Published: 26-09-2015 photo #23483 1 comments 0 votes
Bristol Harbour Railway (BHR) saddle tank locomotive photographed during The Great North Steam Fair at Beamish, County Durham, on 11 April 2015.
Formerly part of the locomotive fleet at Avonside Docks, Bristol. No. 1764 ‘Portbury’ was built in 1917 for the war effort, intended to work at the Portbury shipyards. However the end of the war in 1918 meant the shipyard never actually built a vessel!
No. 1764 eventually joined the fleet of shunters based in Avonmouth and worked there until replaced by diesels. In the early 1970s, all three of the surviving BHR steam locomotives were to be found at Radstock station in Somerset. This was part of a preservation effort to save and operate a section of the Somerset and Dorset Railway. Unfortunately, the project at Radstock was unsuccessful, so ‘Henbury’, ‘Portbury’ and No. 242 found their way to the Bristol Harbour Railway, opened in 1978. After another overhaul, ‘Portbury’ emerged in 2001 in a livery akin to the one she first wore, the initials ‘I W & D’ standing for ‘Inland Waterways and Docks’. More recently, in 2013, this livery has been adapted to more accurately represent her 1917 condition – without a nameplate (she was not named ‘Portbury’ until her time at Avonmouth Docks) and black wheels.
See also picture 9325, picture 13573 and picture 13603.