Wednesday, 4 July 2007
(photos taken 22.10.1986)
Even as late as the 1980s there were still a few non-preservation byways in the UK. This was a small surviving stub of the former Shropshire and Montgomeryshire Joint Railway, probably the second or third most ramshackle of the Colonel Stephens lines, which has a fascinating history including five closures!
I think this bit was still used for occasional freight trains to the old Abbey Foregate Station in Shrewsbury. It closed soon afterwards. The bottom picture shows the very end of the line, in happier times it continued almost to Wales.
Sunday, 20 May 2007
Tuesday, 15 May 2007
There are few really rural lines left in Britain, this was Watergate Halt on the old Torrington to Halwill line, which retained a freight service into the 1980s. This shot was taken in 1980. The line had closed to passengers as late as 1965, it was also one of the last standard gauge lines to open in Britain. The line is now unfortunately lifted throughout, although the northern section of the route from Bideford to Barnstaple is likely to reopen in the not too distant future.
Friday, 11 May 2007
An unusual sight in Swanage is the remains of the old Swanage Pier Tramway, closed for many decades. The rail on a good portion of the route survives, set into the blocks along the sea front. These views were taken on May 9, 2007.
It wouldn't take a great deal of work to restore this route for short trips along the sea front - perhaps even in a horse tram! Horses were used to pull the trains of stone which were the reason for the line's existence. It was never very successful as an extension through Swanage was blocked.
Saturday, 5 May 2007
Wednesday, 2 May 2007
Thursday, 12 April 2007
Unusually this Austrian narrow gauge line closed as recently as 1999, and has now been lifted. From the video it looks like it took a typically scenic route. Excuse the translation - the original website is in French. You may find the original easier to understand!
Saturday, 7 April 2007
The Padstow Cliff Railway is a private line used to transport lifeboatmen down the cliff to the lifeboat station at Mother Ivey's Bay. At just 32 metres long it must be one of the shortest - and steepest - lines in the country!