Alex Seal

Bristol Old Station Signal Box

Photographs

© Harold D Bowtell - Bristol Old Station Don't Click Here! Don't Click Here!

44944 arrives in Platform 12, Bristol Temple Meads with a down service off the Midland. 26 September 1964

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Richard Hoskin  

Platform 15, a rarely photographed location.

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Quite possibly the best photograph I've ever seen of the trackwork within Bristol Old Station.

© Richard Hoskin

Richard Hoskin  

82041 Platform 14 Bristol Temple Meads Old Station 16 July 1965 presumably on a Bath Green Park service. A DMU sits in Platform 12.

© Richard Hoskin

Bristol Temple Meads Old Station British Rail Don't Click Here!
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A Pictorial Record Of Great Western Architecture
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Bristol Temple Meads Old Station Looking In Don't Click Here!
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Looking in to Bristol Temple Meads Old Station. Platform 12 on the left, Platform 14 on the right.

Birmingham - Bristol: Portrait Of A Famous Midland Route
Part Two: Cheltenham to Bristol and Bath

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Bristol Temple Meads Old Station Atmosphere Don't Click Here!
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An up parcels working for the north stands in Platform 12 and 13. Doesn't this photo just ooze atmosphere?

Birmingham - Bristol: Portrait Of A Famous Midland Route
Part Two: Cheltenham to Bristol and Bath
© South Devon Railway Museum

Bristol Temple Meads Old Station Colin Maggs Don't Click Here!
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'Black Five' No. 45335, with stock for the 9.15 a.m. stopping train to Gloucester, standing on one of the centre carriage roads in Brunel's terminus waiting to pull into platform 12 on 9.6.62. Note the plume of steam blowing off from the safety valves in the confines under the old station rook and at 225 lb per square inch this could be a deafening experience. Notice also the timber built platform to the right of the engine.

The Last Days Of Steam In Bristol And Somerset
© Colin G. Maggs

D. K. Jones Collection - Bristol Old Station Don't Click Here!
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Ex LMS 46100 'Royal Scot' rests in platform 13 at Bristol Temple Meads having arrived from the north in July 1961.

© D. K. Jones Collection

Aerial View Of Bristol Temple Meads Don't Click Here!
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An aerial view of Temple Meads, looking west, probably in the 'thirties, with the passenger station complex to the left and centre, and Temple Meads goods shed on the right. The harbour branch, which also served Redcliffe Goods, can be seen between them.

Great Western Journal No. 18 Spring 1996
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P J Kelley Bristol Old Station Don't Click Here!
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The lower part of the train shed in the background is Brunel's original terminus of 1840, the nearer section being completed in 1875. The photograph is from 22 May 1956, when two of BR's fairly new class 3 2-6-2Ts were in attendance, the one on the right being 82004. Behind it is Old Station Signal Box which controlled only that area and was in use until 12 September 1965, when all the visible tracks were taken out of use. The part of platform 12 behind the camera was retained for Avonmouth DMUs.

Branch Lines Around Avonmouth
Hotwell, Severn Beach And Via Henbury
© P.J. Kelly

The Railway Magazine August 1909 Don't Click Here!
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Before the 1930s rebuilding this circa 1908 photograph shows platforms 5 and 6 on the left and 7 and 8 on the right.

The Railway Magazine, August 1909
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Rex O. Coffin 46103 Royal Scots Fusilier 19 May 1962 Don't Click Here!
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46103 Royal Scots Fusilier of Saltley 21a Shed having arrived with a stopping train from Gloucester. 19 May 1962

Steam Around Bristol
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R C Riley Bristol Temple Meads Old Station Don't Click Here!
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Transport Treasury
© Richard C, Riley / RCR 16854

N L Browne Don't Click Here!
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Most Gloucester trains used the northern platforms, which were contained within Bristol's first station, designed by IK Brunel for the GWR trains from London. Standing on the centre road on 18 September 1958 is BR 2-6-2T 82033, The line diverged into two sidings. The platforms were numbered 12 and 14.

Gloucester To Bristol
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T Nicholls 23 April 1963 Don't Click Here!
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Moving inside the fine 1840 train shed on 23 April 1963 we witness BR 75001 aiding a diseased DMU near Old Station Signal Box. This closed on 12 September 1965 when all these trains were taken out of use. The listed building remains, but ineptly used as a car park.

Gloucester To Bristol
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Colin G. Maggs Bristol Temple Meads Old Station Don't Click Here!
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Brunel's train shed in the background, viewed in October 1965 from beneath Wyatt's extension of 1878

GWR Principal Stations
© Colin G.Maggs

Real Photographs 6440 Bristol Old Station Don't Click Here!
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5000 Launceston Castle in pristine condition stands next to Bristol Old Station Signal Box, within the 1870s extension to Brunel's train shed.

GWR Principal Stations
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B J Ashworth 82041 Bristol Temple Meads - Bath Green Park 3 October 1964 Don't Click Here!
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Class 3MT 82041 heads the 1212 stopping train to Bath Green Park on 3 October 1964. The details of Wyatt's extension to the original Brunel train shed show clearly in this view.

GWR Principal Stations
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M.A.N. Johnston Bristol Old Station 10 September 1960 Don't Click Here!
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The original train shed remained in use until 12 September 1965 and is seen here on 10 September 1960 after arrival from Gloucester behind 4-6-0 44804. The back of the train is at platform 12 and the front at 13. In the 1880s these has been departure platforms for the Midlands and South Wales respectively. There were two berthing roads in the centre, with platforms 14 and 15 against the north wall. The building is now used mainly for car parking and is Listed Grade 1. The "Empire and Commonwealth" exhibition opened in part of it in September 2002.

Swindon To Bristol via Bath Spa
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M.A.N. Johnston Bristol Old Station 10 September 1960 Don't Click Here!
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A rare view of the interior of Brunel's terminus, with track maintenance in hand. Taken in 1958 when the station was still in use, this shows the junction of the original roof with the later extension by Digby Wyatt, and the addition of the larger vents at the ridge. In the background the trackwork between the pillars in the former Engine and Carriage Shed area extends to the rear of the Office Block, with the widened arrival platform on the left (accomplished by the loss of one of the original broad gauge tracks) and partially widened Departure platform on the right.

Brunel's Bristol Temple Meads
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© R. K. Blencowe Negative Archive Don't Click Here!
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In June 1963 70047, the only BR 7P not named, stands in Platform 14 having arrived from the north with an express train.

© R. K. Blencowe Negative Archive

George Heiron GH661 Don't Click Here!
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Jubilee 45658 of Leeds Holbeck 55a Shed simmers in Platform 12 waiting to head north on an express. Meanwhile passengers board a Derby 3 Car DMU, later Class 116, standing in Platform 14, probably forming a local service to Avonmouth. Note the water crane for engines standing on the middle road.

© Transport Treasury / George Heiron GH661

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An ex Great Western Railway Railcar W25W stands between turns in Platform 15 by Bristol Old Station Signal Box. To the right of the signal box is the top of one of two subways that linked platform 14 and 15 to the rest of Bristol Temple Meads. It is also an excellent photograph of the banner repeater style stop signals 25 / 26 / 27 and the double disc 24 (selected) / 28 that controlled movements out of No. 2 siding.

© Transport Treasury / George Heiron GH1007

Anthony E Bennett B63407 Don't Click Here!
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On 16 July 1963 44135 basks in the sun streaming through the roof of Brunel's Bristol Temple Meads Old Station, possibly on an empty stock working from Lawrence Hill Jn. Carriage Sidings (judging from where it has stopped and the headlamp). Interestingly the Derby DMU displays Bristol (L.M.) in its destination blind.

© Transport Treasury / Anthony E Bennett B6340

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Platform 13 Bristol Temple Meads on 26 August 1965, only a couple of weeks before this part of the station closed.

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