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1  All across the Great Western territory / Diary - what's happening when? / Re: Snowdrops at Great Chalfield on: March 06, 2022, 02:35:52 pm
Apologies for a late report. I tried to post last Sunday evening, but I think my attachments were too big.

I've now attempted to attach a couple of (reduced) pictures of Great Chalfield below. The snowdrops were a little windswept and bedraggled this year, unsurprisingly, but it was a lovely sunny afternoon.

We'd planned to take up johnneyw's suggestion and visit The Courts as well, but our start was delayed by a flat battery, and so we only had time for Great Chalfield. We'll have to come back for The Courts and Iford another time.

Many thanks to grahame for a welcome cup of tea afterwards.

2  All across the Great Western territory / Diary - what's happening when? / Snowdrops at Great Chalfield on: February 21, 2022, 10:36:46 pm
The gardens at Great Chalfield Manor - between Bradford-on-Avon and Melksham - will be open between 2 and 4 p.m. on Sunday 27 February (postponed from 20 February), so that visitors can see the snowdrops. Admission £5 per person; proceeds to Dorothy House.

https://www.dorothyhouse.org.uk/get-involved/events/snowdrops/
3  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: Railtours Only Freight Track and Horses on: September 11, 2021, 04:34:19 pm
I saw the train entering Temple Meads at lunchtime, from a vantage point near the new eastern entrance - I was on a 'Doors Open Day' tour of the new University campus...

Oh bother - Mrs Kempis wanted to look at the eastern entrance but Mr Kempis opted for a coffee near Knights Templar. Would have been good to chat! But Mrs K is making good use of her time by catching up with the current general@fosbr.org.uk incumbent on the train.
4  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Railtours Only Freight Track and Horses on: September 11, 2021, 02:56:13 pm
Mrs Kempis is wondering if any other Coffeeshop folk are on this tour. She is particularly looking forwards to the Westerleigh Oil Depot line as it is her pet project for delivering the Westerleigh Junction improvement (via Ram Hill for Coalpit Heath). Mr Kempis is feeling a deep sense of satisfaction that he had completed the St Philips Marsh Depot diversionary route two weeks previous for the princely sum of £18 for a regular day ticket, and this tour which Mrs Kempis is treating him to merely did the Bristol East Depot siding. Though they both agree that the latter would be more useful as a site for St Anne’s station.

Of course, the tour was right to exclude the Rhubarb loop as everyone knows that is old hat.
5  All across the Great Western territory / Diary - what's happening when? / Re: Walking talk at Avoncliff, 24th July 2021, WWRUG on: July 25, 2021, 03:44:13 pm


Beautiful cat!
6  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Spot the line, compare the service (3 of 3) on: April 19, 2021, 07:38:34 pm
4. I think this must be Rosslare to Fishguard, with connections from Dublin (via Wexford and Waterford), Limerick (via Waterford), and somewhere else I can't identify (Mallow? Cork?); and with onward connections to Paddington.
7  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Spot the line, compare the service (2 of 3) on: April 13, 2021, 11:58:57 am
6. I think this is Plymouth to St Budeaux (Ferry Road or Victoria Road) and Liskeard.

There is evidently a junction after the fourth station, and (rather like the Gloucester example on the other thread) it is likely that the fourth and fifth stations, while on different lines, serve the same locality (which is why they are shown in the same timetable).

The present-day equivalent GWR (Great Western Railway) printed timetable includes stations to St Budeaux Ferry Road (but not beyond) and St Budeaux Victoria Road to Gunnislake, but I don't think that is the case here, because it is unlikely that Gunnislake would have had semi-fast services. So I conclude that the timetable shows trains to St Budeaux Victoria Road (which would have continued to Bere Ferrers and Tavistock or Gunnislake) and trains to St Budeaux Ferry Road and Liskeard.
8  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Spot the line, compare the service (2 of 3) on: April 11, 2021, 10:08:52 pm
3. I think this is Bristol Temple Meads to Severn Beach.

If so, a couple of interesting points of difference from today are (i) a few services terminated at St Andrew's Road (perhaps because, at that time, they couldn't turn round at Avonmouth?), and (ii) a few services omitted Temple Meads (because they came off the Rhubarb Loop?).
9  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Spot the line, compare the service to today's on: April 10, 2021, 07:19:09 pm
Could 2 be Cheltenham to Gloucester (Central or Eastgate), with the occasional train from Stratford-upon-Avon?
10  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Spot the line, compare the service to today's on: April 10, 2021, 10:57:27 am
I wondered whether 7 could be Wolverhampton and Birkenhead Woodside, but I'm not sure the timings fit.
11  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Spot the line, compare the service to today's on: April 09, 2021, 11:00:38 pm
4. Taunton to Minehead?
12  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: G7 Summit - Cornwall - June 2021 on: January 18, 2021, 11:16:08 pm
1941 and 1958 diagrams: https://www.s-r-s.org.uk/html/gwf/S1086-12.pdf
from https://www.s-r-s.org.uk/html/gwf/S1086.htm

Not sure of current stuff - 2nd bay lost from 1958 but otherwise similar??

Edit to add - http://www.svrsig.org/diags/S1086.htm - changes in 1964

Further edit Picture showing shunt signal still in place dated 6/2012


Thank you both.
13  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: G7 Summit - Cornwall - June 2021 on: January 18, 2021, 11:08:10 pm
Joe Biden is no stranger to trains. He has been called Amtrak Joe.

Indeed -- so much so that his local station has been renamed after him.
14  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: G7 Summit - Cornwall - June 2021 on: January 17, 2021, 11:28:40 pm
they will fly into Newquay and helicopter to the hotel. They won't arrive on a 150.

Well, I said it was a pipe-dream!

But, purely as a matter of academic interest, I would be glad if anyone with local knowledge, or access to a track diagram, could confirm or correct my speculation as to access from London to the St Ives branch.
15  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: G7 Summit - Cornwall - June 2021 on: January 17, 2021, 10:29:11 pm
Boris, I'm sure,  could cycle to Paddington.  Not sure how other leaders would get onto the rail network.

I had assumed Heathrow, but there is then the issue of accessing the rail network, as you say. If not Heathrow Express to Paddington, perhaps the remains of the Colnbrook branch could be used, or maybe Windsor & Eton Central could be commandeered? I suppose the problem is that the leaders would arrive from different countries at different times, so maybe the special train should be for the press corps and entourage only.

Prior to 2013, there was an airfield at Filton that would probably have been long enough, with a railway track close to the runway and although there's no regular service along there, the line does take diverted passenger trains and I'm sure a platform could have been built - indeed it would have made an excellent rail / air interchange more generally.   And the IETs (Intercity Express Train) run close to there - little issue with gauging issues.

Indeed -- and there was the North Filton Platform.

Don't know - but it could certainly bounce back at Penzance if not.   There are through trains from Penzance to St Ives and back at the start and end of the day.   The branch issue would be the length of the carriages around corners for clearance, but well-broadcast trouble spots such as Narberth tunnel turned out to not be a problem.

Yes -- going via Penzance would certainly be possible, and might be the only way if a loco-hauled service were used, unless double-headed.

Yep - but also a busy man so you have to find somewhat to get him onto the railway 'towards' the West Country, and where the terminal / aircraft to train transfer would be easy - alongside would have been good at Filton ... I can only think of one other airport where it would be really close.   There's a 7,500 foot runway here, and a perimeter gate off the taxiway a few yards from the station.   Problem - very long way from St Ives and more than a bit run down ...

Ah -- Tees-side Airport to St Ives? Well, there's a first time for everything!
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