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51.472937, -2.573955, Narroways Hill
 
51.473805, -2.573547, Site of footbridge across Midland Railway line.
 
51.473498, -2.574513, Midland Railway bridge. (site of)
 
51.47172, -2.572346, Narroways Junction
 
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'''To Bristol''': [[Glenfrome Road]]<br>
 
'''To Bristol''': [[Glenfrome Road]]<br>
'''To Wales, The North or London''': [[Boiling Wells]]<br>
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'''To Wales, The North or London''': [[Boiling Wells Lane]]<br>
 
'''To Kingswood Junction''': [[Glenfrome Road (2)|Glenfrome Road]]<br>
 
'''To Kingswood Junction''': [[Glenfrome Road (2)|Glenfrome Road]]<br>
 
'''To Avonmouth''': [[Mina Road]]<br>
 
'''To Avonmouth''': [[Mina Road]]<br>
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
 
Narroways Hill got it's name from the nearby Narroways Road which used to be nothing more than a small footpath between St Werburghs Church and [[Mina Road]]. For many years the lane was known as Cut-Throat Lane after a particularly gruesome murder that took place there.
 
Narroways Hill got it's name from the nearby Narroways Road which used to be nothing more than a small footpath between St Werburghs Church and [[Mina Road]]. For many years the lane was known as Cut-Throat Lane after a particularly gruesome murder that took place there.
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== 1950s ==
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Image:2883-1.jpg|2883 descends Filton Bank with the 0710 Rogerstone-Tavistock Junction loco coal on 10/3/52. [[Ashley Hill]] station is visible in the distance. ''&copy; [[:Category:Michael Jackson|Michael Jackson]]''
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== 1960s ==
 
== 1960s ==
 
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Image:Narroways Hill1.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill1.jpg|A [[Class 47]] storms through Narroways Junction in the early 1960s. Four tracks up Filton Bank, lots of semaphore signals, double track [[:Category:The Severn Beach Line|Severn Beach Line]] connection and coal wagons in the gas works.  ''&copy; [[:Category:Ian Tiley|Ian Tiley]]''
Image:Narroways Hill2.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill2.jpg|The [[w:Midland Railway|Midland Railway]] bridge carrying the [[:Category:Clifton Extension Railway|Clifton Extension Railway]] line between [[Ashley Hill Junction]] and [[Kingswood Junction]]. Ashley Hill Junction is visible in the distance. ''&copy; [[:Category:Ian Tiley|Ian Tiley]]''
 
Image:Narroways Hill3.jpg|The view along the Midland Railway line towards [[Kingswood Junction]]. The [[13 Arches Viaduct]] is visible in the distance. ''&copy; [[:Category:Ian Tiley|Ian Tiley]]''
 
Image:Narroways Hill3.jpg|The view along the Midland Railway line towards [[Kingswood Junction]]. The [[13 Arches Viaduct]] is visible in the distance. ''&copy; [[:Category:Ian Tiley|Ian Tiley]]''
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== 1970s ==
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Image:Narroways Junction40.jpg|A [[Class 52|Wezzie]] powered [[Paignton]] to [[Cardiff]] express climbs the hill. ''&copy; [[:Category:Andy Kirkham|Andy Kirkham]]''
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Image:Narroways Junction41.jpg|A [[Class 45|Peak]] trundles past in the opposite direction. ''&copy; [[:Category:Andy Kirkham|Andy Kirkham]]''
 
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</gallery>
 
== 1990s ==
 
== 1990s ==
 
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Image:Narroways Hill1.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill4.jpg|The 1220 Furzebrook-Hallen Marsh LPG train passes the junction in 1996. ''&copy; [[:Category:Chris Hopkins|Chris Hopkins]]''
Image:Narroways Hill2.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill3.jpg|
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</gallery>
 
== 2005 ==
 
== 2005 ==
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
Image:Narroways Hill1.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill5.jpg|The view south from Narroways Hill. In the far distance the line curves and enters [[Stapleton Road]] station. The scrapyard at the right of the railway is alongside the [[M32]] motorway and was once rail served and even had it's own 03 shunter. It's built on the site of Stapleton Road goods yard. The line curving away on the right is [[:Category:The Severn Beach Line|The Severn Beach Line]].
Image:Narroways Hill2.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill6.jpg|Looking north towards [[Ashley Hill]] with the Brunel college (once an old orphanage) visible at the top left of the hill. The abutments belong to the bridge that carried the [[:Category:Clifton Extension Railway|Clifton Extension Railway]] route between [[Ashley Hill Junction]] and [[Kingswood Junction]].
Image:Narroways Hill3.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill7.jpg|The graffiti covered footbridge that crosses the mainline. Beyond this footbridge is a smaller one that crosses the Severn Beach line.
Image:Narroways Hill4.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill8.jpg|Looking in the opposite direction.
Image:Narroways Hill5.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill9.jpg|The bridge itself. Viewed from on top of Narroways Hill on 7.1.05.
Image:Narroways Hill6.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill10.jpg|The junction of the Severn Beach line, as viewed from the second footbridge. The line curves around beneath this spot and then crosses [[Mina Road]] in [[w:St Werburghs|St Werburghs]]. The whole line, with the exception of the passing loop at [[Clifton Down]], was singled on the 19th October [[1970]].
Image:Narroways Hill7.jpg|
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Image:143611-15.jpg|The same view on 7.1.05 with [[143611]] heading for [[Montpelier]] station.
Image:Narroways Hill8.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill12.jpg|The opposite view.
Image:Narroways Hill9.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill13.jpg|A look along the footbridge that crosses the Severn Beach line.
Image:Narroways Hill10.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill14.jpg|A really nice view of this second footbridge.
Image:Narroways Hill11.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill15.jpg|Back on top of Narroways Hill and this is the view of the west abutment of the dismantled connecting line. The sheer amount of hill that was carted away to create these two railway lines at this location is amazing.
Image:Narroways Hill12.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill16.jpg|The route of the Midland Railway through Narroways Hill.
Image:Narroways Hill13.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill17.jpg|Looking East at the now filled in cutting.
Image:Narroways Hill14.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill18.jpg|The cutting has long been filled in. The line of houses on the right give away the direction the line went in, and in the middle of the photo is a lampost with a blue sign attached. That's where the railway crossed [[Glenfrome Road (2)|Glenfrome Road]]. This is the same view as in Ian Tiley's photo at the top of the page.
Image:Narroways Hill15.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill19.jpg|On 7.1.05 I caught a loaded MGR en route to Didcot from Avonmouth.
Image:Narroways Hill16.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill17.jpg|
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'''Junction Renewal Work 5th-7th May 2007'''
 
'''Junction Renewal Work 5th-7th May 2007'''
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== 5.5.07 ==
 
== 5.5.07 ==
 
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<gallery>
Image:Narroways Hill1.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill20.jpg|A site visit by Jules captured track panels being removed. ''&copy; [[:Category:Julien Weston|Julien Weston]]''
Image:Narroways Hill2.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill21.jpg|These were taken to a spot to the north of the work area. ''&copy; [[:Category:Julien Weston|Julien Weston]]''
Image:Narroways Hill3.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill22.jpg|A general view of work in progress. The junction had disappeared from the Down line and a temporary line put in its place to allow works trains to remove the junction, track and spoil on the Up line. The new junction can be seen ready assembled on the left. ''&copy; [[:Category:Julien Weston|Julien Weston]]''
Image:Narroways Hill4.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill23.jpg|A view of the work site from the bridge over the Severn Beach branchline. ''&copy; [[:Category:Julien Weston|Julien Weston]]''
Image:Narroways Hill5.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill24.jpg|Later that day, and the Up main was in the process of being removed. The junction had been cut up and taken away, and an army of diggers were removing the old ballast. ''&copy; [[:Category:Ian Skinner|Ian Skinner]]''
Image:Narroways Hill6.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill25.jpg|A similar view of the work, this time taken from the footbridge across the Severn Beach line. ''&copy; [[:Category:Ian Skinner|Ian Skinner]]''
Image:Narroways Hill7.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill26.jpg|Two track machines carried more redundant pieces of track away. ''&copy; [[:Category:Ian Skinner|Ian Skinner]]''
Image:Narroways Hill8.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill27.jpg|The view north later that night. (about 8.30pm)
Image:Narroways Hill9.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill28.jpg|A zoomed view showing the new junction assembled and ready to be moved into place.
Image:Narroways Hill10.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill29.jpg|A train stood on the temporary Down line and was loaded with spoil from the site of the junction.
Image:Narroways Hill11.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill30.jpg|A slightly different view of the work.
Image:Narroways Hill12.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill31.jpg|The remains of one of the old points had been placed right beneath the footbridge.
 
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== 6.5.07 ==
 
== 6.5.07 ==
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
Image:Narroways Hill1.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill32.jpg|7.30 Sunday morning and the new point for the Severn Beach line was in place. ''&copy; [[:Category:Julien Weston|Julien Weston]]''
Image:Narroways Hill2.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill33.jpg|''&copy; [[:Category:Julien Weston|Julien Weston]]''
Image:Narroways Hill3.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill34.jpg|By 8.30pm all the new trackwork was in place. The crossover had been moved 60 yards to the south of its previous location. (possibly to move it away from Glenfrome Road Bridge?) ''&copy; [[:Category:Julien Weston|Julien Weston]]''
 
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</gallery>
 
== 7.5.07 ==
 
== 7.5.07 ==
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
Image:Narroways Hill1.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill35.jpg|Lunchtime Monday morning. [[66233]] faced the wrong way on the Up line.  ''&copy; [[:Category:Julien Weston|Julien Weston]]''
Image:Narroways Hill2.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill36.jpg|The train was being loaded with all the material that was dumped to the north of the main work area. ''&copy; [[:Category:Julien Weston|Julien Weston]]''
Image:Narroways Hill3.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill37.jpg|The catch point on the Severn Beach was having its motor attended to. The yellow signs seem to suggest that the line speed through the junction had now been increased. ''&copy; [[:Category:Julien Weston|Julien Weston]]''
Image:Narroways Hill4.jpg|
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Image:Narroways Hill38.jpg|An army of men were hard at work getting everything ready before the engineers gave possession of the line back to the signallers. ''&copy; [[:Category:Julien Weston|Julien Weston]]''
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A '''BIG''' heartfelt thank you to [[:Category:Julien Weston|Julien Weston]] and [[:Category:Ian Skinner|Ian Skinner]] (from this websites forum) for answering my plea for help in recording this event. Fantastic works lads! :)
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== 2009 ==
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19.10.09
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Image:NarrowaysHill39.jpg|A view south showing a new mobile communications mast has been installed.
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Image:NarrowaysHill40.jpg|Piles of steel sleepers await installation on the [[Severn Beach]] branch.
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== 2014 ==
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14.4.14
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<gallery>
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Image:Narrowayshill41.jpg|
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Image:Narrowayshill42.jpg|
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</gallery>
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A couple of photos showing the now caged bridges.
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== 2018 ==
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Image:Narrowayshill46.jpg|Information regarding the installation of a new bridge at this location.
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Image:Narrowayshill43.jpg|The new footbridge after installation.
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Image:Narrowayshill44.jpg|Although new, it's already covered in graffiti.
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Image:Narrowayshill45.jpg|looking up the hill and the old parapet of te Clifton Extension Railway has been removed in preparation of the four tracking of Filton Bank.
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Image:Narrowayshill47.jpg|The view south. The mobile mast installed in 2009 has been moved to create room for the new railway.
 
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== Videos ==
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*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFh15wA0Uf8 Severn Beach Train at Narroways Hill]
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*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IwocI3CKjo Class 143 at Narroways Hill]
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*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JLh_WpqGzA Class 153 at Narroways Hill]
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*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGkGkzqF_-Y Voyager at Narroways Hill]
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*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDK5efTAuOU The Great Britain, Day 3, 71000. 14.4.07]
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*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncP9kveAreU 6201 Princess Elizabath Attacks Filton Bank 15-09-07]
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*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPrMGVWQbtM 6201 Princess Elizabeth storming up Horfield Bank, 13.10.07]
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*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCbuPOFUCqI 6201 Princess Elizabeth Climbs Horfield Bank 10/11/07]
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*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iU6PAO_WfZI 6201 The Welsh Marches Express 10th Nov 2007]
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[[Category:Bridges:Demolished]]
 
[[Category:Bridges:Demolished]]
 
[[Category:Bridges:Footbridges]]
 
[[Category:Bridges:Footbridges]]
 
[[Category:Clifton Extension Railway]]
 
[[Category:Clifton Extension Railway]]
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[[Category:Filton Bank]]
 
[[Category:GWR]]
 
[[Category:GWR]]
[[Chris Hopkins]]
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[[Category:Chris Hopkins]]
 
[[Category:Junctions]]
 
[[Category:Junctions]]
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[[Category:Michael Jackson]]
 
[[Category:MR]]
 
[[Category:MR]]
 
[[Category:The Severn Beach Line]]
 
[[Category:The Severn Beach Line]]
 
[[Category:Ian Skinner]]
 
[[Category:Ian Skinner]]
 
[[Category:Ian Tiley]]
 
[[Category:Ian Tiley]]
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[[Category:Videos]]
 
[[Category:Julien Weston]]
 
[[Category:Julien Weston]]

Latest revision as of 22:31, 3 December 2018

To Bristol: Glenfrome Road
To Wales, The North or London: Boiling Wells Lane
To Kingswood Junction: Glenfrome Road
To Avonmouth: Mina Road

History

Narroways Hill got it's name from the nearby Narroways Road which used to be nothing more than a small footpath between St Werburghs Church and Mina Road. For many years the lane was known as Cut-Throat Lane after a particularly gruesome murder that took place there.

1950s

1960s

1970s

1990s

2005

Junction Renewal Work 5th-7th May 2007

5.5.07

6.5.07

7.5.07

A BIG heartfelt thank you to Julien Weston and Ian Skinner (from this websites forum) for answering my plea for help in recording this event. Fantastic works lads! :)

2009

19.10.09

2014

14.4.14

A couple of photos showing the now caged bridges.

2018

Videos