home signal for a main route and just a distant signal for a subsidiary route on the same poll / appearing to be applicable to the same track.  So concur "not operational" - not even heritage.   Museum piece.   Warmley (posted as I write this) could be quite hot, I suspect.

Looking at a diagram of the area, I think there was a bracket signal close to this location - but it would have faced the other way. I suspect that the choice of colours for the arms may have had more to do with looking pretty than being authentic. There is some very lovely railway heritage in the vicinity though...


Title: Re: Where was Red Squirrel 12/8/2019
Post by: johnneyw on August 14, 2019, 01:52:58 pm
"Rotated 180 degrees for decorative purposes" to me implies that it is usually approached from one side which would suggest it's on an entrance path to something, perhaps something railway heritage linked?


Title: Re: Where was Red Squirrel 12/8/2019
Post by: Red Squirrel on August 14, 2019, 02:28:27 pm
"Rotated 180 degrees for decorative purposes" to me implies that it is usually approached from one side which would suggest it's on an entrance path to something, perhaps something railway heritage linked?

It's at the periphery, but it's facing into the site - if that makes sense! I suspect that some people might walk their dog as far as the signal and then, after a few moments of contemplation, turn back towards the main site.

The site is not primarily a railway heritage site - it is more a centre for walkers.


Title: Re: Where was Red Squirrel 12/8/2019
Post by: johnneyw on August 14, 2019, 02:59:20 pm
I suspect that some people might walk their dog as far as the signal and then, after a few moments of contemplation, turn back towards the main site.




Well the signal was indicating not to go any further! Could we be talking about somewhere Forest of Dean way but not the Dean Forest Railway itself?


Title: Re: Where was Red Squirrel 12/8/2019
Post by: Red Squirrel on August 14, 2019, 03:10:48 pm
Why, you are getting dangerously close..!


Title: Re: Where was Red Squirrel 12/8/2019
Post by: grahame on August 14, 2019, 03:19:17 pm
Why, you are getting dangerously close..!

Wye, I believe you took a metal can and rotated it!  I have seen the hints come together and confirmed by guess by finding the signal through (I admit) a Google Image Search!


Title: Re: Where was Red Squirrel 12/8/2019
Post by: Red Squirrel on August 14, 2019, 03:52:40 pm
Correct! It is at the northern end of the site, at about the point where the loop would have ended.

My daughter and I took the train to Chepstow on Sunday and walked along Offa's Dyke to the Beeches Farm campsite - a beautiful spot on the hill overlooking the Wye Valley. The next morning we walked down the hill to Tintern Station for a well-earned cooked breakfast. Thoroughly enjoyable (and heartily recommended); all the more so because we were very lucky with the weather!



Title: Re: Where was Red Squirrel 12/8/2019
Post by: johnneyw on August 14, 2019, 04:40:55 pm
Why yes indeed and I was there not 2 years ago.  BTW must agree with you that the Offa's Dyke walk from Chepstow to Beeches Farm is rather splendid as is the campsite itself. A group of us managed to bag the "Stonehenge" pitch there a few years back.


Title: Re: Where was Red Squirrel 12/8/2019
Post by: Bmblbzzz on August 14, 2019, 06:44:38 pm
I've never walked along Offa's Dyke (how long does it take from Chepstow to Beeches?) but can add my voice to those recommending the site. I've stayed there twice (once at the "Stonehenge") and can feel a plan coming on now...  :)


Title: Re: Where was Red Squirrel 12/8/2019
Post by: Red Squirrel on August 14, 2019, 07:20:19 pm
According to strava we took about three-and-a-half hours to cover the route, which was just over 10km. Probably the first half-hour of that was taken up wandering around Chepstow trying to find something waterproof for my daughter, whose coat was by then on its way to Cheltenham..!

Edit: checking more closely, our 'moving time' was about two-and-a-quarter hours. We were each carrying about 10Kg on our backs - lighter camping equipment is, I am told, available!


Title: Re: Where was Red Squirrel 12/8/2019
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on August 18, 2019, 01:44:34 am
Daughters ... luggage and personal belongings awareness ... no idea ...  ::)

I do sympathize.  ;D



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