This section contains articles that cannot be categorised as specifically historical to the Mangotsfield to Bath branch, written by railwaymen, or local residents memories.
D DAY DIESELS - AND GOING DUTCH - by John
Details of some of the diesels that took part in the D Day landings, and the recent anniversary of this event.
STEAM ARCHIVE - Photographic
Details of Steam Archive, which has some 10,000 pictures available for purchase.
LITTLETON 1975 - LOVE REMEMBERED by
Memories of Littleton No. 5 on the Great Central Railway in the mid 1970's.
AVR MAN DRIVES POLISH STEAM LOCO by Clive
The Wolsztyn Experience in Poland allows you to drive steam locomotives on the main line.
AVONSIDE ALONG THE AVONSIDE by Paul
The reopening of the Portishead branch for EWS freight traffic, and the running of an Avonside steam locomotive on the first day.
200 MILLION YEARS AGO by Tony Wray - not
that I'm that old :-)
A fascinating collection of fossils, including some of the earliest Ammonites in the country) were uncovered when Cherry Garden Cutting was excavated in 1865.
THE WORKINGS OF 45379 by Trevor
Details of the workings and sightings of Stanier Class Five No. 45379, now being restored on the Mid-Hants Railway.
THE FINAL RUN OF 45379 by John
A log and article detailing the last run of 45379 before withdrawal.
LINES TO LITTLETON COLIERY, by Stanford
The working days of Littleton No. 5, the big Manning Wardle tank now at Bitton, are recounted in this article which looks at the locomotive's NCB days.
THE PIONEERING DAYS, by Terry Osborne.
Terry Osborne, one of the founder members of the Bristol Suburban Railway Society, recalls the very earliest days at Bitton, with a selection of never before printed photographs.
BRAVE JACK CHIDDY, by Anthony
Compressed from newspaper articles of 1936, this article tells the story of a brave quarryman who saved the 'Flying Dutchman' from certain disaster in 1876.
BY THE LINE IN '49 by Doug
In 1969 the last trains ran through Mangotsfield Station. This poem relives memories of twenty years before.
A GHOST STORY FOR CHISTMAS by P
Everything else on this web site is fact - but this is fiction.
Or is it??
BRITAIN'S BEST LOCO by Anthony
In 1948 a series of locomotive exchanges took place between the 'Big Four' - did the results of the trials produce an overall winner - a engine that could be classed as 'Britain's Best Loco'?
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