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St Aubin and The Railway.

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St Aubin and The Railway A visit to the site at St Aubin is helpful to explain why there is no longer a railway at St Aubin because when you are there you can see that the rails have been taken up. Also the tunnel that was used to run the train through to avoid the train running around the sharp corner had now been blocked off by a blast wall so that a train could no longer go through there. It was built during the German Occupation so that a train couldn't be run through into the tunnel, this is because the Germans used it for storage of a variety of things and they would not want anyone else to be able to get in. The visit however is not useful to answer a few questions, such as how much destruction the fire caused. Also it doesn't show the difference in the railways used, between the JR & T tracks and the German tracks. Source A shows me the building that used to be used as the terminus and other things such as a hotel and a place to stay for people travelling. From Source A you can see that the building used to have things such as signs on it saying "Venus Soap", "Billiard Room", "Reading Room and "Terminus Hotel". These were all things to draw attention to the building and for people to use the services it provided. ...read more.

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for Monday 19th October 1936. Mr Chapman raised the alarm about the fire.) "I would like you to emphasis the fact that the public telephone was not available, as it was locked up in the station; had I been able to get to the phone I could have got the brigade at least 15-20 minutes earlier. When the brigade arrived I did my best to help and was there until 5 O'clock in the morning." Source 2 shows us an extract from an interview with the person who raised the alarm, the interview was published in the JEP. This source is possibly reliable, as Mr Chapman could have been shocked from the experience, and therefore not in a suitable state for glorifying his story. However, this person was obviously right there at the scene, at the time of the fire, and took up to 20 minutes to raise the alarm. The reasoning for the delay was a lack of public telephone available, however this could have been purely a cover story, as he may have wanted the fire to burn for a bit before alerting anyone, to reduce the chances of the fire being extinguished before enough destruction was caused. Source 3 (Extract from the J.E.P. for Monday 19th October 1936) There was a rumour that the fire was caused by the electric supply. This can be defiantly ruled out, for I happen to know that the refrigerator was cut off from Mr Walters shop twelve months ago, and in any case the fire was on the opposite side of the shop from the electric wires. ...read more.

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...The cause of the outbreak has not been established with any certainty except for the certainty that it started within the butcher's shop. Source 8 is from a fire brigade report, and it tells us how it is not certain how it started, except for that it is confidently believed to have started in the butchers shop. It would seem to be reliable, as it is a fire brigade report, however since it has been rewritten due to a fire, it is not so reliable as the full content of the report may have been forgotten. In conclusion, I cannot reach a definitive answer as to why the JR & T no longer exist, however I could suggest that by visiting the site, I can see that the station was quite large. This suggests that the amount of damage caused by the fire must have been quite large as well. Huge destruction would also reduce the will to want to rebuild the railway. People may be afraid that something similar could happen again, if it had been a small station that got destroyed, it could have easily have been replaced, and the Jersey Railways and Tramways could still have been around today. Then again the problem of the blast wall covering the tunnel is another reason why not to reopen the railway. The fact that the rails were different sizes could have been a factor back at the time of the fire, but now that most the rails have been taken up, this would no longer be much of a problem. ...read more.

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