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by Andy Kirkham
Sun Jul 19, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Montpllier sidings
Replies: 9
Views: 1527

Re: Montpllier sidings

Gerry Nichols of the Bristol Railway Circle told me the down platform was extended during the First World War to accommodate longer trains for the large number employed on war work at Avonmouth. Possibly the war came to an end before work began on the Up platform. Gerry also told me that such were t...
by Andy Kirkham
Wed Jun 24, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Posit (a.k.a. Portishead for non-Bristolians).
Replies: 4
Views: 1187

Re: Posit (a.k.a. Portishead for non-Bristolians).

The plans show the station to be the Bristol side of Quays avenue so no railway crossing the road at all. Hopefully, any construction issues will not affect existing road traffic in the area. The cost of this project has spiralled since it was first announced and the main reasons for the project, b...
by Andy Kirkham
Tue Jun 23, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Last BR steam workings in or around Bristol?
Replies: 17
Views: 1844

Re: Last BR steam workings in or around Bristol?

Robin Summerhill wrote:
Tue Jun 23, 2020 12:04 pm
22A wrote:
Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:42 am
"under it's own steam".
Does anybody know if there were still any PBA steam locomotives working the docks at that time?
I don't believe so. I think PBA steam finished before BR steam in Bristol did.
by Andy Kirkham
Tue Jun 23, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Last BR steam workings in or around Bristol?
Replies: 17
Views: 1844

Re: Last BR steam workings in or around Bristol?

Colin Maggs in Rail Centres - Bristol states that steam-hauled freights continued to reach Bristol from Birmingham until August 1966, but gives no further details. However there is an incident described in the Wild Swan book Somerset & Dorset Swansong by Bob Bunyar (of which I can't find my copy at ...
by Andy Kirkham
Sat Apr 18, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 8
Views: 1507

Re: Coronavirus

In case you haven't heard about it, I'd like to spread the word about this app created by King's College London which allows people to report their own Covid-19 symptoms or the lack of them. https://covid.joinzoe.com/ Analysis of data obtained so far has produced a very striking result in the form o...
by Andy Kirkham
Wed Apr 08, 2020 10:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Montpllier sidings
Replies: 9
Views: 1527

Re: Montpllier sidings

Redland Station was a late addition to the line, having opened in 1897. It never had any sidings. However I have been told that the adjacent land now occupied by tennis courts was railway property, which raises the possibility that it was intended to lay out a goods yard there. I don't think Sea Mil...
by Andy Kirkham
Tue Apr 07, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Montpllier sidings
Replies: 9
Views: 1527

Re: Montpllier sidings

As it happens I've come across an aerial photo of Montpelier station on the Know Your Place website. https://maps.bristol.gov.uk/arcgis/rest/services/ext/kyp_new_contributions_bristol/FeatureServer/0/174810/attachments/109204 It clearly shows the siding you mention and the loading gauge is visible (...
by Andy Kirkham
Sun Feb 09, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Railways in the News
Replies: 29
Views: 4687

Re: Railways in the News

I always think "raft" is one of the more inane collective nouns, but nevertheless it appears that the proposed enhancements to Temple Meads are being conveyed on such a craft. https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/raft-changes-planned-temple-meads-3822971 They seem to have got hold of a di...
by Andy Kirkham
Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Coal import terminal at Royal Portbury Dock
Replies: 3
Views: 1123

Re: Coal import terminal at Royal Portbury Dock

It looks like the Portbury line is all but disused at the moment. There was one car train a few days ago but the various daily coal paths are always marked as cancelled.
I wonder if plasterboard manufacture might lead to any rail traffic in gypsum. Or would that be brought in by sea?
by Andy Kirkham
Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Coal import terminal at Royal Portbury Dock
Replies: 3
Views: 1123

Re: Coal import terminal at Royal Portbury Dock

Looking at Real Time Trains I found a service from Whatley to Avonmouth Hanson's Siding https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/ ... 7/detailed

Whatley - Frome North - Westbury - Bath - North Somerset Jn - Dr Day's - Filton Jn - Hallen Marsh Jn - Avonmouth Hansons Siding