There hasn't been an Avon Riverside Progress report on 'Semaphore Online' for a little while, so here is a bumper selection showing you what the station looks like in early/middle January.

These first two photographs show the Permanent Way and Crane gangs loading more sleepers at the southern end of the loop in readiness for laying the headshunt.  Photo's - Tony Wray.

At the other end of the loop, looking south towards Bath, another gang were installing the ground frame to control the northern point.  Photo - Tony Wray.

These two photo's show Polish Ferrum Tkh 'Karel' being tested for clearance against the platform.  The boiler is away for major repairs at the moment, but it is hoped that it will be reunited with the engine soon for a planned return to service around May.  Photo's - Tony Wray.

AND THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE NOW.  This shot by Neil Davies shows the ramps in position and the lamp standards installed.  Photo - Neil Davies.

Another view of the platform, this time looking north towards Bitton.  Photo - Neil Davies.

With the historic Bitton Church in the background, this shot shows the paving slabs loaded ready for fitting to the top of the platform.  Photo - Neil Davies.

ONWARDS TO BATH - well not quite yet, once the station is open (still planned for Easter) the railway will be consolidating its position and concentrating on improving visitor amenities and attractions at Bitton.  This shot shows the trackbed cleared for a distance of a couple of hundred yards south towards Kelston and Bath.  Photo - Neil Davies.

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This page last updated by Tony Wray on 26/1/2004.