The Bristol Harbour Railway

The Bristol Harbour Railway

Henbury departing SS Great Britain Station

The Bristol Harbour Railway is a Standard Gauge line located in Bristol, next the Princes Wharf Industrial Museum. It is the only passenger carrying Harbour Railway running in Britain.

It has two main routes, the first is a shade over a mile long, from the Museum to Create Centre.

The Second is from the Museum to the SS Great Britain.

Now the Harbour museum has Re-opened, the railway are now running on both routes again, with a new platform erected next the Museum! This also sees the railway run more frequently, 2012 dates listed at the bottom of this page!

The Line operates from the Museum to either thre SS Great Britain Station (1/2 mile) or Create Centre (Butterfly Junction) station (1 mile).

There are two steam locos that work on the line, and both were built in Bristol, one is a Peckett, and the other an Avonside.

Passengers ride in open Converted Wagons.

Trains usually consist of one Bogie open Wagon, one 4 wheel open Wagon and a GWR Toad Brake-van!

Things to spot on your journey that are of interest… there is a Steam Crane on the dock side, three tall Dockyard cranes, certain Boats moored next to the line, and the rolling stock of the line!

Website: No Website

Line Length: 1 Mile, 1/2 a mile.

Operating Dates*:

  • March 30th – April 1st
  • April 13th & 14th
  • April 27th & 28th
  • May 4th – 6th

(Key: Black=Normal Running) *Note: That these maybe changed without warning by the BHR as they reserve the right to do so!

Website: No Website

Operational Locomotives:

  • Avonside 0-6-0ST Portbury
  • Peckett & Son ltd. 0-6-0ST Henbury


Avonside 0-6-0ST Portbury Outside the shed Portbury’s Cab Henbury taking Water at SS Great Britain Station

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