I was invited to take 'Parkstone Goods' to
It was a good chance to actually take some good pics of Parkstone Goods, something that i keep meaning to do but never got round to do it.
Class 37 brings in a coal train from South Wales. The coal will be taken down the branch by George Jennings, the coal was used to fire the kilns.
|Class 37 222 pulling out on its way back to Poole|
09 025 having a break after shunting duties. It was a regular visitor around Poole and Bournemouth, so much so, someone even added a "HW" shed code to the 09 for Hamworthy
33 117 has just dropped off a train of empty pipe wagons, it has ran round its train and is awaiting a clear road back to Poole.
The wagons will be taken down the branch to be loaded with pipes made at the South Western Potteries.
|Class 33 117|
George Jennings puffing up the branch. Parkstone had a strange track arrangement in the yard, Not available from Peco!
A view across the yard with the Purbeck hills in the background.
Mineral wagons are waiting for there turn down the branch.
|View across the yard|
The Coal office, notice the weight bridge beside the coal office and not in front as is usual practice.
|The coal office|
The Coal staithes, notice they are next to the line as contrary to popular belief, this has often been discussed in "Railway Modeller"
I have proof!
The branch goes off to the right, the line to the left is the line to the coal staithes. Notice the old ash pan, presumably for the use of George Jennings.
A Black and White version.
|George Jennings and the Purbecks|
I love this photo, so much to look at here. The Purbeck hills in the background with Brownsea Island below. Parkstone Bay can be seen below with a few yacht masts above the hedge row. The typical Southern concrete storage shed to the right, an old ash pan and the Southern hooped gas lamp. The ground signal protects the branch entrance to the yard.
Ignore this signal at your peril.
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED
Looking down on the goods shed from the corner of Alton Road and Osborne Road
|Corner of Alton road and Osborne road|
The retaining wall, bridge and railings are the only thing that remain. The bridge is made from precast concrete components, although from the Bournemouth side of the bridge the original stone arch single road bridge is still in place.
Your typical white van man waiting for his next job.
Cup of Tea Burt?
Don't mind if i do, Charlie.
|Time for Tea|
"Oh Burt, you going to do anything today or ya just gunna prop ur van up.
|In Transit and an old AEC|
Up the 1 in 30 gradient to the yard.
This view is almost identical to a photo given to me by Colin Stone, the Author of the book
'Rails to Poole Harbour'
Here we are, ready for action.
Me on the right and my good friend and chief operator, Nigel on the Left, he's my right hand man, so, why you on the left then.
He's on your left and my right,
Confused, you are now.
|Me, on the right and Nigel|
Come on George, where are you, we gotta get down the branch, there waiting for coal. Naughty trucks!
|Waiting for a tow down the branch|
Hey, Nigel was on top of the world all weekend.
|Set up ready to go|
There you are George, Trucks are awaiting.
|George Jennings on the branch|
A view across the yard looking towards the Bay
|B&W version of George Jennings|
|Towards the yard entrance|
|Brownsea island and the Purbeck hills|
|Quite a spacious yard|
Finally, one for you Phil Parker Although technically not a cake, more a pastry but very nice indeed.
|Cake, well Pastry really!|
I would like to thank the organisers of the Solent Model Railway Group for inviting me and for putting on a great show.