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Swanage Railway

https://www.flickr.com/photos/figgis-minor/15205914650/

 

a view of the Swanage railway. On Flickr you can probably see that the locomotive in the background is a Bullied Pacific. I think it was Manston a Battle of Britain class. These were a lighter version of the Merchant navy class locomotives. The latter were all modified during their lifetime. The most obvious visual sign being the removal of the air smoothing casing. Very few of the smaller WC and BB class engines were modified and retained their casing throughout their life. 

 

When I was a trainspotting kid the WC and BB engines were often seen at Exeter St David's Station but the Merchan Navy only ever came into Central station. They were too heavy (so I was told) to come down the incline between the two stations.

 

For the princely sum of sixpence (21/2p) we could travel up the incline from St David's to Exeter Central and wait in the hope of seeing a Merchant Navy come in. 

Swanage Railway

https://www.flickr.com/photos/figgis-minor/15205914650/

 

a view of the Swanage railway. On Flickr you can probably see that the locomotive in the background is a Bullied Pacific. I think it was Manston a Battle of Britain class. These were a lighter version of the Merchant navy class locomotives. The latter were all modified during their lifetime. The most obvious visual sign being the removal of the air smoothing casing. Very few of the smaller WC and BB class engines were modified and retained their casing throughout their life. 

 

When I was a trainspotting kid the WC and BB engines were often seen at Exeter St David's Station but the Merchan Navy only ever came into Central station. They were too heavy (so I was told) to come down the incline between the two stations.

 

For the princely sum of sixpence (21/2p) we could travel up the incline from St David's to Exeter Central and wait in the hope of seeing a Merchant Navy come in. 

comments (15)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 13 Nov 2014, 00:38
Your anecdote seems to be in a strange language, Bill, but your illustration is gorgeous and evidently about a railway workshop.
Bill Phillips: It is Anorak English Ray
I like looking down the tracks!
Bill Phillips: Wondering where they may lead
  • gutteridge
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 13 Nov 2014, 04:01
This looks like a real working place Brian. Of course it is but it conveys a great feel.
Bill Phillips: It is Tiff
  • gutteridge
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 13 Nov 2014, 04:07
When I say Briam I mean of course our very own Billiam. Sorry , had a bit much to drink tonight.
Bill Phillips: When I say Tiff, of course I mean the wandering Chad
A very nice and colourful perspective Bill!
Bill Phillips: Thanks Richard. It is a delightful little line
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 13 Nov 2014, 06:42
I see there the trainspotting kid Bill!
Bill Phillips: Haha it was a long long time ago Philine
  • Chris
  • England
  • 13 Nov 2014, 07:01
This is re-birth pure & simple. I remember being here in the 1970s with no trace of railway whatever, except for the loco shed
Bill Phillips: They have done a great job then
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 13 Nov 2014, 07:09
A little bit of bustle, Bill
Bill Phillips: Nothing like a bit of bustle Lisl
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Nov 2014, 08:08
Looks like the sort of place that men with big hammers keep the lovely old steam locos running. When they fail, though, the trusty diesel is ready to come to the rescue. The BB and WC loocos used to run the Bournemouth - London service through Southampton in pre-Scumsville days.
Bill Phillips: I think the old BB and Wc used to break down quite a lot
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Nov 2014, 08:51
Your treatment makes it look a lot like a train set - not a bad thing. Filters, focus or a twiddle app?
Bill Phillips: Twiddle Mike HDR actually
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Nov 2014, 09:45
Nice shot, almost has that tilt and shift model look
Bill Phillips: It does a bit. Must be the ivy in the foreground
There's a lot going on here Bill even a churchyard in the background
Bill Phillips: It is a big one too Janet
A fine shot Bill and what memories. At the same age my friend and I used to catch the train to Hitchin and hope to see the A4's in particular but also the A1's, 2's and 3's.
Bill Phillips: It was mainly Castles, Halls and the occasional King for me
I like the anorak English, Bill - growing up on a railway station I never had the slightest interest in trains smile
Bill Phillips: If you had grown up in a brewery...............
Impressed by all this train speak Bill, a subject I know but little about.
Bill Phillips: I know little compared to the likes of Chris, Brian and one or two others

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