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 on: Yesterday at 11:32:18 pm 
Started by Marlburian - Last post by Reading General
I just took a look at that, I had no idea about that feature, thanks. The gate is immediately to the west of the line on the road where the tarmac changes (normally a good indication of a boundary in modern times) so I would agree and say that this was that path and that the space to the east inside the boundary is the potential trolley terminus site.  . Zooming in and the path space behind looks to be slightly lower than the surrounding land but not that deep, filled to a point perhaps if it was a subway. This gives a good indication of where the opposite side of the subway (if it existed) was. I might take a look next week as to what I can see to the west of the pillbox.

Additional: The old maps site has started working for me. The 1967 1:2.500 map for that area shows the tunnel under the railway from Purley Park to the Church in greater detail plus a track across the site of the marina. What looked like a wall on other maps is marked as a drain on this one. The piece of wasteland where the potential subway was is shown and the boundary doesn't run along the edge of this land it runs through the middle suggesting that quite possibly this site still hasn't been built on. I think that gate is still there amongst those bushes. Time will tell.

 on: Yesterday at 10:17:45 pm 
Started by Marlburian - Last post by stuving
That's it, that's the one I saw. It's finally loaded. It looks to me like it's dropping into a cutting but yes, without the lines either side, faded or missing it suggests an embankment too. It's just over the boundary and today, it looks like a house might be on that site now. Does anybody fancy sticking their head into the bushes beside the house to have a look? Grin

If you look at the old Street View pictures on Google Maps, there's one where the vegetation alongside Oxford Road has been hacked right back. That reveals two gate posts, and what could be a gate, just where I reckon that track would come out. It's roughly halfway between the boundary line and the drive into what was than a bungalow miles back from the road (and has since, with its neighbour, been replaced by a small suburb).

You can't see any further than the rising ground immediately next to the fence, so it may or may not dip down behind that. But nothing on the maps, nor Google Earth's terrain heights, suggests it does - apart from that "subway" label!

 on: Yesterday at 09:20:31 pm 
Started by grahame - Last post by TM
Well it has been 7 years since the last dividend.  So while they intend to maximise returns to shareholders I don't think they will be getting anything anytime soon !

 on: Yesterday at 08:53:54 pm 
Started by Marlburian - Last post by Marlburian
Anyone in the locality might also like to stroll around the old towing path - still a right-of-way - to where it ends at Roebuck Ferry Cottage., just to if there's evidence of the subway there (as per my theory above that it might have a long time ago serviced the ferry). I did go up that way decades ago and recall it was a narrow path with tall vegetation of its southerly side.

One can gauge here the height from the towing pat h to Oxford Road.

Come to think of it, the subway might have been designed to enable stores to be delivered  to the cottage. As far as I can make out, the only access is along that path or by  boat.

Recent photo

I have just emailed Project Purley, inviting its comments on our deliberations.

 on: Yesterday at 07:45:53 pm 
Started by Marlburian - Last post by Reading General
That's it, that's the one I saw. It's finally loaded. It looks to me like it's dropping into a cutting but yes, without the lines either side, faded or missing it suggests an embankment too. It's just over the boundary and today, it looks like a house might be on that site now. Does anybody fancy sticking their head into the bushes beside the house to have a look? Grin

 on: Yesterday at 06:08:57 pm 
Started by Marlburian - Last post by stuving
Did you see that the 1:2500 map of 1879 (or maybe the next one, it's hard to be sure) shows the path running north-westwards to the road, parallel to the boundary line, as rising on an embankment? That's not compatible with the current topography either. And the 6" 1879 map on nls (and some others) have the word "End." (I think) where the boundary crosses the road ... though it's not the end of anything as far as I can see.

Amazing how much there is to think about in maps of a tiny bit of nowhere in particular, isn't it?

 on: Yesterday at 05:41:39 pm 
Started by infoman - Last post by SandTEngineer
Formal investigation by RAIB announced:

Investigation into a passenger train collision with a derailed locomotive near Bromsgrove station, Worcestershire, 23 March 2020

Published 3 April 2020
From: Rail Accident Investigation Branch

At about 22:43 hrs on Monday 23 March 2020, a 3-coach class 170 passenger train, operating the 21:05 Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street service, was approaching Bromsgrove station when it collided with a class 66 locomotive that had become derailed at the end of a siding. The passenger train suffered significant damage along the side of all three vehicles, although it remained on the track and did not derail. There were 4 passengers and 2 crew on board the passenger train and none reported any injuries.

The locomotive had just travelled from Bescot to Bromsgrove, to act as a banking locomotive required to assist heavy freight trains up the 1 in 37 Lickey incline to the north of the station. It derailed as it ran through the buffers at the end of the siding adjacent to the mainline, and stopped with its front left corner foul of northbound trains. The driver of the locomotive was not injured in the collision, although the locomotive suffered damage to the corner of the leading cab.

Our investigation will identify the sequence of events which led to the accident. It will also consider any factors relevant to operation of the locomotive, how the risk of overrun within the siding was controlled and any relevant underlying factors.

Our investigation is independent of any investigation by the railway industry or by the industry’s regulator, the Office of Rail and Road.

We will publish our findings, including any recommendations to improve safety, at the conclusion of our investigation. This report will be available on our website.

 on: Yesterday at 04:55:11 pm 
Started by grahame - Last post by froome
SWR are now saying everything's fine - and today is Railway Day!

On RTT, no train via Swanwick between the delayed 7:57 from BRI (passing at 8:12) and the 9:09 PSM-SOU (on time). Three services lost plus a couple returning later, but no GWR ones.

But that pints failure diversion is late tonight, so probably unconnected - looks more like mending something that's being adequately worked around during today?

Is that something to do with all pubs being closed?  Grin

 on: Yesterday at 04:50:10 pm 
Started by Marlburian - Last post by Reading General
Next to the site of the subway, on the southern side, I believe there was a patch of land owned by the Corporation that was to have become the site of a trolleybus turning circle discussed and planned before and after World War two. What might have been always interests me too.

 on: Yesterday at 04:34:42 pm 
Started by Marlburian - Last post by Reading General
I'm sure one of the maps I've seen shows the 'cutting' down to subway on the southern side but I can't get the Old Maps website to work properly at the moment. Perhaps it wasn't on there, I do wish I would learn make a note of things when I discover information. I certainly remember having a quick look a couple of years back, convinced that there would be evidence but I'm not sure where I got the idea from.

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