<googlemap lat="51.452456" lon="-2.578354"> 51.451627, -2.579019, Avon Street </googlemap>
This was the terminus of the Bristol & Gloucestershire Railway, a line built to bring coal from the coalfields north of Bristol to the heart of the city. It's a shame that nothing stands here to inform the casual observer of the historical importance of the area. In modern times the line became a branch from Lawrence Hill to a cement terminal and was worked by Class 03 locomotives from Bath Road Depot.
A track plan of the Avonside area from 1902.
1950s & 1960s
Avon Street in the late 50s early 60s. 16ton mineral wagons stand at the wharf's edge. © Clive Moore
Under the arches. © Clive Moore
A booking office in the shadows. © Clive Moore
Railway workers under the arches at Avon Street. A brilliant photo that looks like a scene from a horror movie :) © Clive Moore
The United Yeast factory that stood on Avon Street before the cement plant was built. © Clive Moore
Flag men stand on the road and protect the railway from traffic. © Dunstable Dasher
Closer to the camera. © Dunstable Dasher
The driver and flagmen exchange words. I can imagine it went something along the lines of 'hurry up mate, it's bloody freezing stood here' © Dunstable Dasher
Entering the cement depot. © Dunstable Dasher
A great look at some of the structures at the Blue Circle cement depot. © Dunstable Dasher
Looking in the opposite direction along Avon Street. © Dunstable Dasher
The pipes in the ground are so water levels can be monitored in the now filled in wharf. The buffer stop in the 1950s photo (above) is still in place. © Clive Moore
These are the tracks that went to the cement works. © Clive Moore
This line ran under the arches to the Midland goods shed beyond. © Clive Moore
Looking across Avon street. The pair of lines to the left went through the arches to the midland goods shed, while the lines on the right went to the buffer stop again where the wagons are stood in Clives 1950s photo. © Clive Moore
Looking towards Barton Road. Nothing is left except rails embedded in the tarmac. Just visible in the background is the white building seen in a previous photo. This area has become housing.
Looking in the direction of Barton Road once again and the only remnant of the past left is this weighbridge.