Clifton Rocks, Bristol
Clifton Rocks Railway
“The Clifton Rocks Railway Refurbishment Group”
During WW2 the lower section of the tunnel was used as a BBC transmitter station, the middle section had three air raid shelters, and the upper section housed a barrage balloon unit and a first aid post. Steps were built on both sides of the tunnel over the outer tracks. All four tracks are still in situ but partly are covered by WW2 building works.
There are plans to reopen the railway in some form, but since the multiple-use history is unique, only some of the track could be used in order to preserve the WW2 items.. Access is from the top Clifton station on advertised open days. There is no public access to the lower Hotwells station due to the adjacent very busy main road.
The writer has constructed a small diorama with two tracks and one car and this can be seen at the Clifton top station on open days. Also to be seen are artefacts found when clearing rubble, and 30ft of rail from the pavement on which a full size replica of the back end of a car has been placed. There is a proposal to construct an operational four track model when finance permits.
Clifton Rocks Railway Refurbishment Group
(C) J.B.Perkin 2007
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