MAKING TRACKS THROUGH THE AVON VALLEY
By PAUL NORMANTON
This book explores the history of railways through Bristol's Avon Valley, starting with the horse and gravity powered mineral railway of 1832, the arrival of the Midland Railway in 1869, the connection with the Somerset & Dorset Railway in 1874 and the eventual line closure by British Railways in 1966. It examines the route today, looking at the stations, the features and seeks out points of interest, both railway and non-railway related. It also explores the current operations of the Avon Valley Railway, the locomotives and rolling stock and the railway's plans for the future. Supported by nearly 100 photographs, the book aims to portray what can be seen now, how some things have changed in over 150 years, and how some things haven't!