A railway expert writes…


1998, rather than 1988 – makes sense. Image sourced from the South Staffordshire Railway site and illuminated by Ian Pell. Original Image thought to be by Ben Williams.

Top rail historian Ian Pell, late of this parish, dropped me a line today to point out the origins of the photos that I borrowed from the South Staffordshire Railway Site to illustrate yesterday’s article about Charringtons Oil Terminal and Anglesey Sidings.

Ian wrote:

Hi Bob

Just a quick thank you regarding the article.  It will be interesting to see if we get any response.

Couple of minor points.  Quite a few of the photos on the South Staffs Rail site are non-attributed.  I know Rob is trying to sort these out but for your information the first photo was I believe taken by Ben Williams. 37220 the lead loco is in EWS livery and as such the picture was probably taken in 1998 rather than 1988.  In fact in 1992 it was in Trainload Petroleum livery, based in Cardiff and named “Westleigh”. By 1998 it was based at Toton as part of the EWS fleet for oil trains in the East and Midlands and as such was used on Thameshaven – Brownhills workings.  The second loco of the pair of class 37’s is unknown although it is in former Civil Engineers ‘Dutch’ livery of grey and yellow.

The second photo is a little easier being by Tim Marshall and showing 47277 on the 18th March 1985.  Note that the main lines are still in-situ, although closed to traffic, and the signal box has gone – replaced by a ground frame.

Kindest regards

I am, of course, happy to clear this up and my thanks to all involved. I must say, the world of railway history really is a different ballgame, isn’t it? The precision is startling.


Class 47 47277 at Anglesey Sidings on the 18th March 1985. Image sourced from the South Staffordshire Railway site and illuminated by Ian Pell. Original Image by Tim Marshall.

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11 Responses to A railway expert writes…

  1. Alex says:

    “the world of railway history really is a different ballgame, isn’t it? The precision is startling” Indeed. However, I think that your correspondent is slightly incorrect in his correction. He writes: “in 1992 it was in Trainload Petroleum livery, based in Cardiff and named “Westleigh”. ” I believe the correct name was ” Westerleigh” after the Murco Oil terminal located near the village (and railway junction of that name) just north of Bristol.

  2. Andy Roper says:

    On Saturday the 2nd March 2013 at 3pm Walsall Wood FC entertain Guernsey FC at Oak Park, Walsall Wood in the Quarter Final of the FA Vase, entrance is 5 and 3 concessions. The winners will be one game away from the final played at Wembley Stadium. The Wood are clearly representing Walsall and the Midlands in general and have had a fantastic journey so far beating teams from step 5 level which is a league higher and have done this away from home. Guernsey FC are well supported and well financed in fact they have hired a private jet to get their players and officials to the game, they are the clear favourites but we have to make it difficult for them. As well as their paid footballing talent they also have a travelling support of around 200. The Wood need your help to create a fantastic astmosphere and to get behind the home team. This is serious stuff for a club of our size and position we want to put our area, Walsall and local communities on the map. Please spread the word “For the Good Of The Wood!!” If anyone knows where we could get help and assistance with Tannoy equipment for the day that would be fantastic we are expecting a large crowd As I have posted before donations are always welcomed Andy Roper Commercial Director

    Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2013 00:53:54 +0000 To: andyropes7@hotmail.com

    • ian says:

      Alex is quite correct regarding the spelling of “Westerleigh” and I apologise for my error. Humble pie, etc, etc, I would say, however, that I have never professed to be “an expert”, just someone with a great interest in the South Staffs line.

    • david oakley says:

      Well done Walsall Wood FC. ! Reminds me of the glory days of the late 1940’s and early fifties. In 1951 the Wood reached Round One of the F.A. Amateur Cup, playing Walton & Hersham, a top amateur club from the South, on the 15th December. What a match !
      The Wood played like heroes, but lost 3 -2. over 2000 attended the match. Loftus (Bub)
      Haynes. Horace Gandy and Jack Male were three of our stars. Programme was 3d in those days. I live a distance away, but still follow the fortunes via the internet..
      Glad you have posted an email address. I’ll be in touch.
      Best of luck tomorrow.

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