With thanks to a member of the Avon Valley Railway group who passed on this photo via Bob Edwardes. Believed to have been taken by Rex Coffin in around 1952 (judging by the fact that Crane 32 looks brand new) it shows 5700 class pannier tank No. 7790 at the head of a train of loaded conflats on the quayside line. The loco is still in faded G W R livery and has a GW shunters’ truck attached to the front. On the extreme right of the photo it looks as though a road wagon is parked across what is now the main running line. In the background to the left can be seen the crane whose pedestal still stands at the edge of Lloyds Amphitheatre.
This fantastic photo posted on the magnificent Bristol Railway Archive site shows ex-GWR pannier tank loco No.9769 taking a special train for the Railway Correspondance & Travel Society down the quayside line along Hotwells road in 1959.
This photo is property of The Railway Magazine.
Here’s today’s item for ‘Throw Back Thursday’ – video of ex-GWR Pannier Tank No.1369 on a photo charter back in 1996. This video was taken by Ian Silvester of http://www.dorneyphoto.com and is reproduced here with his permission.
Back in 1996, ex-GWR pannier tank 1369 (Now based at the South Devon Railway) paid a visit to Bristol Harbour.
The Weymouth Docks shunter, last survivor of the 1366 class, was reminiscent of panniers formerly used on the harbour lines.
Here are a collection of photos from the visit. All photographs are copyright of their respective owners, a huge thank you goes out for allowing them to be reproduced here.
The charter featured Ashton Avenue Swing Bridge, still available for use at the time. The area behind the loco is the current site of Butterfly Junction Halt. In 1996 there was a run-around loop in place at Ashton Meadows.
The swing bridge’s deteriorating condition meant that it was taken out of use in the late 1990s, and the track on the South side of the New Cut was lifted to make way for new housing (The houses do not occupy the permanent way, but the trackbed was used for site offices and vehicle parking during construction).