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Cattle Dock

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Tony Lyster - Quainton's Cattle Dock
Tony Lyster - A Cattle truck needs a Cow!

This feature, once so common at country stations is still (2013) believed to be the only one in the UK restored as a cattle dock - complete with cattle truck and a plastic cow, known as Buffercup (sic). Almost certainly built in the 1890´s, it is adjacent to the Aylesbury end on the Up Yard side of the Station building. Its walls are rendered in concrete, but topped on the non-loading side with timber baulks. On the cattle loading side the walls are topped with a blue brick edging and are 46 foot by 14 foot cobbled area with central drains. The fencing on the platform side is of 5 pairs of gates.

When the area in Cowley, Oxford was being rearranged for loading of cars following closure of the GWR Thame - Oxford branch, the cars were driven over to Quainton and loaded into box vans via the cattle dock´s end gates. A list of vehicle numbers exists in our archives!


Origin :- Great Central and Met Joint Date Built :- 1890's Number :- N/A
Type :- Structure Builder :- ????? Owner QRS
Status :- Operational Location :- Up Yard

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