Railway Inspectorate visit to Avon Riverside
(All photo's - David Cole)

On 4th March the Railway Inspectorate visited Avon Riverside to view the work undertaken to build our new station - this being a pre-requisite to allowing us to operate trains to the River, hopefully at Easter.

The Railway Inspector was very impressed with the work that had been carried out at Avon Riverside, however there were a number of small jobs that still needed to be completed including additional ballasting and tamping, completing the fencing, erecting signs, tarmacing the platform and placing a quantity of sleepers on the end of the headshunt to act as a buffer stop.  It is hoped to complete all of these jobs by the end of this month.

Once all the work is completed there is a second matter that needs to be finalised before we can eventually take passengers to view the delights of the Avon Valley and this is that the Rail Regulator has to issue a licence exemption certificate to us.  This is necessary because we are exempt from the full regulations that apply to the main line railways as we are not running to their standards or speeds.  Naturally we hope that this also will come through in time for us to have an Easter opening to Avon Riverside.

The first three photographs below show the Railway Inspector undertaking his examination at Avon Riverside.

These next five pictures show the newly overhauled diesel 'Kingswood' arriving at Avon Riverside with a three coach test train, then running round using the newly laid loop.

This final picture shows driver John Payne and guard Oliver Holmes with the train ready to depart Avon Riverside for Bitton.

All Photo's - Dave Cole.

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