Docks Heritage Weekend 4th-5th October

Don’t forget this weekend is Docks Heritage Weekend at M Shed!

Featuring vintage commercial vehicles on display (Including the museum’s own Bristol 8-wheel lorry), both steam and electric cranes in use unloading cargo from ship to shore, and the rare sight of the working electric capstans being used to shunt wagons on the quayside.

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/docks-heritage-weekend/

See the quayside come to life with dramatic re-enactments by Show of Strength theatre company.

Plus, see the amazing city of Briswool in all its woolly splendour.

The newly-outshopped MOGO van will also be on display, and the Tug John King will be giving rides around the harbour.

Lots to see and do, it should be a cracking weekend!

The museum's Bristol lorry during a loading demonstration in 2013 (Photo copyright Stu Chapman)

The museum’s Bristol lorry during a loading demonstration in 2013 (Photo copyright Stu Chapman)

Henbury in Preservation

Following up from the story of Portbury in Preservation, here are a few highlights from Henbury’s career after being withdrawn from Avonmouth shed in the 1960s.

Henbury was rebuilt with the 5 year old boiler from a sister engine, and in after a spell in store, in 1972 she was located at Radstock engine shed with No.242 and Portbury.

Peckett S12 'Clifton' - Henbury now uses this loco's boiler

‘Henbury’s classmate, Peckett S12 ‘Clifton’ on shed at Avonmouth, (Photo copyright Geoff Plumb, used here with permission)

Henbury under restoration at Radstock in 1972 - note the striped bufferbeam typical of Avonmouth locos

Henbury under restoration at Radstock in 1972 – note the striped bufferbeam typical of Avonmouth locos

She was put to work hauling brake van specials from Radstock Station to Writhlington – a distance of approximately 1.5 miles.
At this time she wore a partly lined out green livery (lining on the cabside and front of the saddletank only), lighter than the shade she had when withdrawn, with red buffer beams.

Henbury working on passenger trains at Radstock

Henbury working on passenger trains at Radstock

Henbury returning to Radstock North in 1973

Henbury setting away for Writhlington in 1973

As mentioned before, the Radstock operation finished in 1975 and Henbury was homeless for a short while, until in 1978, the Bristol Industrial Museum opened.

Henbury outside M Shed, before it opened as Bristol Industrial Museum, December 1975

Henbury outside M Shed, before it opened as Bristol Industrial Museum, December 1975

Henbury was present at the opening ceremony of the museum, and was immediately put to work pulling passenger trains on the quayside.
At this time, coal trains from the main line would regularly travel down to Whapping Wharf sidings, either trip worked a BR loco, or thereafter by the Western Fuel Company’s Hudswell Clark shunter.
It was in 1981 that the diesel loco required repairs, the Western Fuel Co. turned to the nearby museum for assistance, and Henbury was pressed into service to keep coal coming in to Bristol, thereby becoming the first preserved steam loco to haul scheduled goods trains for British Rail.
Repainted with a yellow bunker, running plate and WESTERN FUEL CO. lettering on the tank sides, she pulled full wagons from Ashton Meadows to Whapping Wharf, and empties back, for two weeks.

On shuttle runs, 27/09/1981

On shuttle runs, 27/09/1981

At the old passenger halt, 27/09/1981

At the old passenger halt, 27/09/1981

In Western Fuel Co. markings, ready to pull coal trains, 27/09/1981

In Western Fuel Co. markings, ready to pull coal trains, 27/09/1981

The above photographs are copyright John Chalcraft and can be purchased from Railphotoprints

At the Wapping Wharf sidings, Fuel Co. compound to the right

At the Wapping Wharf sidings, Fuel Co. compound to the right

Approaching the site of the current SS Great Britain Halt

Approaching the site of the current SS Great Britain Halt

On shuttle runs showing the yellow bunker

On shuttle runs showing the yellow bunker

The above photos are copyright flickr user Emmdee

Sharing the line with an unusual stablemate

Sharing the line with an unusual stablemate

At the site of SS GB Halt

At the site of SS GB Halt

Above photos are copyright Robert Tarling

Henbury has hauled thousands of passengers over the years. In the 1990s her livery was altered again, the lining more closely resembles that which she wore at Avonmouth, but extending over the saddle tank as well as the cab.
Here she is pulling BR Mk1 carriages at the Festival of the Sea in 1996, before the main line link was severed.

Henbury in ex-works condition, 1996

Henbury in ex-works condition, 1996

Rob Skuse on the M Shed working exhibits page compiled a little selection of Henbury’s exploits over the past 10 years. These pictures are all copyright Rob Skuse.

Receiving some attention in the old workshops

Receiving some attention in the old workshops

 

With the refurbishment of M Shed under way, the power supply to the cranes was cut off. Henbury stepped in to help once more, and with the help of some chains, dragged the cranes into position

With the refurbishment of M Shed under way, the power supply to the cranes was cut off. Henbury stepped in to help once more, and with the help of some chains, dragged the cranes into position

Ready to go

Ready to go

At the 'Gromits Unleashed' launch in 2013 with Aardman's Nick Park.

At the ‘Gromits Unleashed’ launch in 2013 with Aardman’s Nick Park.

On winter holiday at Midsomer Norton

On winter holiday at Midsomer Norton

Ready to attack the incline

Ready to attack the incline

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In July 2014, she was withdrawn once more, and will be dismantled to allow her boiler to be inspected.

Photo courtesy of Juliet Eden

Photo courtesy of Juliet Eden

‘MOGO’ Van Restoration – 5

The first coat of gloss is going on the van, while the new doors are being made in the workshop.

New door being made up

New door being made up

Old door to be used as a template

Old door to be used as a template

Gloss coat in evidence

Gloss coat in evidence

Saturday evening - the van was sandwiched between Portbury and Henbury in the shed, quite a squeeze!

Saturday evening – the van was sandwiched between Portbury and Henbury in the shed, quite a squeeze!

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TBT – Portbury to Portbury – 2001

Way back in 2001, the previously-mothballed rail link to Portbury had been renovated and was due for re-opening. The opportunity was taken to run a special 3-coach train hauled by the museum’s own loco ‘Portbury’ from Parson Street Station (Where the Portishead branch leaves the Great Western Main Line) to the new terminal at Portbury dock.
A full write-up of this historic event written by Paul Stanford can be read on the Avon Valley Railway’s website here:
http://semaphore.avonvalleyrailway.org/html/avonside.html

Here are two videos on YouTube documenting the event, one taken from the leading carriage of the special train.

‘The Bug’ – Ruston 0-4-0DM

‘The Bug’ is the nickname for the green Ruston & Hornsby diesel shunter based on the railway.

The loco is not fitted with vacuum brakes so cannot haul passenger trains, but is one of the most useful bits of kit on the railway, along with Larry the Loader and the Self Propelled Crane. As a diesel loco, the time required to start up is a fraction of the that required to bring a steam engine up to working pressure, you just switch it on and go! This means it can be used to shunt wagons and locos about on non-operating days.
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0-4-0 refers to the 4 coupled wheels, and the DM stands for Diesel Mechanical, meaning the engine drives the wheels through a mechanical transmission, rather than hydraulic or with electric traction motors as found on most modern locos.

The Headlight and Makers' Plate

The Headlight and Makers’ Plate

Shunting two vans off the inspection pit

Shunting two vans off the inspection pit

Shunting the two operational steam locos into the shed

Shunting the two operational steam locos into the shed

The locomotive, like most of the rolling stock in the museum’s collection, has a local connection. For many years it worked at the British Gas site in Hallen Marsh near Avonmouth, and it was there that these two photos were taken.
These photographs are linked here from the Bristol Rail Archive site and are the property of Mike P.
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The loco was donated to the museum by British Gas in 1995. It was subsequently repainted green with red motion and bufferbeams, and given a fictional shedplate (82 was the Bristol area shed code under BR).
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