Can anyone identify how the junction between the SMJ and EHLR was arranged. I have looked at the published photos but they don't show the whole arrangement. I suspect that this short lived connection was not mapped but I thought I'd ask anyway. Cheers, Simon
Jim, Thanks alot. I'm pondering a model, mind you the junction is larger than it seems in photos. I'm amazed that a turntable features at the junction. I did see a reference to one on the hfstephens website but discredited it as an error! I am working on a terrier now. Out of period for my LMS models really. Thanks for going to such effort. Si
Interesting to note that both the E.H.L.R. and the aerial ropeway are BOTH shown on the first plan of Burton Dassett junction. The aerial ropeway had, according to Tonks, closed by 1921 and equipment removed post 1929. The E.H.L.R. opened in 1922 and closed in 1925, can we surmise a date for the track plan ?
M Christensen's booklet has it that the EHLR was constructed in 1919, Arthur Jordan states it was opened for traffic in 1920 and both agree that it was closed in 1925. The aerial rope-way finally closed in 1921, so I'll plump for a date of 1920/21 for the track plan.
Incidentally, like Alwyn, I was looking around the EHLR site in the early 70's and saw plenty of evidence of the railway - track, wire ropes, wheels, and the course of the line could clearly be seen. Sadly I never took any photos nor took any mementos.