Up and down Britain, there are over a hundred heritage railway lines mostly funded and financed by volunteers. Locomotives, carriages and rolling stock from the past are lovingly restored to pristine condition and operated. Preserved Lines traces the history of each line from its BR demise to the present day, celebrating the history, the preservation, the restoration and the people involved with some other UK’s finest heritage railway lines.
Each fascinating programme visits a specific heritage railway line and offers a unique insight into the considerable efforts necessary to keep that heritage railway operating.
In the southwest of England lies the Avon Valley Railway running southeast from suburban Oldland Common, through once rural Bitton and on into the beautiful Avon Valley. Built in 1865, this former Midland Railway branch line, in the heart of GWR territory, connected Bristol with Bath. Linking up with the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway, the branch line became a mainline route best known for carrying the Pines Express holiday passengers from Manchester and the Midlands, south to the sandy beaches of Bournemouth and Dorset. A victim of Dr Beeching’s axe in the Sixties, the line closed to local passenger traffic in 1966 and was fully redundant by 1971. Just a few weeks before the line began its journey into preservation in 1972, the tracks were ripped up. The Avon Valley Railway’s rebirth has been far from easy with many challenges along the way, but the volunteers believed their dream could become a reality, and today the Avon Valley Railway, still mostly run by volunteers, operates a regular timetable of steam and diesel services.
|Number of Discs:||
Please remember to add postal time (2-3 working days) to obtain a complete estimate of delivery to your door.
You will receive an email to confirm when your item has been sent.
You can also check the status of your order and individual items by accessing My Account details and following the prompts.
Please allow 10 working days from dispatch of your order before notifying us of any late deliveries.
It may be advisable to check with your neighbours to see if a parcel has been left with them, check any outhouses you might have where it may be left if it cannot fit through your letterbox and contact your local sorting office to see if the item has been returned to the depot as undelivered and awaiting collection.
Please see our returns policy.
Average connection time 25 secs
There are currently no reviews.