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West Somerset Coast Explorer, 14 April 2007 : 22 photos of a Compass tour from Preston to Bishops Lydeard on the West Somerset Rly, hauled by 47853 and 47847.

West Somerset Coast Explorer, 14 Apri...


22 photos of a Compass tour from Preston to Bishops Lydeard on the Wes ...

Updated: Jun 09, 2011 11:53pm PST

Die Rhatische Bahn 2009 : Pictures from my first encounter with the Rhatische Bahn which, I'm almost ashamed to say had to wait until 2009 and my renewed interest in all things narrow gauge.

Die Rhatische Bahn 2009


Pictures from my first encounter with the Rhatische Bahn which, I'm al ...

Updated: Jun 09, 2011 11:52pm PST

Part 8: Trackbed & Remains: The MoD Connection : When goods trains to & from Gosport were axed in 1969, the line was completely closed, with the exception of the Holbrook to Fareham section, which was retained for one reason, and one reason only: the Royal Navy Armaments Depots (RNAD) at Bedenham and Frater were joined by an extensive internal railway system which extended  to Priddys Hard RNAD, the line to which passed through the public domain in Elson. The system, which also served the RN establishment at Fleetlands, was worked by a couple (at least) of diesel shunters (Ruston & Hornsby?); originally all internal traffic had neccesitated the use of fireless steam locos, purely because of the nature of both the loads moved and the environment (explosives). The whole MoD system connected with the Gosport-Fareham line at Frater Gates. Between Frater Gates and the junction at Holbrook, the track was doubled, forming a loop, whereby any loco, whether MoD or BR, could run round its load, and be replaced by the other, if you get my drift. The Fareham-Gosport line was kept open as far as a couple of hundred yards or so south of the Bednham junction; this was to enable the whole train to be able to fit in the section before it was reversed onto the Frater line. In latter years, the once a week (if required) service was operated by Classes 33, 47, and 73, although I have photos of a pair of Class 20/9 diesels at each end of the Chipman's Weedkilling Train, which visited the branch on 15th June 1989, although, rather oddly, they didn't bother with the Frater loop. This batch of photographs concentrates largely on the short loop between Frater and Holbrook, with one photo of a very rudimentary MoD level crossing gate near Monks Walk, on the trackbed of the Priddys Hard line in Elson (since converted to a public road - Heritage Way). Since I took the earliest photos of the Frater-Holbrook section, the trackwork between Forest Way and Holbrook has been lifted, but the last time I looked (Christmas Day 2010), the track south of Forest Way was still in position, effectively making it the last original track left in Gosport. Photos in this section cover a wider timescale than some others, and cover several changes over a period of time; updates will be added if/when they occur, or when I notice them.

Part 8: Trackbed & Remains: The MoD C...

Dave Rowland

When goods trains to & from Gosport were axed in 1969, the line was co ...

Updated: Jun 09, 2011 11:39am PST

Part 7: Trackbed & Remains: Fort Brockhurst Halt to Bridgemary : The line north from Fort Brockhurst to Fareham was almost dead straight, and originally involved the level crossing in Military Road (and MUCH later a crossing in Newgate Lane), with road overbridges at Rowner Road, Tichborne Way, Brewers Lane, and Gregson Avenue. The railway bridged the road at Cunningham Drive (actually just a broad footpath), Wych Lane (Bridgemary - recently demolished), Newgate Lane (demolished in 2010), and Redlands Lane, Fareham, before joining the main line, where all tracks crossed the A27 on the notorious Fareham Arch, replaced in the 70s. I've not managed to photograph anything further north than Gregson Avenue bridge, as the line north from there largely backed onto private gardens, and/or was on an embankment, and/or was heavily overgrown. Unfortunately, the rail overbridge at Wych Lane was demolished before I'd had a chance to photograph it - I didn't know it was scheduled for demolition. It was an awful bottleneck though, and VERY prone to flooding - there was actually a water level gauge marker on the bridge! It's being filled in, and will be at the same level as the elevated bus lane, traffic lights will control flows. Anyhow, this collection consists of photos taken on, or near, the trackbed between Fort Brockhurst station and Gregson Avenue bridge. Most of these photos were taken in March & December 2009, most subsequent photos of the section north of Holbrook will appear in a section concentrating on how work is progressing converting a railway into a busway. Likewise, this collection only touches on the section of track from Holbrook to Bedenham, where the whole of the MoD railway system (connecting Royal Navy Armaments Depot (RNAD) yards at Frater, Fleetlands and Priddys Hard) connected with the BR rail network; some this short section of track is still in place (June 2011), but some has now been removed, and this too will have it's own collection of photos.

Part 7: Trackbed & Remains: Fort Broc...

Dave Rowland

The line north from Fort Brockhurst to Fareham was almost dead straigh ...

Updated: Jun 09, 2011 11:18am PST

Part 10: Track to Tarmac: Conversion to the Busway : After a number of legal injunctions prevented work continuing on turning the Gosport (Holbrook)-Fareham trackbed into a dedicated busway, all obstacles have now been overcome (surprise surprise), and work has progressed considerably. All vegetation and relevant trackwork has been removed, and an access road to the busway close to the Hoeford bus depot has been constructed. Rail overbridges at (what was formerly) Newgate Lane and Wych Way have been demolished; at Wych Way, this entails a land infill to build up the roadway to the embankment level (which will solve the flooding problems), in the meantime all traffic, and bus routes through Bridgemary, have to endure circuitous and lengthy rerouting. This group of photos will be concentrating on the progress of the work (as and when I get to photograph it), and comparative shots (before/after, etc). Whatever the outcome of the busway, and/or its start/finish point in/near Gosport, I fear that it won't make one miniscule, tiny jot of difference to the appalling traffic problems encountered daily on the A32 between Gosport and Fareham, particularly in "rush hours" (that's a joke...).

Part 10: Track to Tarmac: Conversion ...

Dave Rowland

After a number of legal injunctions prevented work continuing on turni ...

Updated: Jun 09, 2011 1:33am PST

Part 9: Some Trains, Fareham, and Other Locations :

Part 9: Some Trains, Fareham, and Oth...

Dave Rowland

Updated: Jun 08, 2011 1:34pm PST

Part 6: Trackbed & Remains: The Stokes Bay Branch : The Stokes Bay branch originally ran from Gosport station to Stokes Bay Pier, with an intermediate station at Gosport Road (situated in a cutting just west of where The White Hart Inn is now, in Stoke Road). It involved the eastern section of the triangle (covered in Part 5), through a cutting from Daisy Lane to near Stoke Road (mostly now Bury Close), where Gosport Road station was situated, then past Workhouse Creek to Alver Creek, crossing it via the viaduct (which became known locally as Jackie Spencer's Bridge for ever - Jackie Spencer was the gatekeeper of the level crossing which marked the meeting point of Park Road and Little Anglesey Road), under a road bridge at Clayhall Road (Clayhall Arch), through Anglesey to Fort Road, from where an embankment was built to reach Stokes Bay Pier, with the golf course on the east side, and (later) an Army camp on the right, crossing the connecting road over a bridge towards the pier itself. The western side of the triangle was a later addition, being opened on 1st June 1865, when a new junction at Lees Lane joined the Stokes Bay branch just north of Daisy Lane; this enabled trains from Bishopstoke (Eastleigh) to travel directly to Stokes Bay without having to reverse at Gosport station. Nothing at all remains from Anglesey Road; the pier was demolished in the 70s, the embankment by the golf course was levelled, and the two bridges were demolished. The cutting at Gosport Road station was filled in, and the Stoke Road overbridge demolished many years back. These photos cover the surviving trackbed (again, mostly still in existence as a cycleway & footpath) from Clayhall to Stoke Road, and all photos here were taken on the 12th October 2009.

Part 6: Trackbed & Remains: The Stoke...

Dave Rowland

The Stokes Bay branch originally ran from Gosport station to Stokes Ba ...

Updated: Jun 07, 2011 7:26am PST

El Hullero – metre gauge freight in Northern Spain : The FEVE – Spain’s nationalised narrow gauge railway operator – still carries plenty of heavy freight traffic over its network in the provinces of Northern Spain. Following my brief encounter with the FEVE in April I planned a return, this time to concentrate on freight operations centred around Bilbao in the Basque province of Bizkaia (easily reached by Brittany Ferries or, in my case, Easyjet)

There isn’t a huge amount of enthusiast gen about the FEVE, especially in English. But equipped with Dr Mike Bent's book ‘Narrow Gauge Rails through the Cordillera’ (highly recommended) and a pdf presentation available to download off the FEVE’s website ‘TRAFICO DE MERCANCÍAS POR FERROCARRIL’ (www.feve.es/recursos/doc/servicios/unidad-de-negocio-de-mercancias.pdf if you are interested) which usefully spells out how much of what goes where, I set out to try and capture pictures of some of the typical flows. (this map is very useful too http://www.feve.es/recursos/doc/servicios/mapa-de-mercancias.pdf )

I stayed in Bilbao, concentrating on the lines of the former FC de Santander a Bilbao and the FC La Robla, the latter known as El Hullero on account of its reliance (in earlier days) on moving coal (hullera translates as coal mine). Today there is a single route from Bilbao’s Estacion Concordia (and Ariz freight yard) to Aranguren (23kms from Bilbao) from where the lines go their separate ways.

The FC La Robla was the longest metre gauge railway in Europe, stretching 335kms from Bilbao to the city of Leon. Today it still clings to life, there’s a daily passenger train in each direction, which leaves Bilbao at 14:30, Leon at 14:00 and arrives at their respective destinations at 21:48 and 21:30, plus the sand trains from Arija (of which more anon) and coal to the power station at Guardo (which I didn’t see).

The other mainline metre gauge system in Bilbao, the former FC Vascongados now Euskotren, which connects Bilbao with Donostia/San Sebastian, Irun and Hendaye in France is these days a passenger operation only.

El Hullero – metre gauge freight in...


The FEVE – Spain’s nationalised narrow gauge railway operator – ...

Updated: Jun 06, 2011 10:53pm PST

GERMANY: Himmelstadt 20 April : A small station about 16 minutes by train north of Würzburg, with a great deal of activity - 91 freights passed in 11 hours 20 minutes, plus a fair number of loco-hauled passenger workings etc. Very impressive! There are a few photos included here from Würzburg Hbf at each end of the day.

GERMANY: Himmelstadt 20 April

Dave Rowland

A small station about 16 minutes by train north of Würzburg, with a g ...

Updated: Jun 05, 2011 11:43pm PST

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Updated: Jun 04, 2011 2:16pm PST