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When the ESR started running trains in 1978 freight trains were still using Cranmore, so Cranmore West Platform was built to handle the passenger traffic.
The materials to build the platform came from Ilton Halt on the disused Taunton to Chard branch line. Prior to building the platform, operations had been limited to the depot yard by the Engine Shed and it was not until 1985 when BR left Cranmore that the main station could be used and Cranmore West became an intermediate stopping point.
There is a footpath from Cranmore West to the Engine Shed and Workshop and this is a 500m walk from Cranmore Station.
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The two-road Victorian style Engine Shed was actually built in 1973 to a design based on the Engine Shed at Radstock but in brick rather than stone. The length of the shed is 130 feet, so David Shepherd could house both Black Prince and The Green Knight on one road. Once built, the shed was numbered 82H, which would have been the number of the next shed if BR had built another in the Bristol area. The Engine Shed (and Workshop) are built on the site of the Roads Reconstruction workshop and goods yard.
In the Autumn of 2002 the roof was damaged during a storm and the Engine Shed had to be closed. Then in the following Autumn the roof was removed, so that the Engine Shed could be used again. In 2006 an appeal was launched for a new roof and work started in early 2007. The new roof was completed in the summer of 2007 and was formally dedicated on Sunday 9th September by David Shepherd.
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The 4000 sq.ft. Workshop was built in 1973 along with the Engine Shed and was outfitted with equipment from a wide variety of places. Our Workshop team are renowned for their skilled work and are in demand for their efficiency overhauling steam engines.
Whilst the Workshop is not accessible to the public for safety reasons, there is a viewing gallery for visitors, from the Engine Shed. From here you can see the restoration work that goes on in the Workshop and chat to the guys in-between their hammering and banging, who are happy to answer any questions you may have.
Credit: Jim Cobb,
The Carriage Shed was built in 1988 and is the base for Cranmore Traincare and Maintenance Services. CTMS was established in 1995 and since then has been undertaking carriage overhauls from across the UK. They are renowned for quality workmanship and their work encompasses anything from vehicle conversations to full re-paints.
For Safety reasons, the Carriage Shed is not accessible to the public.
In front of the Carriage Shed is the coaling dock, which is used in conjunction with a loader to load coal into steam engines. Between 1974 and 1983, this was the site of the coaling stage, which had a raised bank for coal wagons and a loading gantry with coal tubs. Unfortunately it was heavily damaged in September 1983, after a collision with LMS 3F No.47493. Due to the severe damage and safety concerns, the coaling stage was demolished in favour of the current arrangement. This also provided space for the Carriage Shed to be built.