Railway Wagon Buffer Test Facility - Ashchurch

Photographs showing the Railway Wagon Buffer Test Facility for Dowty Hydraulics at Ashchurch.

At this facility Hydraulic Wagon Buffers and Wagon Retarders were tested

Ashchurch - Railway Wagon Buffer Test Facility
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
Ashchurch - Railway Wagon Buffer Test Facility
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
Dowty Hydraulic Units - Ashchurch
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
Dowty Hydraulic Units - Ashchurch
Dowty Mining Equipment - Ashchurch
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
Dowty Hydraulic Buffer
Railway Wagon Buffer and Retarder test facility at Ashchurch
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
Railway Wagon Buffer and Retarder test facility at Ashchurch
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
Railway Wagon Buffer and Retarder test facility at Ashchurch
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
Mike Hanman and Mike Barrow at the Wagon Test Facility Ashchurch
Mike Hanman
Railway Wagon Buffer and Retarder test facility at Ashchurch
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
Railway Wagon Buffer and Retarder test facility at Ashchurch
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
Railway Wagon Buffer and Retarder test facility at Ashchurch
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
Railway Wagon Buffer and Retarder test facility at Ashchurch
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
Railway Wagon Buffer and Retarder test facility at Ashchurch
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub

Comments about this page

  • Worked on the Railway test site from 1978 up to 1988, worked with Nigel Berry, Pete Raine, Nigel Cottell, John Powell, Eric Robinson, myself Kevin Taylor, Richard Day. The main office was originally in the old workshop buy the original ramp over in dme yard then in porta cabin. This new ramp as Geoff says was about 1984, we all put in a heck of a lot of work, manufacture, painting, drilling tracks etc, a heck of a team all remembered fondly. Shame it has all gone now.

    By Kevin Taylor (07/04/2022)
  • Hello Geoffrey… thank you for your email and update on the dates… there are earlier photos in the post too but I am happy to correct the records…

    By John Redfern (05/07/2021)
  • I notice you have circa 1960
    I can tell you the test ramp was built about 1984 as I worked there as working supervisor under John Powell.
    I was heavily involved with building the mule and design ed the articulating coupling.

    By Geoffrey Weaver (04/07/2021)

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