(F) Solva rail-truck

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(F) Solva rail-truck

Postby ian holmes » Tue Jan 03, 2006 5:57 pm

http://www.ingr.co.uk/images/solva01.jpg

The spirit of the Potato railway steam rail truck lives on.

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Postby Giles B » Tue Jan 03, 2006 11:23 pm

".....spirit of the potato railway steam truck lives on".

Yes, it does -- and crossed with a milk float by the look of it if, as I suspect, this is a battery powered vehicle. Where and what is it? Incidentally what an interesting driver's seat (or lack of it).
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Postby ian holmes » Tue Jan 03, 2006 11:36 pm

That picture shows the "loco" at the Solva, Pembrokeshire, water treatment works of Welsh water. There's little else at ingr.co.uk about it.

It was built by Bradshaw electric vehicles:

http://www.bradshawelectricvehicles.co.uk

I'm sure there's some milk float heritage in it somewhere.

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Postby Steve Bennett » Wed Jan 04, 2006 12:36 am

Didn't realise that thing was still around, great isn't it. You are right about the milk float heritage, Bradshaws do make them, or did, I think they mainly build golf carts these days.
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Postby Steve Bennett » Tue Jun 28, 2011 12:27 pm

In case the rear view has slipped past unnoticed here it is:

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Postby chris stockdale » Tue Jun 28, 2011 1:10 pm

Does anyone know exactly where the treatment works is? I ask as we are going to Pembrokeshire in a week and a half and there's nothing like a good grice.

I'm guessing that this is it, to the left of the Woollen Mill:

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=solva+p ... 2&t=h&z=18

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Postby Steve Bennett » Tue Jun 28, 2011 2:00 pm

No, that's the wrong side of Solva. It's at the sewage works, rather than on the river/stream. Try this:

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=solva&h ... k&t=h&z=17

From the Harbour Inn, marked B, go south east, you will see the circular sewage pond, that's where the tramway is.

Here is the works, the loco shed is at the top left of the works and it runs down through the left side of the site.

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Postby Steve Bennett » Tue Jun 28, 2011 2:03 pm

Here's a better view:

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Postby chris stockdale » Mon Jul 18, 2011 5:04 pm

Curiously my wife didn't want to hang around a sewage farm on a sunny day... :? so she went down to the beach whilst I attempted a few pics. Alas, the limitations of a 7' fence topped with three lots of barbed wire prevented me getting more ...

Also, there's a mass more undergrowth than in the general pics in entries above this. Still, here goes:

First, taken from the fenced plant looking towards the tunnel that runs under the ridge:

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and from tunnel to fence:

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camera squeezed through fence shows:

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at the far (Solva town end) of the tunnel:

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Looking from the far end into the tunnel there is a teasing glimpse of the loco some 50 yards in:

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And that's it.

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Postby Steve Bennett » Mon Jul 18, 2011 7:26 pm

Ah, so you managed to find it then.

Great to see the loco is still there and being maintained by the look of it.
The track doesn't look like it gets a lot of use, but I dont think it ever did.

All looks operational though, so hopefully it will be there for a while yet.
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