1017 Portbury 12 October 1985

Class 202 1017 returns from Portishead and passes Portbury with the SEG/RCTS 1Z39 'Somerset & Avon Hastings DEMU Railtour' on 12 October 1985. This line had closed to passengers in 1964 and freight in 1981, but was visited by a number of specials during 1985, mainly marking the 150th anniversary of the GWR. Was this railtour the last train on the branch? Note the newly laid track. This just proves the old saying, that if the stations on a line get a coat of paint the line is probably going to be closed, and if the track is relaid it definitely is!