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terry-moore



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 8:37 pm    Post subject: Bridgnorth Turntable: 2010 onwards Reply with quote

From P16 SVR News 168 - Article by John Giles

Bridgnorth Turntable, ex Bristol, Bath Road shed is still owned by the fund and is in storage awaiting installation. This process has been very protracted due to the need to find the most suitable location. Now that the SVR has turned it's attention to the improvement of Bridgnorth, it should enable a site to be identified. There are many possibilities, all with their own difficulties; the most likely may be the site purchased many years ago for a turntable at the south end of the head shunt. This site has it's own problem as it is alongside Pan Pudding Hill, an ancient monument. Once a site has been identified and approved, fund raising will restart to pay for the installation.
A large turntable at both ends of the SVR should make the Railway unique and make life much easier for the footplate crews, allowing improved visability on the large tendered locos.


Over the years here have been many arguments for and against a second turntable at Bridgnorth and much discussion has taken place on this forum. I for one welcome this news (if indeed, things are going to start moving) Even if timetable constraints do not allow all trains to be turned, having another turntable will certainly add another dimension to the 'SVR Experience'
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would nice to have one up there, as you say, for the experience.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

KJEvans wrote:
It would nice to have one up there, as you say, for the experience.
And that will, yet again, restart the debate on 'where to locate it'. Yawn!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

boldford wrote:
KJEvans wrote:
It would nice to have one up there, as you say, for the experience.
And that will, yet again, restart the debate on 'where to locate it'. Yawn!


If we could just extend over Hollybush Road ... oh wait! Razz
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Simon G wrote:
If we could just extend over Hollybush Road ... oh wait! Razz
How far beyond?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 12:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mick_wilson wrote:
Simon G wrote:
If we could just extend over Hollybush Road ... oh wait! Razz
How far beyond?


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With regards to the turntable at Kidderminster therefore about 16miles off topic... obviously it is there for practical reasons but can members of the public view it when in operation from anywhere as well?. Never really walked and looked down the back of the car park. Just curious...
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Matt_Cov wrote:
With regards to the turntable at Kidderminster therefore about 16miles off topic... obviously it is there for practical reasons but can members of the public view it when in operation from anywhere as well?. Never really walked and looked down the back of the car park. Just curious...

Not from SVR land, no. But it can be viewed from the footpath that leads to the footbridge next to the Harriers' ground.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Matt_Cov wrote:
With regards to the turntable at Kidderminster therefore about 16miles off topic... obviously it is there for practical reasons but can members of the public view it when in operation from anywhere as well?. Never really walked and looked down the back of the car park. Just curious...

You can view it from the footpath leading to the bridge over the SVR & main line. I'll find a link to one of my photos so you can see what it looks like - give me 5 minutes & I'll edit this post.

Edit - couldn't think which photos were best, but these will do, taken with a zoom lens, so not quite as close as it appears. The 20 is on the turntable.

http://www.sharpos-world.co.uk/cpg/thumbnails.php?album=628
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cheers for that info & photo's. Will have a look around if I get chance later today.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was at Eardington on Sunday for the gala & I took a photo of the turntable stored there:

It looked in reasonable condition.
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Robin



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2015 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Five years on, I see the proposed site plan on display at Bridgnorth includes provision for a turntable, presumably this one. If so, lots of questions spring to mind:

-Plans are plans, but how likely is the installation of a turntable in reality?
-What condition is it in these days?
-If it is installed, is it simply to save moving stock to Kidderminster for turning, or could we see it used in galas? Kidderminster turntable does not seem particularly well sited for a quick turnaround?
-Is the cost of installing a second turntable the best use of the money?

Thoughts anyone?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2015 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As has already been posted, a turntable would add an extra dimension to the Bridgnorth experience, even if its use might be somewhat restricted. I had some thoughts on potential developments associated with such a plan, but these are probably best left just as thoughts !

When and if a site is agreed and installation is confirmed to go ahead, I am happy to make a decent donation.
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KJEvans



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2015 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only railway that I can think of that has turning facilities at both ends of the line is the WSR but even then they only try all smokebox first running at galas where there is the number of locos to allow swapping of locos at Bishops Lydeard so the incoming loco can go to the Norton triangle to be turned.
A turntable at Bridgnorth would be good displays at galas and special events like Members and Shareholders.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2015 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are there still (vague) plans that when the footbridge at the end of the station *edit* at Kidderminster *edit* is decommissioned, the SVR would look to purchase and remove the embankment and put in a road to the turntable from the platform?

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