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St. Philips Marsh Depot

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bella

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I believe this is on the south side of the Temple Meads avoiding line. I'd like to take photos of any team locos stabled there. Do any trains pass the stabling point and if so what services?

Alternatively is there a good vantage point anywhere close where I could zoom in to take photos?

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I meant STEAM locos!
 
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I believe this is on the south side of the Temple Meads avoiding line. I'd like to take photos of any team locos stabled there. Do any trains pass the stabling point and if so what services?

Alternatively is there a good vantage point anywhere close where I could zoom in to take photos?

Many thanks
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I meant STEAM locos!

You won't see it from trains as it is hidden away out of sight of the Main Line. No passenger trains run over the avoider line, used for ECS to and from Depot only.
 

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OP, are you getting St Philips Marsh Depot and Bristol Barton Hill mixed up? St Philips Marsh is the FGW depot hidden on effectively a balloon loop, there is no public service near it and it can't be seen from the mainline. That and it doesn't tend to see steam locos.

Barton Hill on the other hand is a few hundred meters north of Temple Meads, easily visible from the running lines heading north and is often used to stable and service steam locos. Infact on Google Maps there is actually visible a steam loco stabled there (looks like a big GWR design, probably a King or Castle)
 
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OK. Although it didn't happen, I note though that 34046 had been scheduled to arrive at St Philips on 28/7 from Gloucester after its steam tour.
 

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OK. Although it didn't happen, I note though that 34046 had been scheduled to arrive at St Philips on 28/7 from Gloucester after its steam tour.
Sending a loco round the Marsh is sometimes a way of turning it if there isn't a path available to send it up to Lawrence Hill and back via the loop at Day's Jn.

Passenger services do occasionally go past the Marsh, usually when a HST has a defective speedo at one end as it turns the set. It's quite amusing to see the look of panic on some pax's faces if they haven't been forewarned of the reversal.
 
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Sending a loco round the Marsh is sometimes a way of turning it if there isn't a path available to send it up to Lawrence Hill and back via the loop at Day's Jn.

Passenger services do occasionally go past the Marsh, usually when a HST has a defective speedo at one end as it turns the set. It's quite amusing to see the look of panic on some pax's faces if they haven't been forewarned of the reversal.

I can't recall any working like that with pax on in my 13 years working in the area. There needs to be special working involving the "wendy house". A Chingfinder tour went via Avonmouth to pass the time last year when the SPM works were removed from the itinerary by NR on the day.

XC were booked to go via SPM this summer but the resignalling in the station has been deferred.
 

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OK. Although it didn't happen, I note though that 34046 had been scheduled to arrive at St Philips on 28/7 from Gloucester after its steam tour.
Barton Hill stabling point depot is in St Phillips (or almost). Note the subtle different spelling of St Phillips as opposed to spelling of St Philips Marsh. The point is where the wagon repair shop was at the side of the Midland Railway junction with Bristol East. It's that wagon repair shop site that is now the stabling point.

So you see it from all trains going out of TM, either going north or east.
 

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Back in Steam Days when there were many Saturday West of England Holidaymaker trains, some of those that were destined for the North used to use the Avoider Line and re-join the normal route at Dr Days Junction in order to avoid Temple Meads.
 

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And in the days of loco hauled stoppers to Weston and Taunton, some return services went round the Marsh to arrive at TM pointing west again to avoid running round.

The 16-xx off Taunton was regularly booked to do this before working the 17-22 back to Taunton.
 
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No vantage point for photos of the steam locos then. I see Tornado will be in Bristol this weekend?
 

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There is a dual carraigeway bridge which effectively goes over the end of the depot where you can get end on shots. Also, the road at the side of the depot, Days Road gives shots from afew places.
 

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There is a dual carraigeway bridge which effectively goes over the end of the depot where you can get end on shots. Also, the road at the side of the depot, Days Road gives shots from afew places.
I believe that the bridge is closed to pedestrians so you would need to be in a vehicle or on a bicycle.
 

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34046 is still dumped in Gloucester after last week's failure. All Bristol-based steam this summer is out of the Marsh, the new ATC Depot manager kicked WCRC and LSL out of Barton Hill, as he doesn't want any steam there any more.
 

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I remember Bristol Bath Road and how busy it always seemed. Such a shock a few years a go when I used Temple Meads for the first time in decades and realised that it was no longer there :(
 
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