Avonmouth Docks

The Avonmouth Docks system utilised a large motive power stud, mainly consisting of locomotives constructed in Bristol by Avonside or Peckett. In 1939, there were some 28 steam locomotives in the fleet.

The steam fleet included (But was not limited to):

S1 ‘Hudson’ (Avonside 1724 of 1915) – 0-6-0ST

S2 ‘William’ (Avonside 1725 of 1915) – 0-6-0ST

S3 ‘Portbury’ (Avonside 1764 of 1917) – 0-6-0ST

S4 ‘Percy’ (Avonside 1800 of 1918) – 0-6-0ST

S5 ‘Brian’ (Avonside 1799 of 1918) – 0-6-0ST

S6 ‘Fyffe’ (Peckett 1721 of 1926) – 0-6-0ST

S7 ‘Ashton’ (Peckett 1878 of 1934) – 0-6-0ST

S8 ‘Westbury’ (Peckett 1877 of 1934) – 0-6-0ST

S9 ‘Henbury’ (Peckett 1940 of 1937) – 0-6-0ST

S10 ‘Hallen’ (Peckett 2035 of 1943) – 0-6-0ST

S11 ‘Bristol’ (Peckett 2036 of 1943) – 0-6-0ST

S12 ‘Clifton’ (Peckett 2037 of 1943) – 0-6-0ST

S13 ‘Redland’ (Peckett 2038 of 1943) – 0-6-0ST

‘Lionel’ (Peckett No.466 of 1889) – 0-6-0ST

‘Henry’ (Peckett 1264 of 1913) – 0-6-0ST

Strathcona’ (Peckett No. 1243 of 1910) – 0-6-0ST

The ‘S’ prefix was added to the loco numbers by the early 1960s as diesel traction was introduced, as well as the addition of the distinctive red and white striped bufferbeams.

At first a small batch of Hudswell Clarke diesels were purchased.

The Hudswell Clark diesels included:

D1171 ‘Western Pride’ (Later sold to Western Fuel Co., now preserved)

Western Fuels ex PBA 0-6-0 D1171 standing at Wapping Wharf, July 1979 (Courtesy Kevin Redwood)

No.23 ‘Merlin’ – preserved at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway in Yorkshire, although currently out of use awaiting overhaul.

In 1965 a fleet of Sentinel shunters came to the port. Finished in smart blue livery, they were direct replacements for the steam locos, which were withdrawn shortly afterward.

The sentinels included:

PBA 34

PBA 39 – now preserved on the nearby East Somerset Railway, and has recently been restored to its original PBA livery.

PBA 40

PBA 42 – also known as ‘Eric’, which went on to work for La Farge in Westbury, before being preserved in 2007, and is currently awaiting restoration on the East Somerset Railway.

The Sentinels worked right up until the closure of the Avonmouth Docks Railway system in 1983.

The photographs on this page (Unless otherwise stated) were taken by Jack Faithfull  and purchased from the Rail Correspondance and Travel Society’s website and John Chalcraft and contributors to RailPhotoPrints.uk

They appear here for research purposes only and may not be used for profit or gain without permission. 

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