This is an unofficial blog of the Bristol Harbour Railway, aiming to provide updates and records of what goes on at the UK’s only passenger carrying dockside railway, as well as insights into the line’s past and future.

All and any views expressed through this are my own and not those of M Shed, its staff, or Bristol City Council.

Please visit the official site to see information on the line, and the list of operating days:

Many thanks

Corwin Bainbridge

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  1. Please can you advise when the last passenger train ran to Butterfly Junction?
    Thank you – Paul Stewart (Great Malvern)

  2. Hi,

    I’m doing some research about the Bristol Harbour Railway and its route near Cumberland Basin and A Bond.

    In the Environmental Statement for the Ashton Vale to Temple Meads and Bristol City Centre Rapid Transit Order it says that “Railway tracks would be inlaid into the busway to allow seasonal Bristol Harbour Railway services to continue.”

    Currently the railway ends in a shed next to A Bond but it’s not functioning. I was wondering wether if there is any project or development going on at the moment that intends to bring back the service.

    Could you help me find out more about the future plans for the area or do you have any idea of where I can get any further information?

    Thank you in advance,


    • Hello Irene, thank you for your message. While I do not represent the railway or M Shed museum, I can tell you my personal understanding of the situation. I believe that the original plan for the metrobus was to have it utilise all of the branch line along the new cut and sharing the busway with trains. This plan was changed so that the buses use Ashton Avenue Swing bridge and a new bus stop on the site of Butterfly Junction halt. The buses now join Cumberland Road after this point. Ballast has been laid for the re-instatement of the railway halt at this point, but reconstruction is on hold until the ground conditions along the New Cut have been investigated due to subsidence that has been happening. For the 2018 season, trains have terminated at Vauxhall Bridge. My personal hope as a volunteer is that the railway can be reinstated all the way to the new halt at A Bond (again, I must emphasise that this blog is an unofficial one and does not represent the views of Bristol Harbour Railway, M Shed Museum, or Bristol City Council).
      I hope this is helpful!

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