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Author Topic: Weymouth tramway-the final curtain?  (Read 4280 times)
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« Reply #15 on: October 22, 2020, 08:36:28 am »

Photo in Dorset Echo website

https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/18812515.road-reopens-weymouth-rail-tracks-removed/

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« Reply #16 on: October 23, 2020, 07:00:30 am »


Not much of an epitaph, but there it is, gone.
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« Reply #17 on: October 23, 2020, 11:24:38 am »

Not much of an epitaph, but there it is, gone.

A great example of the keyboard warriors that every newspaper of every town has contributing comments to their articles.  They all seem to live in the place that has the most corrupt officials, least competent workmen, and lots of other views that were clearly deemed too controversial and had to be deleted.
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« Reply #18 on: October 23, 2020, 01:20:40 pm »

The photo shown in the Dorset Echo only shows the first phase of the work which has been recently completed. The remainder of the job towards Weymouth Quay will take several more weeks. The area along the quay may also prove more challenging (with some concreted sections) and "should" include the removal of various loops and sidings which have been part buried for some years and lie away from the main running line. 
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« Reply #19 on: October 23, 2020, 10:22:22 pm »

A great example of the keyboard warriors that every newspaper of every town has contributing comments to their articles.  They all seem to live in the place that has the most corrupt officials, least competent workmen, and lots of other views that were clearly deemed too controversial and had to be deleted.

I get the impression that a story about a broken electric toaster would elicit much the same comments from the same darkened box-rooms. Entertainment must be hard to come by in that neck of the woods, since the Olympics left.
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« Reply #20 on: October 23, 2020, 10:58:47 pm »

A great example of the keyboard warriors that every newspaper of every town has contributing comments to their articles.  They all seem to live in the place that has the most corrupt officials, least competent workmen, and lots of other views that were clearly deemed too controversial and had to be deleted.

I get the impression that a story about a broken electric toaster would elicit much the same comments from the same darkened box-rooms. Entertainment must be hard to come by in that neck of the woods, since the Olympics left.

They have had a bad recent history in Weymouth, after the navy base closed, the the ferry moved to poole, Winfrith nucler reserch was moved, as well as the demise of Eldridge Pope in nearby Dorchester, which was not only a brewery, but a major canning plant for all sorts of customers, been for a tour, was a large local employer, so I do have some sympathy for West Dorset. A great place to set up a white goods manufacturing plant, after we have to pay tarrifs for European imports next year.
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« Reply #21 on: October 25, 2020, 09:19:18 am »

As I was born in Weymouth, but raised in our quayside house, I'm wondering whether Dad has any slides of trains running in front of the house.  Never been through his slides, too many of them.
He always talked about the trains running past, with the added vibrations.
A major job for retirement perhaps..
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« Reply #22 on: October 25, 2020, 10:33:35 am »

I've heard no report or suggestion of the lifted rails being perhaps donated to a heritage railway somewhere.  It might sugar the pill a little for some of those most upset by what has happened.

On a personal note, I have walked along the line when I visited Weymouth a few years ago and like anywhere else with "road rails" I thought they added historic and architectural interest to the town..but that's just me.  It's unfortunate that they were perceived as a hazard. I did wonder if some simple filling of the gap could have been a cheaper remedy. It looks like the rotting sleeper fear was unfounded as from what I've seen they were made of concrete....oh well!
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« Reply #23 on: October 25, 2020, 12:22:00 pm »

I've heard no report or suggestion of the lifted rails being perhaps donated to a heritage railway somewhere.  It might sugar the pill a little for some of those most upset by what has happened.

In my limited experience of removing tram old lines from under roads removing them intact may well have been more expensive than removing them in small chunks.
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« Reply #24 on: October 25, 2020, 03:16:00 pm »

I've heard no report or suggestion of the lifted rails being perhaps donated to a heritage railway somewhere.  It might sugar the pill a little for some of those most upset by what has happened.

In my limited experience of removing tram old lines from under roads removing them intact may well have been more expensive than removing them in small chunks.

They are double rails with only a specific use within a roadway, presumably carried in special chairs.  Is it likely anywhere in the heritage world would need this particular type of rail rather than ?normal? rail?

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« Reply #25 on: October 25, 2020, 04:47:16 pm »

The best way to reuse any rail recovered from a roadway is via a blast furnace. Blackpool had to get rid of the original lines, buried for 80 years, to build the extension to North Station. Manchester had similar issues in places.
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