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1  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - 2019 to 2045 / Modern Railways Rail In Wales and the West 2019 Conference on: Yesterday at 08:58:14 pm
Modern Railways held the above conference today and it was transcribed on Twitter. It can be followed by searching Twitter for  @Modern_Railways   or  #ffcwales.
There were too many Tweets to really summarise them here.
It covered GWR services in the west and Wales as well as some information on Vivarail
2  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: 2019 - TransWilts cancellation and amendments log on: Yesterday at 07:07:52 pm
Might it be problem with station lighting?
3  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: 2019 - TransWilts cancellation and amendments log on: Yesterday at 06:19:32 pm
Safety issue with the platform according to Journey Check, lasting for rest of service
4  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where were Finn and I today, 13th March 2019? on: March 14, 2019, 08:41:50 am
I avoid motorways whenever possible, far too busy for my liking. The A roads might take longer but there are variations you can make more easily if roadworks and the like happen.
Also find this site very useful
https://www.roadworks.org
5  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where were Finn and I today, 13th March 2019? on: March 13, 2019, 08:14:37 pm
On the M5 coming south does suggest the Severn Beach branch
6  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where were Finn and I today, 13th March 2019? on: March 13, 2019, 06:31:55 pm
Somewhere on the Weymouth line, possibly near Cattistock?
7  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Summer 19 Timetable on: March 12, 2019, 01:17:57 pm
Paths have appeared in RTT for crew training runs in preparation for the summer Saturday service.
5O13 0850 Salisbury to Weymouth and 5O24 1228 from Weymouth to Salisbury, both under Q notice.
8  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: New Station for Shepton Mallet? on: March 12, 2019, 11:08:19 am
In the 1840s the Government wanted a through route from Dover to Falmouth, for military reasons, hence the aim of the other S&D - the Southampton and Dorchester - having the station where it is. This also effected the development of the railways in the region in the 1840s and 50s with competing narrow and broad gauge schemes having coastal and central routes.
At one point the S&D was taken over by the GWR until they and the L&SWR came to an agreement.

The reversal continued until the new up platform and station building was opened in 1989 with the Weymouth electrification.

The excellent Cornwall Railway Society has these images.

http://www.cornwallrailwaysociety.org.uk/dorchester-to-bournemouth.html
9  Journey by Journey / Portsmouth to Cardiff / Re: Brightons gone again on: March 12, 2019, 08:50:11 am
Not been a good few days with the Brighton’s either being cancelled or starting back from Westbury due to crew shortages

Edit to correct spelling
10  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: New Station for Shepton Mallet? on: March 11, 2019, 08:46:55 pm
The Wilts, Somerset and Weymouth line below Frome to Weymouth was put forward as a blocking line, to claim the territory.
11  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: Trowbridge on: March 11, 2019, 12:24:06 pm
Here is a brief reference the teasel drying houses in the Cotswolds

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=t5ckDwAAQBAJ&pg=PT80&lpg=PT80&dq=teasel+handle+houses&source=bl&ots=gKrvPU8Qlp&sig=ACfU3U3k8PZS3WeV0zN9VMm8IMj1eN5f3A&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiQ7sf8ifrgAhVKThUIHVmVA2s4ChDoATABegQIBxAB#v=onepage&q=teasel%20handle%20houses&f=false

12  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: Trowbridge on: March 11, 2019, 10:19:37 am
There is one on the Wells Road out of Shepton Mallett, I remember seeing it a few years ago. It is still to be seen on Google Street View

https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Shepton_Mallet,_Darshill_House_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1223404.jpg
13  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: February / March 2019 engineering closures on: March 11, 2019, 10:02:22 am
This was posted on Twitter this morning, including four photos of the work

https://twitter.com/networkrailwest/status/1105044472151400448?s=21
14  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where was bignosemac today, 10th March 2019? on: March 10, 2019, 08:32:49 pm
It was the concrete that gave it away. I used to travel on the branch in the late ‘50s early 60s.
When built they used a Blondin cableway, spanning the valley, to transport the concrete.

https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Cannington_Viaduct

15  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where was bignosemac today, 10th March 2019? on: March 10, 2019, 07:49:50 pm
Combepyne Viaduct, near Lyme Regis?
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