TG1704 : Rollers and saddles by railway sidings

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

Rollers and saddles by railway sidings
Rollers and saddles by railway sidings
The presence of a powered capstan and two rope-rollers between the two sidings > LinkExternal link 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 rollers and saddles were used to guide the rope hauling the wagons, presumably tank wagons, around the curves in the track. 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
Sunday, 6 December, 2009   (more nearby)
Sunday, 6 December, 2009
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 171 041 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:35.4995N 1:12.2589E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 170 041
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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