A busy time at South Junction, Westbury
indentI spent many hours in the early
1980's watching the traffic movements at Westbury so that my customer knew which trains
ran, at what times and what stock they used.v I found that
goods trains arrive at Westbury from the South and East throughout the day for marshalling
into trains for various destinations in Wales and the South West - and vice-versa.v Block trains also arrive and stop to change engines or engine
crews.v This is the normal traffic pattern but once every two
hours the goods are cleared away from the main lines and within half an hour a whole raft
of passenger trains arrive.v A DMU "all stations"
from Frome; Class 33's with through trains from Southampton or Salisbury (the lines under
the bow bridge), and Bristol; HST's from London (from the left) and Plymouth or Penzance
(from the right).
At such times Westbury can get very busy indeed, even without including any light engine movements to and from the Motive Power Depot in the foreground.
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