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Location DB > Wales > Gwynedd > Blaenau Ffestiniog > Slate, Slate, Slate... > SnakeCorp Visit 28/5/05 > bIMGP0079

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A better look at the disused Goods Yard. There are still a number of tracks in situ, albeit not used since the 1970s.

You can do a 'Then & Now' comparision (should you wish to!) by taking a look at the old photos on this page:

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Posted by IIVQ 5/30/2005 6:19 PM | remove
  Cool. Did you find remains of the sunken line?
Posted by SnakeCorp 5/30/2005 6:39 PM | remove
  Yep, it ran parallel to the wire fence on the right of the photo (where the muddy ground is). If you follow that muddy ground towards the edge of the photo, you can just about see the remains of the stone platform edging.
Posted by IIVQ 5/30/2005 7:04 PM | remove
Posted by IIVQ 8/28/2005 9:12 PM | remove
  These are some sturdy "trainstoppers" (don't know what the english word is, in Dutch it's "bump block"
Posted by SnakeCorp 8/29/2005 11:31 AM | remove
  They're called Buffer Stops in the UK. These ones look like the originals, dating from the 1880s. Its possible that the sidings track might be original too.
Posted by IIVQ 8/30/2005 7:34 AM | remove
  Yes, but in the Netherlands they're usually not so heavily constructed.

A buffer block is meant to stop the train - even if it damages the buffer block. Only in instances where the cost of a broken car / loco would be less than the cost of a train overshooting the block, for instance where a train would block a waterway, these heavy buffer blocks would be used.
Posted by rainman8889 8/31/2005 1:29 AM | remove
  Don't some of them have a big chunk of rubber to minimize the damage?
Posted by IIVQ 8/31/2005 9:54 AM | remove
  Yep, some have.
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