Welcome to the Rudloe and environs website.
Here you will find news, articles and photos of an area that straddles the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in north-west Wiltshire.
Contributions in the form of articles or photos are welcome. Even those with completely contrary views to mine!
Thanks to the website builder 1&1 and Rob Brown for the original idea.
Rudloescene now, in January 2014, has a sister, academic rather than anarchic, website about Box history here: http://www.boxpeopleandplaces.co.uk/
It contains thoroughly professional, well-researched articles about Box and its people.
Contact rudloescene through the 'Contact' page.
Thingley Junction, two-and-sixpence from Corsham Station on the Western Line - this view on 10th June 2018. Thingley was the RNSTS's (Copenace, including Hartham, Spring Quarry and Monks Park quarries) siding for the shipment of electronic stores to and from sites around the country (e.g. Deptford, Chatham, Portsmouth etc). The man in charge of Thingley for many years was Mr Gallagher (as I, as a very junior clerk, knew him); his daughter, Wendy, worked in the offices at Copenacre.
This was an early-morning jaunt to catch (photograph) the Cathedrals Express which was running from Paddington to Kingswear (a cathedral at Kingswear?) behind Stanier Black 5 45212. It was due at Thingley at about 9:10 so I set off at 06:45 'across country' from a very misty Rudloe. 'Across country' was a bit of a mistake as my boots and socks got absolutely soaked ploughing through a field at Westrop and big cows in a small field at Thingley looked particularly menacing.
In the title photo above, in spite of the heralded £16 billion electrification of the Great Western main line running through to Bristol, we see the last mast/cantilever/catenary on the line here at Thingley (see photo captions for further details). There is now no plan to run the electrification through to Bristol in the foreseeable future. For details of the electrification of Britain's railway infrastructure, see:
And for nerds, the technical issues associated with overhead line electrification may be found here: http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/sites/default/files/sitedocuments/Planning-and-Building-Control/Planning/nr_a_guide_to_overhead_electrification.pdf
In the 1990s, Thingley was used as a yard for steam engine and other railway paraphernalia. For photos of Thingley at this time see 'Thingley in the 90s' (about half-way down the webpage) here: Steam
The photographs below catalogue the early-morning walk to Thingley and the return trip, on the road this time, through Westrop.