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Avonside No. 34 Portbury in pieces at the SDR
Photographed at the workshops of the South Devon Railway at Buckfastleigh, visited on 7 March 2012 courtesy of Mr. Richard Elliott.
See also picture #9325
Built by the Avonside Engine Co. and owned by the Bristol City Council's Industrial Museum. This locomotive was meticulously overhauled by Bristol Harbour Railway personnel and completed in 2001. It is a small 0-6-0ST with outside cylinders. As its name suggests it was built to work at Portbury, during the First World War at the War Department Shipyard. In 1922 it was transferred to the City Council's Avonmouth Docks where it worked with many sister locomotives before retirement in the early 1960s. It was then kindly given to the Bristol City Council for the projected industrial museum. It was subsequently restored to working order and operated passenger shuttle trips along Wapping Wharf in the 1990s under the auspices of the Bristol Harbour Railway. At the end of the 1990's overhaul of the locomotive then took place with completion of works in the summer of 2001, commensurate with near completion of the branch line and dock railway works. During the 1990s it carried a dark blue livery, lined in black with red buffer beams and a black smokebox door. In 2001, however, when restored it carried the livery it wore when first built, of all over grey (including the buffer beams) and a black smokebox door. The grey is relieved by white and black lining. On either side of the saddle tank it carries the legend of its then owners I.W.& D. (Inland Waterways & Docks).
Picture added on 11 March 2012 at 19:19