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    Hi filo

    does Thornaby still exist as a MPD, considering all traffic on the railways is glorified multiple units - there doesnt seem a need for locos anymore!

    i have some great pics of Bescot full of steamers, now, when i go past it, you are lucky to see a couple of locos these days - there a re more awaiting scrapping than being serviced

    Oh! the times

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    Hi Historian,

    Thornaby MPD is still there but sadly its now closed. The only thing I think they still use there is the Underfloor Tyre Turning Lathe.

    Its true the whole railway seems to be infested with multiple units, but there are still Locos on the freight trains, and at Scarborough we get all sorts of Heritage diesel locomotives as well as lots of steam Charters and the regular Scarborough Spa Expresses.

    As for Bescot Depot, you will no doubt be underwhelmed to know that in the early 90's, can't remember quite when, I was the Depot Manager at Bescot and Saltley for an unimpressive 32 days, due to the actual manager being off sick. Actually I'm surprised its not closed, everywhere else I ever worked on the railway seems to have shut, including March Depot. Some good Pubs in March.

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    March was all 31's and 37's when i used to go - Saltley was my local shed - that has pretty much gone as well.

    I remember Scarboro' station quite well, went to Filey on the train from there a few months back. The route to York takes you past Kirkham Priory if i remember. I will be in York for a few days in Oct, will do NRM again, as well as an odd 50 pubs!

    In Bridgnorth tomorrow as its a pal's birthday, so will be doing the Railwayman's Arms - as well as checking the choo-choos out. They have a couple of Westerns

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    Thanks for the advice and links chaps, I'm currently ploughing through them for a decent image!
    Could be some time!

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    Default Cheddar Railway photography

    I was steered towards this thread by Conrad (from Pubs Galore) and hope the following info will be of value. Ian Allen (the transport book specialist) list two books and one video containing info, pictures and film of the Cheddar Valley Line (Strawberry Line)

    Branch Line to Cheddar:
    http://www.ianallanpublishing.com/pr...9&cat=0&page=1

    STEAMING THROUGH THE CHEDDAR VALLEY
    http://www.ianallanpublishing.com/pr...3&cat=0&page=1

    MEMORIES OF THE CHEDDAR VALLEY BRANCH (VIDEO)
    http://www.ianallanpublishing.com/pr...2&cat=0&page=1

    These titles are more likely to feature images from the later years of the railway due to the popularity of railway photography at the end of the steam era.

    For earlier info it would be worth contacting local historians with a railway interest - you could start with the local preserved railways - such as the East Somerset, Avon Valley Railway or Bristol Industrial Museum. You could even try "Steam" at Swindon (the branch was GWR operated) as they will know which archives are available. The council libraries should be able to help too!

    Local Railway Modeller Societies should be good as they research railway history when making accurate models.

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    Brian

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    Cheers Brian!

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    Just an update for all those who kindly offered advice/links etc.
    I finished the sign a while back but only just received this photo from the Thatcher's people.

    I will endeavor to post it and a few others on the site proper.
    This is Thatcher's ( a cider brewery) first pub and hopefully they will snap up a few more because they have done a good job on refurbishing and more importantly I might get some more work out of it!
    Once again thanks for all the input guys..I might just pick your brains again sometime!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Youngie View Post
    Once again thanks for all the input guys..I might just pick your brains again sometime!
    Please do, even if you ignore us it is good fun, and that sign is amazing, love the apple tree and the motion of the train - please do chuck it up on the main site, it is a fantastic compliment (also it justifies my argument that we are using a pub green as our colour).

    I had never noticed that apple before in the Thatchers logo, lovely piece of branding by someone there, it is fantastically subtle.

    Also just to echo Hondo's

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