Query Corner

Q13.16. Milk Tankers at Hemyock.

What was the method used to run the locomotive round the milk tanks and move them into the dairy at Hemyock?


There were two sidings into the dairy at Hemyock, both crossing the road. The northern one was the oldest and did not have gates. Locomotives were not permitted to cross the road at this crossing and the approved method was for additional wagons to be put between the loco and tank wagons to enable the latter to be put into and drawn from the factory. Locomotives were permitted to use the southern, gated crossing which dated from about 1920. In practise the dairy staff winched wagons across the road into the milk factory and ran them back to the station by gravity. Factory staff had keys to the gates and were responsible for protecting both crossings. The locomotive ran round by means of the loop at Hemyock Station. May I respectfully refer your member to my book The Culm Valley Light Railway still available from Twelveheads Press. (MM)

The steam winch that is currently used on the Westonzoyland narrow gauge worked up until the Culm Valley Railway shut in the late 1970s (I think it was). Westonzoyland expressed an interest in it, but, because the S & D Railway Trust were taking out rails from the milk factory, they were given it. It ended up at Washford. After a few years, possibly late 1980s/ early to mid 1990s it was offered to Wz ( as I think too many people fell over it!!). I think it was about the same time as they gave us the Priestman Cub which has now gone on to the excavator Museum at Threlkeld, perhaps they were having a general clear-up. (IM)

last updated: 04/08/13