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GWR plans of the SVR. Questions and (hopefully) answers.

 
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Graham



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:35 am    Post subject: GWR plans of the SVR. Questions and (hopefully) answers. Reply with quote

For those who missed it it in another thread, I've been given copies of the GWR plans of the SVR, via Chris Haynes of the GW(SVR)A and Chris Bond, infrastructure manager.
They are available to view or download at https://postimg.cc/gallery/1t2gmp9jy/
There are good quality scans of Kidderminster Curve and Hampton Loade, unfortunately, most of the plans have been photographed and the focus varies across the page. There are five photos of each page though, so just pick the one with the bit you want to look at in best focus.
The plans raise all sorts of questions, so I'll start by asking here and hopefully get some answers or prompt others to ask questions of their own.

Permission was granted to erect aerials at Bewdley, Arley and Hampton Loade in the 1920s. What were these for? Was this common on GWR stations at that time?
Permission was granted for named individuals to access the embankments at various locations between specified mileposts. Was this local farmers rabbiting? Was this widespread across the GWR?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember being at a meeting fairly recently and a photo was shown of a railway embankment, possibly Southern Region, where the fence was at the top instead of being at the bottom. The question was asked as to why this was. The only plausible answer could be to let the farmer collect rabbits that he had shot without going trackside. That could be why GWR granted permission to named individuals to access embankments at various locations.
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