Bitton Train Graveyard can be found just outside Bristol city. The rusted remains found there are a fragmentary glimpse of another age, a lost time, when the singular vision of a man called Isambard Kingdom Brunel re-shaped the very landscape and cities of England.
For a chap who smoked up to 40 cigars a day, Brunel was an energetic man. He built ships, roads, bridges and, of course, he built railways.
‘Though Brunel’s projects were not always successful, they often contained innovative solutions to long-standing engineering problems. During his short career, Brunel achieved many engineering ‘firsts’, including assisting in the building of the first tunnel under a navigable river and development of the first propeller-driven ocean-going iron ship, which was at the time also the largest ship ever built.’
The Bitton railway museum is part of the Avon Valley Railway line which ran from Bristol to Bath, which Brunel’s work made possible. The following images were taken there. No cats or Scotsmen were harmed during photography.
One mean pussy
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A really good record of times now past.
If you get a chance, the National Railway Museum in York is worth a visit. Old train carriages and engines are in really good nick.
I live down the road from Brunel’s Wharncliffe Viaduct, it’s very impressive but could do with a clean up:
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