Penarth Dock, South Wales - 150 years - the heritage and legacy  
Penarth Dock, South Wales - the heritage & legacy . . .

Volume Nine - Pre-Victorian to the present day - even more aspects - The Railway Infrastructure of Penarth Dock and Ely Tidal Harbour   . . .

Penarth Dock Hoist Roads - 1950.

Penarth Dock Hoist Roads : 'The attention of Trainmen and others, whose duties require them to perform shunting and coupling operations on the Hoist Roads at Penarth Dock, is directed to the narrow spaces between some of the Hoist Roads and the adjoining walls supporting the full roads. They are warned to keep a special look out when engaged in any of the undermentioned roads where the clearance between a siding and an adjoining wall is less than 6 feet.

Guards, Shunters and others are forbidden to operate brakes or couplings while vehicles are moving in the under mentioned sidings, nor must Trains be drawn out of such sidings until the Guard has satisfied himself, and informed the Driver, that no person is engaged upon a line where a narrow space exists.

Note : - The narrowest spaces herein mentioned are from the outside rail to the wall, and inasmuch as wagons overlap the rails by 2 ft., the free space between the wagons and the walls must be calculated as 2 ft. less than the actual space between the rail and the wall indicated above.'

The foregoing is taken from the Appendix to Section 9 of the Service Timetables dated March 1950 by British Railways and borrowed from an amazing book, 'Rails in the Valleys' by James Page. [707]

Since the dock was closed to shipping traffic in 1936 the rules and warnings were still in force since many of the sidings were still in use for the storage of aging coal and goods wagons. Untimely, these sidings were authorised to be removed on the 14th July 1954 and all were removed 1955 according to the Track Layout Diagrams. [008]

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