TG1704 : Redundant railway sidings

taken 9 years ago, near to Ketteringham, Norfolk, Great Britain

Redundant railway sidings
Redundant railway sidings
A powered capstan and rope-rollers can be glimpsed between the two sidings > LinkExternal link. (A capstan is a rotating machine used to apply force to ropes, cables, and hawsers, commonly, though not exclusively, in a maritime setting. Hydraulically-powered capstans were sometimes used in railway goods yards for shunting, or shifting railcars short distances.) This indicates that a rope system was used to move tank wagons of aviation fuel into and within the depot; the haulage was provided by the capstan which could have been electrically or hydraulically powered. The use of rope haulage avoided locomotives having to enter the sidings: steam locomotives would have been an obvious fire hazard in an aviation fuel depot.

During WWII the site served as a Ministry of Defence oil depot and after the war it was known as the Hethersett Aviation Fuel Distribution Depot. It had private railway sidings which have since been disconnected but are still in place > LinkExternal link. Serving as a petrol storage depot after the war - supplying fuel to RAF Coltishall > LinkExternal link until the airbase was closed in 2006 - the petrol was stored in a number of subterranean tanks which are shown as lakes on OS Maps. A look at Magicmap reveals that the lakes are not lakes at all. Deemed surplus to requirements the depot was sold in summer 2009.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 5 December, 2009   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 5 December, 2009
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Railway sidings   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 171 041 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:35.4785N 1:12.2396E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 170 041
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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