Wednesday, 29 October 2014

From Worcester Foregate Street to Hereford, 20th - 22nd October 2014

173332 passes Tunnel Junction's outer home TJ20, and Henwick's up starter HK5 with Shrub Hill's fixed distant. 
180102 departs from Foregate Street with signal off for Shrub Hill.
 Henwick, on the outskirts of Worcester is where the lines for Tunnel Junction and Shrub Hill split, running as two parallel bi-directional lines through Foregate Street station. This is a McKenzie & Holland type 1 box from about 1875.
Malvern Wells is a GWR type 7d box built in 1919.
Ledbury is a McKenzie and Holland type 3 box from 1885.
 170632 has run south from platform 1 and will return to platform 3 at Hereford. Proposals exist to allow trains of up to 5 coaches depart from the arrival platform, eliminating these moves.
Hereford (formerly Ayleston Hill), a LNWR / GWR Joint type 2 box. This contains a frame and controls for colour lights over a wider area.

60001 was also seen while at Hereford, on a 6M86 09:23 Margam to Dee Marsh operation.

Further information upon: Henwick - Newland East - Malvern Wells - Ledbury - Hereford

Sunday, 26 October 2014

GWR at the Watercress Line Autumn Steam Gala, 25th October 2014

5029 Nunney Castle departs Ropley.
1450 at Alresford.
1954 built auto-trailer W238W Chaffinch at Alresford.
 4270 departing Ropley - newly restored this year for running on the Glos Warks Railway.
6959 Modified Hall class 6960 Raveningham Hall arriving at Ropley.

Further pictures on OneDrive including workshops, and the SR, LMS and BR locomotives.

Further picture coverage: one two three four five six

All of these locomotive types could once be seen in the areas around Worcester and Hereford.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

20th - 25th October 2014

Monday 20th October: 56301 + 56303 6Y57 04:05 Wimbledon - Totton; 73138 + 73141 1Q07 05:55 Hither Green - Fawley - Woking one two; 37405 3Z05 10:31 Derby - Eastleigh one two three four, 3Q08 21:51 Eastleigh - Basingstoke - Salisbury - Romsey - Eastleigh - Romsey - Salisbury - Hither Green; 57312 0Z68 12:30 Eastleigh Willesden one two; 56301 + 56303 6Y57 22:32 Totton - Gomshall
Tuesday 21st October: 56301 + 56303 6Y57 05:05 Gomshall - Totton, 21:59 Totton - Gomshall; 73138 + 73141 1Q04 08:11 Woking - Alton - Eastleigh Works one two three four five
Wednesday 22nd October: 56301 + 56303 6Y57 05:05 Gomshall - Totton, 22:32 Totton - Chilworth; 73138 + 73141 1Q04 06:45 Eastleigh - Weymouth - Eastleigh one two
Thursday 23rd October: 56301 + 56303 6Y57 05:00 Chilworth - Totton, 21:59 Totton - Gomshall; 73138 + 73141 1Q04 0712 Eastleigh - Hither Green
Friday 24th October: 56301 + 56303 6Y57 05:05 Gomshall - Totton
Saturday 25th October: 56301 + 56303 6Y57 23:45 Totton - Allbrook; 60049 6N07 20:38 Eastleigh - Laverstock - Basingstoke
Sunday 26th October: 56301 + 56303 6Y57 20:09 St Denys - Totton

Droitwich, 21st October 2014

170509 heads a train bound for Birmingham New Street via Bromsgrove - with signal DS11 off. These signals now have modern health & safety access arrangements,
Signal DS8. It seems unlikely that the goods loop splitter (DS10)will be used, as the siding is heavily overgrown.
DS9 for Hartlebury and Kidderminster and DS11 for Bromsgrove.
 The layout at Droitwich Spa with 172336 arriving from the single line from Bromsgove. The train is passing the up starter DS71, which was relocated from a right hand driving position, Careful inspection shows the catch points, just on this side of the foot crossing at the signalbox which is a GWR Type 7d from 1907, still operating with its original frame.
172337 arrives from Hartlebury with a train for Worcester Foregate Street.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Stourbridge Junction and Town, 21st October 2014

The Colas 37s were out on the daytime 3S02 RHTT duty, covering for MPVs. Sharpo has a video posted of this movement, standing alongside me (and my shadow) at Stourbridge Jct. For 37175 it's a long way from leaving Bo'ness.

37219 on the rear. This sat at the Campbell Road side of Eastleigh Depot for some years, in faded Mainline Blue.
66172 with 6M81 04:46 Margam - Round Oak.
66018 with 6V05 10:16 Round Oak - Margam. A further video from Sharpo.
Stourbridge Jc Middle Signalbox, a Great Western 7b box of 1901. The box was taken out of use in August 2012 but the structure is retained as a mess facility.
172333 with 2V20 10:46 Dorridge - Worcester Foregate St
Parry People Mover PPM 60 139002 comes off the branch from Stourbridge Town.
139002 at Stourbridge Town.

More pictures on OneDrive.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Worcester Shrub Hill, 20th October 2014

A visit to "The Worcester Patch" to see the signals and operations here, which are expected to change significantly in 2020 when the signalling is centralised.

Worcester Shrub Hill is a shadow of its former self, there are many more passenger journeys at Foregate Street. A new Worcester Parkway station is proposed for the point near Norton Bridge and Spetchley where the Oxford, Worcester & Wolverhampton line crosses the Birmingham and Gloucester.

180106 departs from Shrub Hill past signal SH10 with 1P38 08:38 to Paddington (delayed and with cancelled start from Great Malvern)
A view looking south past Worcester Shrub Hill Station box (GWR Type 11 box of 1935) towards Norton Bridge Junction. Freight Avoiding Lines to the far left are still in use.
Until 1973 this was the area controlled by Worcester Shrub Hill Junction.
180102 departs from Shrub Hill for Great Malvern with 1W12 06:48 from Paddington, running 5 minutes late.
Signal SH80 is believed to be the last working survivor of a "banjo" signal.
43187 arrives with 1W00 08:22 Paddington - Hereford.

More pictures on One Drive.

For more information on the Worcester signalling: 
On Worcester Parkway: one two three

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, 19th October 2014

D5343 (26043) at Toddington.
37215 and D8137 (20137) at Toddington.
7820 Dinmore Manor (BR Swindon, 1950) departing Toddington.
7820 awaiting the DMU at Winchcombe.
 7820 running around at Cheltenham.
47105 and 47376 at Toddington.
More pictures at OneDrive.

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