More Glory Days 2


Is it the GWR? - or the SDJR? The answer is - both. There was a short period (circa 1962?) when Western Region motive power ran on the S&D...here we see 0-6-0- no. 2247 leaving Bason Bridge, where Unigate had a milk processing factory - you can see some tank cars on the right. This stretch was worked as a siding for a while after closure.
A more traditional view below:-
0-6-0 no.2247 heads eastward past the Unigate factory, Bason Bridge.
A southbound S&D local This southbound local is seen from a leafy lane between Midford and Wellow. Still in quintessential S&D territory, another southbound train approaches Wellow, behind BR Standard no. 75005, with a cab view and wisp of steam as it clears the bridge:-
No. 75005 and another southbound train, approaching Wellow
Clearing the bridge - no.75005
Although we have been examining pictures of motive power at work on trains, many enthusiasts found the atmosphere of sheds truly magnetic. Here we have a view of Barrow Road, Bristol. The main Midland line was, of course, to the left, and then on the right  carriage sidings plus the by then closed St.Philips station. In the foreground, 8F 2-8-0 no. 48412.
It is a salutary thought that the main line - built to bring coal to Bristol - predated Brunel's. The 1835 opening came 5 years earlier than the Great Western Bristol to London line.
Bristol Barrow Road Shed.

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