West of Glastonbury
Where the Glastonbury Canal crossed the River Brue, a level crossing and crossing-keeper's cottage retained the name 'Aqueduct' long after the canal ceased to exist. At this point the railway crosses the River Brue and a minor road.
|Collett 0-6-0 no.2218 crosses the River Brue with the 16.00 from Highbridge. 3.10.64||An original S&DJR warning notice at Aqueduct crossing.||Ivatt 2-6-2T no.41296 at Aqueduct crossing with the 17.00 Evercreech- Highbridge train. 30.9.64|
|On the penultimate day of services on the branch, 41249 takes the 16.00 train from Highbridge past Aqueduct. 4.3.66||41307 crosses the River Brue and Aqueduct Crossing with the 14.20 Highbridge- Templecombe. 5.11.65||Ivatt 2-6-2T no.41223 approaches the Aqueduct crossing keeper's cottage with the 16.00 from Highbridge. 4.10.65|
The open fields between Aqueduct crossing and Glastonbury provided an ideal opportunity for broadside views of the passing trains.
|On a bright sunny November morning, Ivatt 2-6-2T no. 41307 scurries away from Glastonbury with the 09.55 Evercreech-Highbridge. 4.11.65||.||Collett 0-6-0 no. 3218 leaves Glastonbury across the fields with a train for Highbridge. 27.2.65|
The Somerset levels are below high tide level, and until the monks built sea-walls and drainage channels in the 15th century, were regularly flooded and unusable for agriculture. Apart from the main channels such as the King's Sedgemoor Drain, the levels are criss-crossed by a network of smaller ditches, known locally as Rhynes (pronounced like 'queens').
|Collett 0-6-0 no.3218 takes a Highbridge train out of Glastonbury. The rhynes are showing the first signs of the aquatic life they will support through the summer. 64?||.||Running about 1 hour late, Ivatt 2-6-2T no. 41208 leaves Glastonbury for Highbridge through the snow-covered fields and frozen rhynes. 28.12.64|
|41214 approaches Glastonbury with the 14.20 from Highbridge, past a full drainage rhyne. 6.3.65||3205 on the 16.00 Highbridge-Evercreech. The early-summer growth of water plants is already starting to fill the rhynes. 18.5.65||Collett 0-6-0 no. 2217 leaves Glastonbury with the 18.02 Evercreech-Highbridge. 2.9.64|
A staple crop of the Somerset levels is the withy, or willow rod. This is used in making baskets, fence-hurdles, and many other things. The annual cutting of the rods from the trees is known as pollarding, and gives the willow trees their characteristic shape.
|Ivatt tank no. 41243 arrives with the 09.45 from Highbridge, its dark outline in harmony with that of a large willow tree against the snowy landscape. 28.12.64||.||Ivatt tank no. 41243 approaches Glastonbury with the 09.45 Highbridge-Templecombe, past an impressive array of pollarded willows. 27.2.65|
Between Aqueduct crossing and Glastonbury station was an unattended crossing over a minor lane.
|Ivatt 2-6-2T no. 41291 approaches the crossing with the 09.45 from Highbridge.The 'S&DJR Beware of Trains' warning sign is visible in the foreground. 4.11.65||41296 passes the crossing gates with the 17.00 from Evercreech. Parked against the fence is the bicycle without which none of these photographs would have been possible! 15.5.65|
|Glastonbury Tor, and a railway panorama. Ivatt 2-6-2T no. 41290 shunts the station and yard late one November morning. 4.11.65||.||One of its shunting manoevres requires 41290 to come out well clear of the station and yard. 4.11.65|
|Collett 0-6-0 no. 3218 arrives with the 16.00 from Highbridge past a pile of old sleepers at the entrance to the goods yard. 16.3.65||. ;||Scurrying between shunting tasks, 41290 leaves a plume of white smoke over the signal box and goods yard. 4.11.65|