- Clifton Extension Railway
Description of line
The railway ran from a junction with the GWR at Narroways Hill, just north of Stapleton Road railway station, to Avonmouth Docks. The branch was joined at Ashley Hill junction, just beyond Narroways Hill, by a line which left the Midland main line at Kingswood Junction, south-west of Fishponds station.
The first section of line through Montpelier to Clifton Down opened on 1 October 1874. The greatest engineering feature of the branch was a mile-long tunnel underneath Clifton Down. The section through the tunnel from Clifton Down station to Sneyd Park Junction, where it connected to the Bristol Port Railway, opened to goods traffic in 1877 and to passenger trains on 1 September 1885.
Originally the railway was promoted by the Bristol Port Railway and Pier Company, incorporated under the Bristol Port Railway and Pier Act of 17 June 1862. In 1871 the railway was transferred to the Great Western and Midland railway companies jointly, under the Great Western and Midland railway companies (Clifton and Bristol) Act of 25 May 1871, and the Midland Railway (Additional Powers) Act of 25 July 1890. The line was administered by the Clifton Extension Railway Joint Committee until 1894, and from then the Great Western and Midland Railways Joint Committee.
Severn Beach Line detailed mapLegend South Wales Main Line Pilning Cross Hands Halt River Severn New Passage Pier New Passage Halt Severn Tunnel South Wales Main Line Station Road Severn Beach A403 Severn Road Border of Bristol Henbury Loop A403 St Andrew's Road Kings Weston Lane Stores Road Zinc Road St Andrew's Road Avonmouth Docks Avonmouth Victoria Road River Severn M5 Avonmouth Bridge Portway (proposed) Station Road Shirehampton Hung Road Woodwell Road River Trym Sea Mills A4 Portway Sneyd Park Junction Clifton Down Tunnel (1751 yds) Circular Road Hotwells Halt Ladies Mile Hotwells River Avon A4176 Clifton Down B4467 Pembroke Road Downfield Road Apsley Road Beaufort Road Duchess Road Clifton Down Tunnel (1751 yds) St John's Road Clifton Down A4018 Whiteladies Road Hampton Park Hampton Road Redland Grove Redland Redland Road Kingsley Road A38 Cheltenham Road Montpelier St Andrew's Road Montpelier Tunnel (288 yds) B4052 Ashley Road Cross Country Route Mina Road Midland Railway Narroways Junction James Street M32 motorway A432 Stapleton Road Stapleton Road St Mark's Road Bannerman Road B4465 Easton Road Midland Railway To waste depot Lawrence Hill A420 Church Road Ducie Road Barton Hill Road Dr Days Junction Silverthorne Lane Great Western Main Line A4320 St Philips Causeway Silverthorne Lane Temple Meads Goods Depot Kingsland Road Gas Lane Avon Street Bristol Docks Bristol Temple Meads Cattle Market Road River Avon Bristol to Taunton Line
The line from Narroways Hill is now part of the Severn Beach Line.
- ^ Maggs, C. (1981) Rail Centres: Bristol Ian Allan ISBN 0-7110-1153-2
- ^ "Series reference RAIL 81 - Bristol Port Railway and Pier Company (including Clifton Extension Railway)". National Archives. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue/DisplayCatalogueDetails.asp?CATID=11056&CATLN=3&FullDetails=True. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
- ^ Viaduct Demolished. British Pathe. 26 May 1968. 3311.14 / UN 4356 C. http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=73140. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
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