RAILDATE 2024.01.19

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The Weekly Poser: Where is this?

After all the lovely green fields in last week's poser, let's go sparse. The BR schematic map looks a bit different. Which station is circled?

Last week's Where is this?

An aerial view of rail links to two groups of tank farms, with a passenger service to the housing area in between. Where is it?

Answer: Milford Haven, Wales. Congratulations are due to the following for their correct answers: Colin Penfold, Richard Maund, Paul Hopper, John Gilby, Bryn Pitcher, Neil Kearns, Andrew Treves, Ian Bromley, Simon Wass, Andy Foster, Peter Tisdale.

Milford Haven is the settlement in the middle. Its population is only 14,000 but has a two-hourly service, with most infra costs covered by the adjacent industrial facilities. In the foreground is a terminal for LNG; in the background an oil refinery.

Although a long way from markets, the deep fjord-like inlet was ideal for 19th-century defensive reasons when France was the main threat. I.K.Brunel adopted it for shipping services to Ireland and America, only later replaced by Fishguard. Later, it could handle ever-larger oil tankers, saving a day or two's sailing versus Britain's east coast ports.

Pembroke Dock on the south side also has a refinery and power station. The two sides are now linked by the A477 Cleddau Bridge. Its construction was marred by a partial collapse (see photo) on 2nd June 1970, and the loss of four lives, leading to a 2+ year pause whilst design faults were corrected.


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