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Written by Pete Lawson - 17 Feb 2004
last update by Tim Squires - 26 Mar 2013
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Location notes
A single platform branch line halt and coal yard located in the Bristol suburb of Avonmouth, approx 3 miles from Bristol city centre on the Severn Beach line.
Railway type and traffic
First Great Western Class 150's operating to Severn Beach, as well as DB Schenker coal services to Aberthaw Power Station, invariably operated by Class 66's.
As of March 2013, the frequent DB Schenker coal trains to and from Didcot Power Station have ceased, due to the Power Station being decommissioned.
There is also usually a resident Class 08 shunter which provides variety to the shots.
Link to Real Time Trains
RTT Link St Andrews Road, Bristol
This link should be close to the location, but may not be the actual location so please check the page. This link will take you to what is happening 'around now'. Dates and times can be changed at the top of the page.
A grimy industrial estate in the heart of heavy industry. A reasonably safe environment, but worth keeping your eyes peeled after dark due to remoteness from local housing.
Road directions
From the M5 Junction 18
Straight across the first roundabout. Turn right at the second roundabout along the A403 St Andrews Way. Take the first left soon after. There are signs for the station at the junction, but they are obscured slightly and could easily be missed. Approx time from motorway: 5 minutes.

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St Andrews Road, Bristol map co-ordinates
There is a station car park and lots of roadside parking. The car will be safe and is always within view from the station.
Public transport
On weekdays and Saturdays a roughly two hourly service serves the station to and from Bristol and Severn Beach, the station is a request stop, so you will need to inform the guard beforehand if you wish to alight, and give a clear hand signal to the driver as the train approaches if you wish to board.

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No toilets at the station. During weekday daytime there is usually a caravan selling hot food.
Plenty of local shopping and facilities in Avonmouth proper, including some very nice pubs. No more than a few minutes away by car.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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St Andrews Road, Bristol

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Streetmap links
St Andrews Road, Bristol general view map
St Andrews Road, Bristol close up map

Windows Local Live Link - image quality may vary
St Andrews Road, Bristol

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Photographic notes
Light is best in the afternoon for activities in the yard, although shadows from close vegetation and platform furniture can infringe on some shots of passenger trains as the sun gets lower.
The distinctive silo provides a great industrial backdrop to shots looking south.
By the areas very nature there is a lot of industrial noise in the background, and this will be noticeable in videos.
The area is floodlit facilitating night time photography. Most activities can be photographed from the station footbridge which spans all tracks.
Links to photographs at this location

The Bristol Railway Archive - St Andrews Raod

General views - All photographs © Pete Lawson unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south - Image Tim Squires

Fig 1 - Looking south - <i>Image  Tim Squires</i>

From the station over bridge.

Fig 2 - Looking north - Image Tim Squires

Fig 2 - Looking north - <i>Image  Tim Squires</i>

From the station platform.

Fig 3 - Looking north - Image Tim Squires

Fig 3 - Looking north - <i>Image  Tim Squires</i>

Fig 4 - Looking north

Fig 4 - Looking north

From the station over bridge looking across the yards.

Fig 5 - Looking south

Fig 5 - Looking south

From the station platform.

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