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by rogerfarnworth
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: The Tanat Valley Light Railway
Replies: 0
Views: 28

The Tanat Valley Light Railway

In August 2019 my wife and I belated celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary by having a few days away. We chose to stay West of Llanymynech in the Welsh Borders. While we were there we travelled the length of the Tanat Valley, following as closely as we could the route of the old Light Railway. Muc...
by rogerfarnworth
Mon Sep 16, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Abandoned Railways and Cyclepaths
Replies: 6
Views: 120

Re: Abandoned Railways and Cyclepaths

I will look that book out!
by rogerfarnworth
Mon Sep 16, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Railways and Tramways in the Forest of Dean
Replies: 22
Views: 991

Re: Railways and Tramways in the Forest of Dean

Another Forest of Dean Colliery. .... Flour Mill Colliery. ...

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2017/09/30/th ... l-colliery
by rogerfarnworth
Sun Sep 15, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Railways and Tramways in the Forest of Dean
Replies: 22
Views: 991

Re: Railways and Tramways in the Forest of Dean

My wife and I stay in the Forest of Dean most years. September 2019 was no exception. We stayed in a cottage close to what were Cannop and Speech House Collieries which were both rail served when they were active collieries. I have already posted about Cannop Colliery as part of this series of posts...
by rogerfarnworth
Sun Sep 15, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Railways and Tramways in the Forest of Dean
Replies: 22
Views: 991

Re: Railways and Tramways in the Forest of Dean

The industrial history of the Forest of Dean is such that the intensity of activity was high throughout the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. Innovation was rife and nowhere was this more true than in its transport infrastructure. In, what history will ultimately regard as, a very...
by rogerfarnworth
Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Abandoned Railways and Cyclepaths
Replies: 6
Views: 120

Abandoned Railways and Cyclepaths

The Guardian carried an article on 31st August 2019 about old rail routes being used as cycleways. It suggested the 10 best routes where old railway formations are in use as cycleways. Theirs is not the only list of routes which seeks to provide a "Top Ten." I have pulled together a few ex...
by rogerfarnworth
Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Railways and Tramways in the Forest of Dean
Replies: 22
Views: 991

Re: Railways and Tramways in the Forest of Dean

The Guardian carried an article on 31st August 2019 about old rail routes being used as cycleways. It suggested the 10 best routes where old railway formations are in use as cycleways. Theirs is not the only list of routes which seeks to provide a "Top Ten." I have pulled together a few ex...
by rogerfarnworth
Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Metre-Gauge Railways in Provence - the Central Var Line
Replies: 28
Views: 855

Re: Metre-Gauge Railways in Provence - the Central Var Line

I am working on completing a book about the Central Var line of Les Chemins de Fer du Sud de la France. About 75% of the way through the work now and reviewing my post of the length of the line to the West of Sillans-la-Cascade. I have realised that I omitted an important element of this section of ...
by rogerfarnworth
Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Skelton Junction
Replies: 0
Views: 64

Skelton Junction

What makes a good post? I am not exactly sure. Many of mine are somewhat self-indulgent. I see something I want to investigate and I write about it. ... There are older threads about Skelton Junction and surrounding lines on http://www.railforums.co.uk which I reference towards the end of this post....
by rogerfarnworth
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: The Shropshire & Montgomeryshire Light Railway and the MoD Nesscliffe Training Area
Replies: 5
Views: 265

Re: The Shropshire & Montgomeryshire Light Railway and the MoD Nesscliffe Training Area

This is probably my last post on the S&MLR. It covers the line and the military depots that it served from 1941 until it closure in the very early 1960s.

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/08/12/th ... pot-part-2
by rogerfarnworth
Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: The Shropshire & Montgomeryshire Light Railway and the MoD Nesscliffe Training Area
Replies: 5
Views: 265

Re: The Shropshire & Montgomeryshire Light Railway and the MoD Nesscliffe Training Area

Colonel Stephens loved to experiment. Railmotors were a particular theme. He bought a series of Ford Railmotors for his different light railways. One set was purchased for the Shropshire and Montgomeryshire Light Railway. This post provides an introduction to these small vehicles: http://rogerfarnwo...
by rogerfarnworth
Sat Jul 27, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: The Shropshire & Montgomeryshire Light Railway and the MoD Nesscliffe Training Area
Replies: 5
Views: 265

Re: The Shropshire & Montgomeryshire Light Railway and the MoD Nesscliffe Training Area

Gazelle is known to have taken charge of two different coaches in its time on the Shropshire & Montgomeryshire Light Railway. The first was a cut down version of a London Horse Tram. The second used the same chassis with a body from a Wolseley-Siddeley Railcar which Colonel Stephens first used o...
by rogerfarnworth
Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: The Shropshire & Montgomeryshire Light Railway and the MoD Nesscliffe Training Area
Replies: 5
Views: 265

Re: The Shropshire & Montgomeryshire Light Railway and the MoD Nesscliffe Training Area

The next post in this series links the place I grew up during teenage years with the Shropshire & Montgomeryshire Light Railway. 'Gazelle' was made in King's Lynn and has had an interesting history!

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/07/21/gazelle
by rogerfarnworth
Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: King's Lynn
Replies: 11
Views: 878

Re: King's Lynn

One of the directors of the Docks and Harbour Railways in King's Lynn was William Burkitt, a self-made local business man who had the means to order his own locomotive from Alfred Dodman & Company of Kings Lynn. The loco was named 'Gazelle'. This is the story of that locomotive. It pulls, Colone...
by rogerfarnworth
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: The West Clare Railway
Replies: 7
Views: 446

Re: The West Clare Railway

This is my final post about the West Clare Railway. I hope that you have enjoyed the series.

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/07/16/th ... miscellany

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