1017 Portbury 12 October 1985

With the M5 Avonmouth bridge in the background, 1017 passes Portbury on 12 October 1985 with the SEG/RCTS 1Z39 'Somerset & Avon Hastings DEMU Railtour'. The train had started from Watford Junction and visited several lines in the Bristol area, this branch to Portishead undoubtedly being the highlight of the day. Much has changed since this picture was taken, and you would find it very difficult to even recognise this spot now. Although the track still lurks in the undergrowth, trees have now completely engulfed this view and the rough field behind and to the left of the train is now occupied by a massive industrial unit and its associated car park.