A spot of painting

The passenger stock has been receiving a bit of TLC recently, a bit of fresh paint.

Up near the passenger station outside L Shed, some groundworks are under way.

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TBT – Ashton Gate Station – 1970s/1980s

RMweb user Kevin aka Rivercider has tracked down some photos of the then-closed Ashton Gate Station site, with Ashton Meadows sidings on the BHR in the background.

This one is from flickr user emmdee and shows an 08 shunting the yard.

Ashton Gate station - railway bridges old and new, 1970s

Flickr user Blue_Pelican_railway uploaded this one dated 1977, showing that the warehouse on the right has now had its rail connection severed. Nature is starting to take hold of the platforms.

Ashton Gate Platform (1), 1977

Blue_Pelican_railway also uploaded this shot from May 1984 with a Billy Graham train in the foreground, and a BR Class 37 in the yard. The engineers depot was still in use at this time. The growth of surrounding foliage in the intervening years is evident.

 

Ashton Gate Platform (4), 1984

Helston Railway returns, and Christmas is around the corner…

It’s the first day of the Xmas Steam Up weekends tomorrow, so Portbury and the Fairbairn Steam Crane should be in action on the dockside.

This week, the lovely people from the Helston Railway in Cornwall have been back for more rail and sleepers. Here they are loading up (Photo from the Helston Railway Facebook page, click the link for more).

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Helston Railway Collects Rail

Some of the surplus track lifted during the remodelling of both ends of the line was collected by the volunteers at the Helston Railway in Cornwall.

This line is based at Trevarno, and they operate two Ruston diesel shunters very similar to the one based on the BHR.

The below photos appear here reposted from the Helston Railway’s Facebook Page.

Last Operating Weekend of 2014

This Saturday and Sunday are the last two days of operation on the BHR for the 2014 season, and possibly the last services to travel to Butterfly Junction in its present form before the remodelling in anticipation of the Metrobus route construction.

Come down and take a ride!

Level Crossing Work 2

Both lines have now been lifted, and the trackbed excavated.