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Bristol Bath Road Round the Clock 

A digital re-master of our documentary detailing the final days of Bristol Bath Road diesel traction depot in May 1995. This programme captures two days and one night in the life of the depot during its last days of full working, when the depot had responsibility for the maintenance and repair of CrossCountry, Great Western, Res and EPS locomotives. The staff are seen at work, round the clock, in an hour-by-hour account of the depot’s varied and fascinating activities, which include....

TRACTION MOTOR BLOWER REMOVAL from newly-refurbished 37604 - filmed from the overhead crane; HST POWER UNIT LIFT on power car 43016; THE NIGHT SHIFT with the fitters working against the clock to service the Res Class 47s as they come off the Royal Mail trains, UNDERFRAME CLEANING - the dirtiest job at Bath Road - and you can see why; LOAD BANK TEST where 47806 is put through its paces to assess its power output; ON THE JACKS as 47818 becomes the final loco to be lifted at Bath Road for a thorough underframe inspection; THE MORNING CONFERENCE is captured ‘live’ as the Depot Engineer meets his team of supervisors to discuss progress on locomotive repairs and exams; THE CLASS 47 SCRAPLINE with withdrawn Class 47s awaiting the cutters torch; LOCOMOTIVE RECORDS on the depots loco fleet are explained by the depot’s Technical Clerk; THE DEPOT TURNTABLE in action turning an HST power car and a Class 47 for the last time; OPEN ALL HOURS where the maintenance shed is a constant hive of traction activity, including visits from Transrail’s 37407 and Railfreight Distribution’s 47292.  

THERE’S ALSO...a trip on the footplate of 47774 for a detailed view of the trackwork through the confines of the depot, from the Main Shed into Temple Meads station and then passing between the Heavy Lift Shop and Jacking Shed to travel onto the depot turntable; there’s an end-to-end overhead view of the Heavy Lift Shop, PLUS a fire brigade training exercise on withdrawn 47509. FINALLY, there are scenes from the depot’s last day of operation on Friday 26th May 1995, when Bath Road diesel depot officially closed its doors, bringing to an end over 30 years operation as a locomotive maintenance facility. An immaculate 47816 was christened ‘Bristol Bath Road’ and the depot staff were presented with their ISO9002 Quality Award. It ends with a final historic loco line-up featuring D172 ‘Ixion’, 37604 and the newly-named 47816.

"It seems sad to think that this programme is now an epitaph to a famous facility." RAILWAY MAGAZINE


Programme Fact File

Introduction: John Cameron Depot Engineer - Bristol Bath Road.
Narration: David Maxey.
First Published: 1995 VHS, 2012 DVD
Area Featured: Depot Only
Classes Featured: 37, 47, 46.
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Other Locomaster Profiles Programmes featuring depot life: Toton - The Works.
 

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