Reminds me of … trains, trawlers and teasers
I had more feedback on our recent TRM loco special.
“Dear sir, last week I was telling Yvonne and Russell Evans about a photo I saw in a railway publication called Britain’s Railways in the 1960s showing a locomotive. 7829 Ramsbury Manor, taken in color while she left Neyland station on May 25.
The credit reads: All rail facilities have been proposed for withdrawal at Neyland, resulting in high unemployment in the area. 7829 Ramsbury Manor, just 13, is seen leaving Neyland on May 25, 1963. Later all Neyland staff were sacked, leaving most of the village people out of work as it was their only source of employment.
“The photo is credited to R. Patterson colourrail.com.
“Then, coincidentally, in your Western Telegraph post dated Wednesday, September 22, you printed a superb black and white photo of New Milford Neyland station which Yvonne kindly passed on to me.”
Thanks Mike, and for the photo of 7829 Ramsbury Manor.
I think we are late in the archives of our TRM Trawler Corner, where this week we find the ‘London Town L070’, a steel sided trawler built in 1960 in Beverley. 228 tons, 105 ‘long.
Local owners in 1981: Putford Enterprise, Milford – John Rogers / Anthony James / Gavin Phillips / Kenneth Lodge / Pino Antoniazzi.
It landed in Milford from 1981 to 1984 and was skippered by John Rogers.
And here’s a West Wales Guardian clipping from October 30, 1981.
“On Monday the trawler Milford Haven broke all previous records with a catch of £ 13,500. Plus the crew did so in their own trawler. The ‘London Town’ is the first in Milford’s traditional fleet to be bought by a cooperative, and he smashed the previous best catch of £ 2,000. Captain John Rogers, who has become the highest paid trawler in the port, said this would hopefully encourage others to buy their own trawlers.
“The ‘London Town’ arrived in port two months ago, having been stranded at Fleetwood for over 12 months. It is now Milford’s largest trawler. Mr Rogers, who earned £ 1,100 for the ten day trip, took the trawler to the east coast of Ireland and landed 292 sets of fish, each weighing 12 stones. The catch included 20 boxes of sole and turbot, 120 of best roker and plaice, which are also in great demand at the local fish market.
“The trawler cost the partnership £ 30,000 and the men spent several days painting and doing maintenance work to prepare it for sea.”
“London Town” was finally dismantled in Vigo in July 1992, and here is a picture of her.
Time for the teaser. Last week: can you name three consecutive days in English, without using the words Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday? My answer was yesterday, today and tomorrow but there have been a few who correctly pointed out to me that Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day are also fine, I agree therefore the two answers. And the brain boxes this week are Greywolf 1954, The Haynes, Elinor Jones, Tricia Hawthorn, Cynthia Edwards, Tom Brown, Margaret Jones, Phil Jones.
No MRT next week, so keep those little gray cells running until I get back.
The third snap this week is courtesy of one of my former Vicary Street neighbors Brian Oughton and shows a bunch of guys dressed for the 1947 Pill Carnival.
They are: STANDING LR – Tom Hurbert, Jim Marchant, Brian Oughton, Richard Phillips
On Their Knees LR – Dickie Marchant, Barrie Oughton and Ernie Byrant
So, as The Moody Blues once told us, it’s time to ‘Go now’, and I’m going to leave you with this thought: How old would you think you were if you didn’t know how old you are?
A big thank you to everyone who took the time to contact me regarding TRM, it’s much appreciated.
Take care of yourself, and please stay safe.