MEMORIES - 1960's CEMENT


Obviously we are all familiar with the 'Moorswater Cement' run by EWS and then Freightliner in the present day situation, but Chris Osment has Emailed to ask the following:

Chris has a vague memory that, during the mid-1960s, on one (?) day a week (Tue? Thur?) a down cement train passed through Taunton. IIRC almost always this was hauled by a 28xx, which was normally taken off at Taunton and replaced by a diesel, so anyone watching the line west of the station almost never saw it.

Does anyone know any more about this service please?


Mike Pollard saw the above and has helped out by delving into his notes from his younger years and provided the following information for readers of Taunton Trains. Can you help further? The cement workings were from Blue Circle Westbury to Exeter Central Blue Circle distribution centre(I believe!). I have notes of 29 workings of this service between 12 th December 1963 and 23rd July 1964, but there were probably more during that period, and I have seen a photo of wagons being tripped from Exeter Central to St Davids by an 08 shunter in 1978, so there is a lot more to this story.

A modified Hall passes 40 Steps Taunton heading South towards Exeter in September 1964 (Photo: Mike Pollard)

Only three of the services I have noted changed engines at Taunton(marked * below), the remainder went straight
through, with the loco often returning light engine from Exeter. Most of the time there were 21 wagons
plus Guards van. There were 18 Halls, 7 28XX, a Grange, one 47XX and two Castles noted! Details as
follows:

DAY
DATE
LOCO
THURSDAY
12/12/1963
6980 (Ex WORKS)
SATURDAY
21/12/1963
5974
MONDAY
30/12/1963
3805
THURSDAY
09/01/1964
2836
TUESDAY
14/01/1964
6846
SATURDAY
25/01/1964
6999
THURSDAY
13/02/1964
6941
MONDAY
17/02/1964
6988
THURSDAY
20/02/1964
5076
FRIDAY
28/02/1964
5975
WEDNESDAY
04/03/1964
6999
FRIDAY
13/03/1964
6955
THURSDAY
26/03/1964
6941
WEDNESDAY
08/04/1964
4088
TUESDAY
14/04/1964
D7079
THURSDAY
16/04/1964
D7098
TUESDAY
21/04/1964
75022
FRIDAY
24/04/1964
5932
SATURDAY
02/05/1964
4707
MONDAY
11/05/1964
3802
THURSDAY
14/05/1964
2887
THURSDAY
21/05/1964
4993
THURSDAY
28/05/1964
6933
TUESDAY
02/06/1964
6846
TUESDAY
09/06/1964
6988
TUESDAY
16/06/1964
4920
FRIDAY
19/06/1964
6991
WEDNESDAY
24/06/1964
3816
SATURDAY
27/06/1964
4978
WEDNESDAY
01/07/1964
6955
SATURDAY
04/07/1964
6999*
MONDAY
13/07/1964
3801*
THURSDAY
16/07/1964
3844*
MONDAY
20/07/1964
6917
THURSDAY
23/07/1964
3802
TUESDAY
28/07/1964
3844
FRIDAY
31/07/1964
4978
THURSDAY
06/08/1964
D7071
TUESDAY
11/08/1964
4989 **
TUESDAY
01/09/1964
6912
FRIDAY
11/09/1964
6988
TUESDAY
22/09/1964
7907
SUNDAY
04/10/1964
7909
MONDAY
09/11/1964
73162
TUESDAY
17/11/1964
6999
FRIDAY
20/11/1964
6999
FRIDAY
27/11/1964
3810
TUESDAY
01/12/1964
6850
FRIDAY
04/12/1964
5992
TUESDAY
08/12/1964
3844
FRIDAY
11/12/1964
5984

Perhaps someone else can fill in any gaps in the list, and extend it. Also someone will know what used to
happen with this train at St Davids -banked by a pair of panniers perhaps? or tripped up to Central one
wagon at a time by a West Country?

Another Hall passes Taunton West Signal Box heading South with cement in tow (Photo: Mike Pollard)


03-01-06 Thanks to Rodney Crook who sent this information: The Westbury to Exeter Central Cement trains in the 1960`s. The trains worked through intact to Exeter Central with usually 4 loco`s {train engine plus assistance at front with two bankers on the rear}. At this time I was on the S&T dept. at Exeter Central joining from school in 1961. I can well remember seeing this train on several occasions coming up the bank at Central more often than not at walking pace as this was a very heavy train. I seem to remember seeing a Hall class on one occasion and a 9F on another. The assisting engines were usually the duty bankers with maybe a 2-6-2T maybe off an Exmouth working filling in on the front. Hope this is helpful.


10-01-06 Thanks again to Rodney Cook, and David Tozer who've been looking back at their Archives: Further to my E-Mail the other day on the Westbury to Exeter Central Cement Trains an old school chum of mine by the name of David Tozer has trawled his attic for a diary of 1964 and came up with the following info as observed at Exeter Central. He was working in the goods office at Central station. In addition to these workings there was a production problem at Westbury causing supplies to be sent from Snodland on 19/2/64 and 12/3/64. These came via the Salisbury - Exeter line and were hauled by 34014 & 34063 19/2/64 and 34098 & 34089 12/3/64.     David says that sometime during 1964 the load was increased from 21 Presflos to 25. David's recorded workings (Shown in White) have been added to Mike Pollards original list above. Note the working marked (**) Loco 4989 had bankers 4692 and 4694, and head end loco 41291. The train stalled on the bank departing Exeter and had 75025 added to help!