Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Avonside Engine Co - the second chapter

This piece is the second of six parts delving into the history of the narrow gauge railway at the Royal Arsenal.  Subscribe by email to this blog (on the right of this page) to read the further installments. 

In 1882, Edward Walker of Fox Wheeler Locomotives set up a new ‘Avonside Engine Company’ and it remained a respected name for a further fifty years, moving in 1905 to new premises at Fillwood Road, adjoining Fishponds station on the outskirts of Bristol.

In 1934 the business was taken over by the Hunslet Engine Company of Leeds and the Fillwood Road works closed, only a few years short of the centenary of the start of locomotive engineering in Bristol.
Text (c) by Robin Parkinson and Mark Smithers.

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