Thursday, 30 September 2010

Traffic Movements at Sedgeley Junction 1962-1963 (Part 10)

This is one of a series of posts describing traffic movements I observed whilst unofficially working Sedgeley Junction signal box.

As described in Part 1, you can find the passenger timings here and the freight timings here. The notes are intended to go with a copy of the Train Register Book which is missing so, forty seven years later, the meaning of some of the original notes is not very clear. The original notes appear in italics with minimal editing, sometimes followed by my recent comments attempting clarification. The numbers in brackets have been added to assist in locating entries.

Sedgeley Jn. Saturday 20th April 1963

(1) 8175 with a grey S.R. brake passes on the down (off the 'Cuckoo'?).
(2) The 7.25 a.m. down is a 3-car DMU set 325. He's showing Empty Coaching Stock headlights on the rear!
(3) 8674 T47: 4910 T39: 28 equal to 32 Stourbridge with a LMR brake painted bauxite.
(4) Notice Dudleyport local going the wrong way!
[Without the train register, I can't be sure what this cryptic note means. I suspect we pulled off to Horsley Fields for a down Dudleyport but the driver stopped whilst we got the road to Dudleyport and cancelled the train to Horsley Fields].
(5) Dudley stops the 'Western' turning out '47' then sends on '39' which is to remain.
(6) 3H47 goes up the Loop while the returning Dudley Port local rolls out of High Level. The down Stour Parcels is just arriving 'on top'.
(7) At 8.14 a.m. 46429 has run round his van
[I think this means run round between the two crossovers to the Up Loop at Sedgeley Jn.] and puffs up to Dudleyport.
(8)'39' goes to 'The Port' early with six mineral wagons (2 with steel turnings, 4 with scrap) and an LMS brake.
(9)'39' comes off pushing two steel turnings and his brake. He stands on the Up Main, clear of the crossover while we wait for the Down Walsall to clear Horsley Fields.
(10) WR1 goes down behind 8415, BBC, low BBC(?), 6 tarpaulined wagons, BBC and a WR brake (BBC loaded with rods).
(11) 10.55 a.m. Parcels is two vans and a BG.
(12) T63, behind 4914 is "15=20 Dudleys", slowed by Dudley. (13) 8747 is going powerfully at the head of WR1 with 65 on - 2 mineral wagons of sand (one with 'Timken' axleboxes) odd wagons, Conflat, steel turnings, coal, a BR brake and T63 pounding at the rear. He's 'wired' "Round Oak and Stourbridge only".
(14) 8478 takes WR2 down, reported as 18=30 with Tube wagon, Plate wagon loaded with 4-inch square bars, 4 mineral wagons loaded with coal, one steel open painted (in amateur fashion) "To be cleaned before 6.44 loading" and a WR brake marked 'Bristol St. Phillips Marsh'.
(15) 8415 has ten 3-container wagons, tube wagons, loads of plate, bar, rods, ten coal wagons and a BR brake.