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Monday 29 March 2021

Misterton Timetable #4

10.30am : The Chard Shunter on its return trip to Yeovil Junction from Chard Junction stops at Misterton to shunt wagons from the up line to the goods yard. This required a manoeuver to reverse wagons onto the down line in order to access the goods yard from the single slip crossing.

10.35am : S15 class locomotive on a coal train from Yeovil Junction to Exmouth Junction (through working).

10.40am: West Country pacific class locomotive with the Surbiton to Okehampton car ferry passes through Misterton.

11.25am: Two trains arrive at the same time. Both West Country class locomotives. On the Up line is an Exeter to Waterloo service with 9 coaches incl. restaurant (Through working). On the down line the Waterloo to Plymouth service with 10 passenger coaches incl. restaurant coasts into the station to set down and pick up passengers.

To 11.40 to 1.40

To Part 1.

Monday 22 March 2021

Misterton Timetable #3

 8.25am: Merchant Navy class on passenger duties from Exeter to Waterloo pulling away from Misterton having stopped for passengers.

8.40am: Feltham to Exmouth Junction freight hauled by N class locomotive. (Through working).

9.20am: Salisbury to Ilfracombe passenger hauled by a Schools Class locomotive, a rare sight so far from its former south eastern home where it was displaced by EMUs. Known to travel as far west as Exeter in the early 1960s. A West Country will take over the train at Exeter. (Through working)

9.25am Exeter to Waterloo passenger hauled by a West Coutry class locomotive. (Through Working)

10.10am Plymouth to Waterloo passenger hauled by a Warship Diesel locomotive. This sets the date after 1963 when the Western took over Southern metals in this area.

To 10.30 - 11.25.

To Part 1.

Monday 15 March 2021

Misterton Timetable #2

 At last, the sun is up and we can see the trains more clearly. Photos below have been enhanced with sky and smoke. There is a fantastic website here where the position of the sun can be determined for any time and date. It is very useful for selecting sky scenes acurately for model railway photographs.

06.27 am: N15 class conveying 'unfitted'  freight from Plymouth to Salisbury pulling away from Misterton having stopped to pick up empties . (Stopping).

06.35 am: Bulleid West Country with a van and 5 passenger coaches travelling from Ilfracombe to Yeovil Junction. (Through working). At this time the sun altitude is about 15 degrees in the east and in line with the railway track.

07.25 am: Bulleid Merchant Navy with 5 passenger and a restaurant travelling from Exeter to Waterloo (Through Working).

07.30 am: 'The Chrd Shunter', being a class 4MT with a stopping freight from Yeovil Junction destined for Chard Junction.

07.40 am: Bulleid West Country with empty ballast wagons travelling from Wilton to Meldon Quarry, giving off too much smoke through the station.

Click for 8.25 am to 10.10 am.

To Part 1.

Tuesday 9 March 2021

Misterton Timetable #1

Over the coming weeks I shall be presenting a timetable of train movements for my Misterton model railway. Misterton is based on Crewkerne station located on the Waterloo to Exeter main line. 

I created the timetable from a British Railways Working Timetable for 1961 summer Saturday services and I adapted it slightly for greater operating interest on a model railway. The timings below reflect when a train could be seen passing through or stopping at Crewkerne. Where I could find a photograph or data of an actual train for a specific time then I made up the same train to run on the model railway.

The first five trains are shown below. These all ran in darkness of the early hours so, may be difficult to see if your screen brightness is darker than mine!

01.45 am: Mechant Navy hauling 49 freight wagons from Nine Elms to Plymouth. (Through working)

02.15 am: N class hauling 48 freight wagons, the first five being 'fitted', from Wadebridge to Salisbury. (Through working)

02.25 am: Q1 class hauling freight wagons from Salisbury to Torrington. (Through working)

03.40 am: West Country hauling newspapers and parcels from Waterloo to Exeter. It will stop at Misterton to drop todays national newspapers.

04.20 am: S15 class hauling freight from Nine Elms to Exmouth Junction. (Through working)

Sun will be up for the next batch.

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