You may have aready seen this petition, about Ashburton station.
please pass on. Regards Steve Widdowson
Bristol Bath Road Shed
My acquaintance with it began in 1980 when I would regularly pass by en-route to Exeter and then after moving to Weston-super-Mare in 1986, Bath Road (or BR as British Rail coded it) became 'my' local depot.
Surrounded by running lines to the West and rear and the River Avon to the East, attempts to get around the site proved almost impossible due to official access being via the walk way over the running lines at Temple Meads or the main entrance to the shed off Bath Road itself. Many was the time on going down the depot access steps that I would be walking back up them moments later!
In common with depots around the country, Bath Road saw a gradual decline in importance as traffic patterns and impending privatisation saw locos withdrawn or reallocated. By 1995 the writing was on the wall and in July of that year InterCity Cross Country pulled the plug on their locos being serviced at the depot. The two other users of Bath Road would follow suit in the same year with RES (Rail Express Systems) opting for a site at Bristol Barton Hill and InterCity Great Western concentrating on the adjacent St Philip's Marsh site. The depot finally succumbed to closure on the 28th September 1995.
Having taken many an image of the depot from the platforms at Temple Meads, I realised that time for getting pictures from within the depot confines was becoming less and on hearing that Cross Country were to leave the site I decided that maybe this would be my one chance to succeed.
Thus early on Sunday 23rd July I made the familiar journey from Weston to Bristol Temple Meads and duly made my way up Bath Road but this time with a different method of entry planned! Squeezed in between the rear of the depot and the avoiding line to St Philip's Marsh was an access road which led up to Bath Road (this was the main reason the depot kept its turntable in order to turn visiting delivery vehicles due to lack of space to reverse).
Donning a hi-viz vest I wandered down the road, under the Bath Road bridge and into the depot before making my way around to the front where I found the depot supervisor at work in his office. I fully expected to be given the boot but on striking up a conversation with him I was told to not make it too obvious what I was about and to let him know when I had finished - success at last!
I managed to secure quite a few images amongst which were some of 47.743 "THE BOBBY" which was involved in a severe derailment North of York the very next day.
As I left the depot I managed to take a picture of the gentleman who had been kind enough to facilitate my visit with the intention of passing it on by way of thanks. Unfortunately I never got to visit again before the depot shut and not having his details I wasn't able to send him the image.
I have listed the picture on a number of forums but to date haven't succeeded in finding any details for him so if anyone recognises the face then that would be great - with the advent of social media then maybe I can finally put a name to that face. See below.
Yeovil Railway Centre