Your piece on Clifton Tunnel reminded me of our recent caravan trip on the 9th October 2021 to Bath and an "Awayday" we took from Bath Spa to Severn Beach. We have done the trip several times and have to admit that Severn Beach is rapidly changing from "Southend-on-Severn" to a sought after Bristol commuter suburb . The only reservation we have is that you will need triple glazed windows or poor hearing, or both, as the noise of traffic crossing the "Prince of Wales" bridge is all-pervading. This not withstanding, the area is paradise for birders and in Winter, huge flocks of waders feed on the extensive low tide mudflats or roost in the salt marshes.
The GWR marketing dept have combined the name "Seven Beach Line" with a logo showing the Clifton Suspension Bridge. However, try as I might, I have been unable to see this from the passenger seats as encroaching foliage has narrowed the view. Perhaps a friendly driver could provide a shot for our records?
On our return we passed a red DB Class 66 waiting in Avonmouth Stn for a clear road into SUEZ "Power From Waste" plant and now that the line is to be upgraded to a half-hourly service, there may be opportunities for photography here.
Good wishes to all,
We lived at Calne in Wiltshire from 1965 to 69. One of our quite frequent rail trips was from Chippenham to Severn Beach. To a Cornishman, with memories of local Porthtowan beach not knowing what to expect, our first trip was quite an experience. The journey through industrial Avonmouth to the run down fairground at Severn Beach was very different to what we expected. Severn Beach village lies behind a high sea wall with no sea view. As for the beach - no golden sand here just a muddy stretch swept by a vicious tide with one of the highest tidal ranges in the world.
Mark D. Howells
My most recent trip to Cornwall included taking line blockages with our local drainage maintenance team of both the Up and Down main lines in the Polperro tunnel area including the tunnel itself on the 7th December 2021.
All pictures taken from either a position of safety or within planned line blockage with the appropriate signallers.
Two signallers in this instance, the Up line being controlled from Truro signal box with the Down line being controlled from Par signal box.
No train reporting details gathered, although the pictures are dated and time stamped – so I guess with some patience the trains could be identified or at least the service they were operating. I was more focussed on looking at drainage!
Definitely a difference perspective in these pictures.
Mark Dennis Howells BEng (Hons) MPWI MIAM
Senior Asset Engineer (Drainage & Lineside)
The following month, it was renumbered back to 47551, as illustrated today by Ron Kosys’ photo at Oborne, dated 24 May 92, at that time allocated to the
West of England Line.
Hope this is of interest,
Best regards. Bill Elston.