In order to maintain the continuity of the rather involved narrative, the book has been divided into two parts. The first examines the construction and growth of three lines from Bristol to the Severn Estuary during the period 1860-1900. The second part covers the period from 1900 to the present day and treats the lines around Avonmouth as a single network.
1The BPR & P Co. and the CER1
2The Bristol & South Wales Union Railway35
3The Avonmouth & Severn Tunnel Railway39
1New ships, new foods, new railways45
2The Royal Edward Dock51
3Land, railways and the Royal Edward Dock57
5Avonmouth during the first world war73
6Henbury, Avonmouth and Hotwells75
7The inter-war period83
8World War 291
9A return to normal working95
10 PBA matters99
11Closure and decline107
2IS Co. locomotives126
In 1978, the only surviving branch railway line in the Bristol area with a passenger service is that running between Bristol, Avonmouth and Severn Beach. This book is an attempt to show how the system of railways to and around the Avonmouth area has developed and changed over the last 110 years.
The present route to Severn Beach is made up from a number of different railways. Travelling from Bristol Temple Meads, you pass through Lawrence Hill and Stapleton Road stations to Ashley Hill Junction where the Clifton Extension Railway started. Passing through Montpelier Tunnel, you come to Montpelier, Redland, Clifton Down and Sea Mills Stations. It was near the latter that the CE R once joined the Bristol Port Railway and Pier line at Sneyd Park Junction. The portion of the latter railway from Hotwells to Sneyd Park Junction was closed in 1922 to make way for the new Portway road to Avonmouth.
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