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Supplement to West Gloucester & Wye Valley Lines

Supplement to West Gloucester & Wye Valley Lines
You DO NOT need to purchase this volume if you have the Second Edition of the main volume

Neil Parkhouse

48 pages. 275x215mm. Printed on gloss art paper, casebound with printed board covers.

ISBN13 : 9781911038399


For the first half of the 20th century Midland Railway designs provided the bulk of the motive power with ‘2P’ 4-4-0s, 0-4-4Ts, ‘3F’ and ‘4F’ 0-6-0s, ‘3F’ 0-6-0Ts the mainstays together with the Somerset & Dorset’s own iconic ‘7F’ 2-8-0s. After 1930 LM&SR versions of the Midland Railway types arrived together with a handful of Stanier Class ‘5’ 4-6-0s. In the early 1950s came Ivatt Class ‘2’ 2-6-2Ts and for a short time, SR Bulleid Pacifics, before the first of several classes of BR Standards arrived, culminating in the use of ‘9F’ 2-10-0s in the summers of 1960-62; GWR ‘2251’ 0-6-0s and pannier tanks appeared after the Western Region takeover in 1958. After through services ended in 1962 Standard Class ‘4’ 2-6-4Ts and Ivatt 2-6-2Ts saw out the final years until closure in March 1966.

Supplement to West Gloucester & Wye Valley Lines - Sample Images

sample book illustration
Whilst graced by few passengers, Grange Court Junction must have been a wonderful location to watch and photograph the plethora of passing trains. Here, on a summer's day circa 1964, an unidentified but heavily work-stained '9F' 2-10-0 rumbles through on the Down main line with a lengthy mixed freight bound for South Wales. The locomotive's smokebox numberplate is almost decipherable and it might be No. 72070, which between June 1963 and March 1965 was a Leicester Midland based engine. NPC
sample book illustration
A stunning view of the railway from above the western portal of Fawley Tunnel on 16th May 1964, with the line heading over Ballingham Bridge towards the station in the centre distance. The signal in the foreground is the Fawley Distant, which was permanently fixed at caution. Tim Stephens