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Charfield Railway Station

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Chandrasekar   Feb 15th 2014 08:35

Nice looking station at Wickwar too.


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Tubbs   Feb 15th 2014 12:27

Wickwar Station

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Tubbs   Feb 15th 2014 12:29

Charfield Station.

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Cernunnos   Feb 15th 2014 18:26

bb47... I know its an historic posting but I have a feeling his name was Poskett, Pockett or something like that.Mr Anderson was Station Master and a grumpy old porter was called Pat. I passed many happy hours trainspotting there ! I found my Ian Allen train book in attic only last week. Life was far less complex then .....


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BobsBoy47   Feb 15th 2014 20:09

Tony Poskett was in my class at KLBGS. I didn't know his dad was a Signalman. At the moment I can't properly recall the surname of the other signalman (possibly Perry) whose son Ronald was in my sister's class at KLB.

Trainspotting at Charfield was a definite game of patience. I too had the Ian Allen books and started many a rail journey from there.

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Tubbs   Feb 16th 2014 07:03

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RonPerry   Dec 16th 2015 21:53

That's definitely the inside of Charfield signalbox!Have only just discovered this thread. I'm the Ron Perry referred to earlier in the thread, and my grandfather Charlie Perry worked Charfield signalbox from 1933 to his retirement in 1953. He remembered Harry Button who was on duty in the box on that fateful night in 1928 when the rail accident occurred. My dad was not a signalman but worked in the booking office there. That view of the interior of the signalbox brings back so many memories as I spent a lot of time in my teens visiting it (in flagrant contravention of the rules) during the mid-60s. I am sure the signalman in the photo was George Timbrell (he lived in North Nibley) and he and John Poskett were two of the three regular signalmen there until its closure in the early '70s. George is seen having pulled over the lever controlling the down loop entry points. Some of the levers took one hell of a lot of effort to pull but that particular one was very 'lightweight' as the points were electrically powered being located so far away from the box. Note the gleaming brasswork on the instrument shelf - the box always smelt of 'Brasso', scouring powder and lino polish - oh, and very strong tea!

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BobsBoy47   Dec 19th 2015 20:53

Hi Ron, Welcome to this forum. Glad you were able to find us and add first hand knowledge about Charfield Station. There were a few of us KLBGS kids who made the trip by bike from Wotton and elsewhere to watch the trains zap by in the years around 1960. Where I now live gets occasional visits by 60163 Tornado hauling Belmond rail excursions.

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RonPerry   Jan 18th 2016 20:45

Thanks for that, bb47! I've been trying to place you and no doubt you may have given a few clues out in previous posts which I have missed. Anyway, are you Bobby Walker's son? That would fit with having a younger sister in my year/class at KLB (Betty). My father (Reg Perry) attended KLBGS during the years 1933-1937, and was good friends with Bobby. I believe the headmaster at that time was a Mr Fiske. Alec 'Bert' Logan taught my dad, also Miss Parkhouse, but I guess like me you remember them well, also.

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BobsBoy47   Jan 20th 2016 09:39

As well as Tubbs - are you still visiting these pages? - Wotton Heritage Centre is a good source of historic photos and may well have some Charfield items.

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