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Following up from the story of Portbury in Preservation, here are a few highlights from Henbury’s career after being withdrawn from Avonmouth shed in the 1960s.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lined out green livery (lining on the cabside and front of the saddletank only), lighter than the shade she had when withdrawn, with red buffer beams.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

Henbury’s Last Day

It’s the second day of the Bristol Harbour Festival, and compared to Saturday’s thunderstorms, the weather is positively delightful.

Peckett ‘Henbury’ comes out of traffic today as her 10-year boiler certificate is due to expire. She’s been a long time stalwart of the Bristol Harbour Railway from the very beginning.

These images are from ‘Henbury’s second to last operating day, and appear here with the kind permission of Juliet Eden. You can see more of Juliet’s fantastic photos on her website: http://julieteden.com/mdashshed

Come and drive ‘Portbury’!

This bank holiday weekend, both ‘Henbury’ and ‘Portbury’ were in operation, with ‘Henbury’ on regular passenger duties, while her Bristol-built stablemate was to be found in the yard, where members of the public could have a go at driving it!

Pictures courtesy of Adrian Croshaw

This coming Fathers Day (Sunday 15th June), ‘Portbury’ will be on driver experience duties once more, as part of the ‘Fathers Day: A Grand Day Out’ offer from M Shed. At just £35, you can treat Dad to driving both a steam loco and two of the dockside cranes!

On Friday, ‘Henbury’ had prepared the yard by shunting most of the stock into the New Cut siding.

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TBT – Southern E1 at the Festival of the Sea

From the 24-27th May 1996, Bristol Harbour was host to the International Festival of the Sea. This was a huge event featuring many guest ships and attractions, and of course the BHR played a part. A shining and fully-lined out ‘Henbury’ was joined by LB&SCR E1 class 0-6-0T No.B110, then based at the East Somerset Railway (Now being restored to service on the Isle of Wight as No.W2 ‘Yarmouth’). The two locos operated a shuttle service between the station at Ashton Meadows and the Bristol Industrial Museum with 3 loaned coaches.
The following pictures appear with the kind permission of Geoff Hartland.

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Number 110 was built at Brighton Works in 1877 and named ‘Burgundy’. It was withdrawn in 1927 and sold to a colliery in Rugeley, which resulted in it being the only member of its class to survive scrapping, being sold into preservation in 1963. It was in service on the ESR between 1993 and 1997, when it was withdrawn early due to firebox problems. She is now on display at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway’s ‘Train Story’ exhibition, and will be restored in due course.

Spring is here….

With the first running weekend of the year just around the corner (5-6th April), the two steam locos were out in the open to be inspected. Henbury has had new seals fitted over the winter, and Portbury is nearing the end of her running-in period.

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The curtailed siding at M Shed has been re-filled.
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Portbury returns to service

August Bank Holiday Weekend saw the re-introduction of Avonside 0-6-0ST ‘Portbury’ into service. She top and tailed services with Peckett ‘Henbury’ all weekend.
All photographs are reproduced here with the kind permission of Rob Skuse.

Morning prep, shunting and down the branch

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Stalwart locomotive ‘Henbury’, and the two stablemates at the end of the day.
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Birthday Special

On Saturday 29th June the BHR team celebrated one of our volunteers’ 18th Birthday. ‘Henbury’ was renamed ‘Emily Anne’ for the day and wore a ‘Birthday Special’ headboard.

Here’s a few photos from the day.

Henbury is dragged out of the shed by the front loader.
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Morning checks, and the fire is lit.
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Some shunting was necessary as the Weltrol wagon used for ‘Gromit Unleashed’ on Friday needed to be shunted back into the long siding, and the passenger train reassembled.
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The birthday girl

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The belly of the beast
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The last service of the day was a special train for volunteers, running down to the Create Centre and back
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At the end of the day, the fire is dropped and Henbury/Emily Anne uses the last of her steam to return to the shed.

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Unfortunately, ‘Portbury’s return to service has been delayed a bit. Hopefully she’ll be back in steam before the end of the year and ready to take over from her stablemate, as ‘Henbury’ will be withdrawn for her ten-year overhaul in July 2014.

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Gromit Unleashed!

Cycled down to the quayside in my lunch break as a launch party for Visit Bristol’s ‘Gromit Unleashed’ project was underway.
Several decorated Gromits were on a flat wagon pulled by ‘Henbury’.
Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park was there being filmed by a tv crew

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Follow the link to the official post on the M-Shed website
http://mshed.org/about-us/news/gromits-make-a-grand-entrance-on-the-henbury/

Visit England made this short news piece on the launch: