Bitton Station, Bath Road, Willsbridge, Bristol. BS30 6HD
Tel: (+44) 0117 9325538 - General Enquiries.
Tel: (+44) 0117 9327296 - 24 Hour Talking Timetable.
Fax: (+44) 0117 9325935
EMail: [email protected]



The aim of the Avon Valley Railway Heritage Trust is to restore, preserve and operate railway locomotives, carriages, wagons, vehicles and other artefacts of historical interest and the structures connected therewith for the benefit and education of the public; to conserve books, drawings, records, documents, sound and visual recordings, cinematography films and photographs and other archives relating to such objects, their history and their development. All this shall be for the public benefit, for educational and instructional purposes, and to stimulate and encourage interest in all kinds of railway transport systems, vehicles and equipment and to foster and support railway preservation.

In pursuit of this object the aim is to relay and operate as much as possible of the former L.M.S. Mangotsfield to Bath branch railway, based upon Bitton Station. In doing so, to provide additional recreation, leisure and tourist amenities and to provide worthwhile spare time activities for a wide range of ages.


Semaphore is the magazine produced by the Avon Valley Railway Heritage Trust to keep members updated with progress on the railway.  It is a full colour, A4 publication and features news, articles, reviews, etc., etc.

Ground Signal is the complimentary newsletter to Semaphore magazine, produced around six times a year with up to the minute news of progress being made on the AVR.  Together the magazine and newsletter provide members with a bi-monthly update on the railway .

Whistle Blower is an in-house newsletter for the working members at Bitton.

Semaphore Online is the electronic version of the above three publications, allowing the wider world to see not only the progress at the railway, but also to view the many historical articles and photographs that have been collected over the last 30+ years of Semaphore's life span.


David Cole - [email protected]
Stuart Hobday - [email protected]
Tony Wray - [email protected]


Tony Wray - [email protected]


The Trustees are ultimately responsible for ALL activities on the railway.

Chairman - Bob Hitchings OBE
Vice Chairman - Ken Goodway - [email protected]
Geoff Clark - [email protected]
John Miles
Clive Tilling
Paul Baulch


The Trustees have appointed a Board of Directors who are responsible for the commercial activities and day to day operation of the Avon Valley Railway Co Ltd.

Chairman - Stuart Hobday - [email protected]
Ken Goodway - [email protected]
Pete Bell  [email protected]
John Whale
Clive Tilling
plus at present one vacancy.


Marion & David Godden.  Send all enquiries to:- Bitton Railway Company Ltd., Bitton Station, Bath Road, Willsbridge, Bristol. BS30 6HD - [email protected]

Business Development Manager
David Cole - [email protected]

Operating Superintendent
Ken Goodway - [email protected]

James Webb - [email protected]

Dot Bryant - [email protected]

Aaron Stone

Paul Baulch

Permanent Way
Bill Bater

Carriage & Wagon
Oliver Holmes - [email protected]

Steam Locomotive Superintendent
John Miles

Diesel Locomotive Superintendent
John Payne

Crane Superintendent
Gordon Ashton - [email protected]

If you would like to help in any of the above departments please contact the person listed

or the railway's email address -

[email protected]

 - we will be delighted to hear from you.

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This page last updated by Tony Wray on 23/12/2004.