Monthly Archives: July 2020

40 Sightings of the Utilicon/Autotruck

Variously referred to as the Utilicon or Autotruck, or other choice names, depending upon their running condition, the two “three-by-twos” owned by the railway have between them given nearly 40 years’ service. Utilicon may be derived from “utility conveyance” and … Continue reading

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39 Somerset & Dorset southern terminus – in Hampshire

Many “off duty” scoutings are not intended to produce stories and photos but often do yield subjects of railway or transport interest. There are some days, though, when a purpose is intended but the unusual opportunities that prompt the scout … Continue reading

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38 Not a means of stopping trains

According to the British Standards “Glossary of Building and Civil Engineering Terms,” stop block(s) is “deprecated;” the correct term is buffer stop, described as an “assembly provided at the end of a length of track to limit travel of vehicles.” … Continue reading

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37 Proof that the Teign Valley is set to reopen

A new 11kV overhead line was installed a few years ago across the Teign Valley formation at Horrowmore Farm, between Longdown and Christow. Strangely, it was done as if the railway had been still there or it were intended to … Continue reading

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