Locomotives & Rolling Stock

Locomotives

There are currently 4 locos based on the railway as part of the museum’s collection, as well as a self-propelled crane.

Portbury – S3 / IW&D No.34 (Avonside No. 1764)

Portbury at the Create Centre

Portbury at the Create Centre

Technical Information
Wheel arrangement: 0-6-0ST
Makers: Avonside Engine Co. Ltd., Filwood Road, Fishponds, Bristol.
Year of manufacture: 1917
Works number: 1764
Type: B4
Cylinders: Two 14.5 in. (368 mm.) bore x 20 in. (508 mm.) stroke.
Boiler pressure: 160 pounds per sq. in.
Bunker capacity: 1 ton (1,016 kg.)
Watertank capacity: 850 gallons/ 3.8 tons (3,864 litres/ 3,856 kg.)
Tractive effort: 13,800 pounds (6,260 kg.) at 80% boiler pressure

Click here for a full history of PORTBURY

Browse all the blog posts featuring Portbury here

Henbury – S9 (Peckett No. 1940)

Henbury in ex-works condition, 1996

Henbury in ex-works condition, 1996

Technical Information
Wheel arrangement: 0-6-0ST
Makers: Thomas Peckett & Sons, Atlas Locomotive Works, St. George, Bristol 5.
Year of manufacture: 1937
Works number: 1940
Type: FA
Cylinders: Two 15 in. (381 mm.) bore x 21 in. (532 mm.) stroke
Boiler Pressure: 180 pounds per sq. in.
Tractive effort: 16,000 pounds at 85 per cent boiler pressure
Weight in Working Order: 36 tons

Worked at Avonmouth docks her whole life, and has always been owned by Bristol City Council. First steam loco to run on the preserved BHR back in 1978.

Click here for a full history of HENBURY

Browse all the blog posts featuring Henbury here

“Coffee Pot” No.3 (Fox, Walker and Company No. 242)

Out in the open, May 2014 (Michelle Louise Scoplin)

Out in the open, May 2014 (Michelle Scoplin)

Wheel arrangement: 0-6-0ST
Built: 1874

Click here for a more detailed description and history of this loco with pictures

Browse all the blog posts featuring the Fox Walker here

The Bug (Ruston)

The Ruston diesel shunter

The Ruston diesel shunter

Wheel arrangement: 0-4-0DM

‘The Bug’ (An unofficial but affectionate name) is an invaluable loco, running works trains and stock movements, as well as shunting on non-operating days.
Donated to the museum by British Gas, having worked at the Seabank Gas works in Avonmouth.

Browse all the blog posts featuring ‘The Bug’ here

Coles Self-Propelled Crane

The crane pushes a coal wagon into the yard

The crane pushes a coal wagon into the yard

Capacity: 4 Tons
Number: 14090
An extremely useful piece of equipment, capable of shunting a wagon or two, it would be very hard to run the railway without it, as seen most recently when laying the track to the relocated ‘barn’.

 

Rolling Stock

The railway has approximately 20 items of rolling stock, all examples of those which would have seen use in the docks. They are often used to store and move materials around site. This is not an exhaustive list, but will be added to as and when time allows
The Passenger Train
This is made up of three vehicles; a 4 wheel wagon, a bogie wagon, and the Toad brake van.

The Toad - Photo by Juliet Eden

The Toad – Photo by Juliet Eden

The ‘Toad’ is a ubiquitous GWR design.
Built: 1939, Swindon Works
Works Number: 17391
Type: AA21
This example has been on the BHR since the museum opened. It is used regularly on passenger trains, which are propelled by the locomotive for the journeys toward SS Great Britain and the Create Centre. The train’s guard rides on the open veranda to assist the loco crew in seeing the route ahead.
The van is especially useful on rainy days, featuring creature comforts such as a roof and a wood burning stove!

The two open carriages

The two open carriages

The two open wagons have both been fitted with seats and lockable doors, essential for passenger operation.

Ex-Bogie Bolster E

Ex-Bogie Bolster E/Turbot, built 1961

The bogie wagon started life as a BR Bogie Bolster E, later rebuilt as a TURBOT ballast wagon at Shildon in 1982. This wagon now has a new body with 2 doors, lots of seats and space for wheelchairs/pushchairs.

BR B 506002 Container Flat, built 1959

BR B 506002 Container Flat, built 1959, converted for passenger use

The 4 wheel wagon is built on a BR CONFLAT A (Container wagon). It was brought into use on the BHR around 2006.

Previously, the third passenger vehicle was a private owner plank wagon ‘W.Vincent & Co.’, this is currently in use as the coal truck.

Portbury in blue with the older passenger wagon

Portbury in blue with the ‘W.Vincent’ truck, fitted with seats and in use on the passenger train

 

The MOGO van recently underwent restoration.

See all the updates on the MOGO here.

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