Friday, 3 April 2015

Bristol Temple Meads 1st April 2015

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All 1.4.2015 copyright Steve Sainsbury/Rail Thing

Once a month I get to wait an hour or so at Bristol Temple Meads to meet my son off the train to Sway. He's blind so gets assistance on the trains, and I must say the service is fantastic. He loves travelling by train and gets all over the country. We sometimes forget that the railways are still a service, no matter how much they pretend to be 'just' a business, and they should be applauded for this.

So I get to record the station every time and even in the last six months a lot has happened. The vile parcels conveyor has gone and the towers that it connected are now beginning to go as well. The magnificence of Brunel's roof is now visible from that end of the station. Soon we'll also be seeing the physical signs of the electrification, and then of course the trains themselves. I also understand the original Brunel station, currently a car park, is also going to see tracks relaid, increasing the capacity of the station for trains if not cars!

I even got to see a class 66 hauled train, a nice bonus!

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