Museum Collection: Transport

Museum Collection: Transport

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A copper alloy button with the intertwined letters GWR. It would have dropped off the uniform of a Great Western Railway employee and was found in Sandy Leaze, which was a field that was built over in the 1960s.

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Holt Junction Station

Holt Junction Station

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Enamelled sign from the station, now in the museum

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The original plan of the Great Western Railway (GWR) between London and Bristol in 1835 was for there to be branches to Bradford, Trowbridge and...

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Limpley Stoke Station

Limpley Stoke Station

The station dates from 1857, when the Bradford to Bathampton branch of the Wilts Somerset & Weymouth Railway (WSWR) was finally completed by the Great Western company (GWR). A small yard was used to load building stone from nearby quarries, but closed in 1960.

Limpley Stoke became a terminus and a junction in 1910 with the construction of the Camerton Branch of the GWR’s...

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Avoncliff Halt

Avoncliff Halt

A halt was opened by the Great Western Railway on the Winsley side of Avoncliff on 9th July 1906. There had previously been a siding for stone from Westwood Quarry on the other side of the aqueduct. Somehow it was not closed in the 1960s, when so many others were axed, largely because it was impractical to replace it with a bus route. Local people in period costume celebrated its 150th...

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A Bradford-centric railway map

A Bradford-centric railway map

Bradford was well-served by railways, but was not really the hub of the system! The map shows lines and stations, some still functioning, some swept away by the Beeching axe in the 1960s.

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Railways

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Bradford had been promised a branch line in the original Great Western Railway (GWR) Act of 1835, terminating at Kingston Farm next to The Hall, but it was not built. Again, a line through Bradford to Bathampton was included in the Wilts, Somerset & Weymouth Railway (WSWR) Act of 1845, probably to block the London &...

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