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22-12-2009, 18:33
Just been chatting to a friend who works on the railway. He mentioned the AM sidings at Stansted. He told me some of the old chaps who used to work on the rail back in the late 1940's early 1950's, remember the rail tanks discharging into road tanks. they seem to think this was for the supply of Stansted airfield. Any of you chaps who are clued up on this subject care to comment?

Peter Kirk
22-12-2009, 23:21
It's possible. The site at Mountnessing had a long siding with booms so it could be of similar design. I will check my notes but I don't immeditely recall Stansted being a fuel depot unless the American had something similar we haven't come across. Worth investigating though.
Also need to look at the old large scale maps for the type of sidings. Something to do Christmas Day :)

25-12-2009, 10:48
A bit of info at Linewatch, Stansted is on the GPSS line from Saffron Walden, 6 inch line @ 1100 PSI.


Peter Kirk
25-12-2009, 20:26
Nothing appears on the 1951 large scale OS maps but there is a siding on the 1961 map. That either means it was there in 1951 but not shown for security reasons or that it was built sometime between 1951 and 1960, which ties up with the American rebuild for jets.

Peter Kirk
28-12-2009, 23:56
I picked this map extract from a Stansted document I downloaded a couple of years ago.


It shows the sidings and is dated 1960 as publication date so the sidiings were built sometime before then. As I said above they don't seem to appear on earlier maps. They probably went out of use when the pipeline was connected (when??)

29-12-2009, 00:15
Thanks Peter, I have seen the 1944 plan of the network on another thread. When was the main pipeline system laid and commisioned, any idea ?
If Stansted was built in 1943 would that have been on the system from the outset. Or did the final connection to individual airfields come later?

Peter Kirk
29-12-2009, 12:53
My guess would be that the pipeline is more airport related than airfield. I did start to track down pipeline dates but kept getting sidetracked.
I haven't found a date but I haven't looked that hard.