North Somerset/Cheddar Valley


A Round Trip, via the Strawberry Line

The journey starts in "railway weather" - otherwise known as rain (some like to call it "liquid sunshine" !) - at North Somerset Junction, east of Bristol Temple Meads station, (seen here with a different train). Our dmu special forks right, onto the normally freight-only branch, about three years after passenger services ceased in 1959. Part of the route lies in the rain shadow from the Mendips, so precipitation - today due to a frontal system -  is no great surprise at all. North Somerset Junction
map diagram
After heading up through Brislington station, next door to "Bristol" buses - the company that, amazingly, led to Concorde, we continue at sub-sonic speed. Hilly terrain may have slowed trains to Radstock and Frome, but even today by road it's still not a fast journey. In those hills are coal, in a more convoluted continuation of the Welsh seams, ( making them harder to work ).
Pensford - mining village itself - has other claims to fame; the great Acker Bilk,  - and a magnificent railway viaduct »
Pensford viaduct
Pensford signal box
Pensford station platform, and special.

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