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Offline Signals99

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Re: Military platform at Chatham station
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2013, 09:13:38 »
It's me again, sorry to all you train spotters out there, that loco in Smiffy`s photo may have been a "King Arthur" not a "Schools", my memory's not so good these days. Would be grateful for positive ID .

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Re: Military platform at Chatham station
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2013, 08:52:34 »
Yes indeed Smiffy, that's it, well we live and learn. The times I sat on that bay road usuly a "c"class loco was allocated to that job, we called it the "banana split"job, the main turn was to shunt out rolling stock for Fyffes bananas (they had a warehouse siding on the down side).
Thanks Smiffy, I never once heard it referred to as a  military siding?.
Looking at the "schools class" on the up main that guy was looking for trouble if he entered Victoria tunnel with his safety lifted, bad boiler management I know, I did it once. never again. :)

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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2013, 01:55:14 »
This is the only clear picture I can find of the Military platform. A lorry is parked next to a goods van, but I am unsure as to the kind of freight that would have been loaded and unloaded here - perhaps one of our railway specialists can help. This is probably the dead end bay you refer to. (from "Dartford to Sittingbourne", Middleton Press).

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Military platform at Chatham station
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2013, 00:16:49 »
Hi, not too sure if this is in the right thread? Just read Smiffy`s blog in station buildings. He mentions a military platform at Chatham station - information please? As an ex Gillingham loco fireman it's news to me. All I can remember on the up side at Chatham was a dead end bay used for a loco waiting area.
Not to say it was not there, Smiffy`s  usually spot on with info. Just curious!

 

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