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« on: September 14, 2019, 01:05:37 pm »

Since BNM got grahame's recent quiz rather quickly, here's one from me. No clues to start with.

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« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2019, 04:03:46 pm »

Hmmm, what looks like a foot/cycle path on an old railway embankment with an access to what appears to be a rather empty car park with perhaps just one vehicle in sight. The Squirrelmobile?

A bit of a gradient on what I take is the old railway embankment. Somewhere along Linear Park, Bath?

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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2019, 12:33:16 pm »

Hmmm, what looks like a foot/cycle path on an old railway embankment with an access to what appears to be a rather empty car park with perhaps just one vehicle in sight. The Squirrelmobile?

Actually I has standing astride the Squirrelmobile as I took the photo. The parking area is a small one for local residents.

A bit of a gradient on what I take is the old railway embankment. Somewhere along Linear Park, Bath?

Not S&D, and not Bath. The old railway was single track running over the bridge uphill from left to right.
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« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2019, 03:08:28 pm »


....... running over the bridge uphill from left to right.

Uphill, L to R?  It looks the other way in the photo. Optical illusion? It also looks as steep a gradient as a normal railway can cope with.
Hilly, wooded perhaps and old railway lines? Sort of describes the Forest of Dean?
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« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2019, 03:25:41 pm »

Are we in the Mangotsfield area?
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« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2019, 03:42:39 pm »


....... running over the bridge uphill from left to right.

Uphill, L to R?  It looks the other way in the photo. Optical illusion? It also looks as steep a gradient as a normal railway can cope with.
Hilly, wooded perhaps and old railway lines? Sort of describes the Forest of Dean?

It was a 1 in 60 gradient. I agree that it looks the other way round, but trains going up hill passed from left to right over this bridge. Despite appearances, it's a suburban location.

Are we in the Mangotsfield area?

Not really. The line was part of the GWR network. According to Google, it's about 12.3km from Mangotsfield Station by bicycle; you could cover a decent chunk of the route on off-road paths along former railway lines...
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« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2019, 04:29:08 pm »

Sticking my neck out, Bristol to Bath Railway Path at Saltford?

Edit: Oops, just reread the clue and the railway path in question wasn't GWR so back to drawing board.
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« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2019, 04:35:18 pm »

Somewhere on the former North Somerset line from Frome to North Somerset Junction in the Stockwood area cos that's the only closed GWR network single line I can think of 12.3 Km from Mangotsfield in a suburban area, now prove otherwise !!!!
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« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2019, 06:13:55 pm »

Whitchurch cyclepath, north end?
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« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2019, 06:25:21 pm »

Whitchurch cyclepath, north end?

Isn't that the same as Stockwood cylclepath south end ?  Undecided
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« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2019, 06:54:59 pm »

Somewhere on the former North Somerset line from Frome to North Somerset Junction in the Stockwood area cos that's the only closed GWR network single line I can think of 12.3 Km from Mangotsfield in a suburban area, now prove otherwise !!!!

Yup, that's it! Near Davids Road; go through the arch to get to Sturminster Road.

There were no trees here in 1968 or thereabouts, when a young squirrel scrambled up onto the embankment and skipped along the sleeper impressions in the ballast, wondering where the track had gone...  I did however find this:



If I live long enough to see the B&NS reinstated as part of a link between Bristol and Bournemouth, I promise I'll let them have it back.
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