2nd September 1873
Original Document - Public Record Office, Kew. MT6 117/17
2nd September 1873
I have the honour to report,
for the information of the Board of Trade, that in compliance with the
instructions contained in your minute of the 15th Ultimo, I have inspected
the Bristol and North Somerset Railway from a junction with the Great
Western Railway near Bristol to Radstock.
The new line is single,
land has been purchased and the bridges and viaducts have been built
for a double line but the permanent way for a double line has only been
laid over one bridge which is at Pensford.
The new line is 15miles
18 chains long. The gauge is 4ft 81/2 in. The
intervals between the line and the sidings are 6ft; the ruling gradient
is reported to be 1 in 58 and the sharpest curve to have a radius of
The railway is connected
with the Great Western Railway from Bristol to London by a double junction,
which is situated about 3/4 of a mile from Bristol
on the London side. The stations are Brislington, Pensford, Hallatrow,
Clutton, Welton and Radstock all of these except the last are
on gradients of 1 in 71 to 1 in 200, but as they are placed in the hollows
at the bottom of inclines and that it would be difficult to alter them,
I recommend that they be permitted to remain as they are. The line was
commenced a long time since.
The permanent way consists
of a Vignoles pattern rail, that weighs 72lbs per linear yard. It is
fished and fixed with fang bolts and dog spikes to sleepers laid transversely,
at an average distance of 3ft apart. The sleepers are 9ft long 10in
by 5in. The line is well ballasted.
There are turntables at
Radstock and at Birmingham (Sic) which
are the terminal stations.
The works consist of twenty
over bridges nineteen are built of stone with brick arches and one has
wrought iron girders. Twenty-six under bridges Fourteen consist
of stone and brick, eight have cast iron girders and four have wrought
iron girders. There are two viaducts one over the river Avon
has stone piers and wrought iron girders and one at Pensford consists
of sixteen semicircular brick arches on stone piers Fourteen
arches have spans ranging from 51ft to 57ft 10in and two have spans
of twenty-eight feet. The widest space is [??] feet.
There are vertical deviations
beyond the parliamentary limits at:
There is a level crossing
of a public road at Radstock. The gates close across the road and railway.
They are worked from the adjacent signal cabin and are interlocked with
All the signals and points
on the railway are worked from signal cabins and interlocked. The arrangements
for working the line on the block telegraph system were very nearly
The following required
to be done
The Engineer (Mr Clarke)
undertook to have all these services completed at once and I submit that
the Board of Trade may sanction the opening of the Bristol and North Somerset
Railway as soon as a satisfactory undertaking as to the proposed mode
of working is sent in.
The Great Western Station
at Bristol is in the process of reconstruction.
I have etc.
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