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Clifton Rocks Railway Restoration

Maggie Shapland (Restoration Chairman)
Clifton Rocks Railway Clifton Rocks Railway
Clifton Rocks Railway Clock
We bought a clock at auction.
Clifton Rocks Railway Clock
The inscription tells us
"THE UPPER PORTION OF THIS MEMENTO WAS WORKED FROM THE 1ST PIECE OF ROCK
REMOVED BY BLASTING FROM THE TUNNEL AND THE BASE WAS FORMED FROM THE FIRST
MARBLE BLOCK CUT FOR THE GRAND PUMP ROOM BUILDING"
Index

New Definitive History

new book
'The ups and downs of Clifton Rocks Railway and the Clifton Spa. The Definitive History' was published in December 2017. It is 317 pages long and has 430 images. It costs £15 plus postage. It sets the context of why the railway was built and goes up to September 2017. It is very comprehensive and aims to give the answers to all the questions people ask about the Railway!

It is available from the Clifton Rocks Railway website, and to pick up from

Contents
Acknowledgements
Foreword Sir George White Bt
Introduction
1. Why here? It's all to do with the springs
2. The People Involved: Investors, Engineers and Master Blasters
3. Construction story Trials and Tribulations
4. Changes in Architecture and Operation
5. Other Transport Links
6. Maintenance
7. Railway Artefacts
8. Railway Memories
9. Pump Room and Spa Development from 1880
10. New Uses for the Tunnel Wartime Conversion
11. Barrage Balloons Operation and Memories
12. Air-raid Shelter Operation and Memories
13. BBC Operation and Memories
14. Life after the BBC 1960-2004: Planning Problems and Dereliction
15. Life from 2004
16. Conservation vs. Restoration: the Mary Celeste experience
Glossary
Abbreviations
Endnotes
Contributors of memories
Image sources
Index

Open days 2018

Access

Please note that it is not suitable for children under 7, and that visitors will be escorted through in groups of 10 on both Open days and visits down the tunnel. This is a condition of insurance.

General

Photos

Monthly photos 2005-> (updated 4 February 2018)

Progress

look at the progress diary for work when we started to when we had to stop work (Feb 2005 to 2008) due to change of ownership of the Hotel. We were subsequently allowed to continue work from June 2014. We then had to stop work in September 2017 due to change of ownership of the Hotel and allowed to continue in the top station in April 2018.

2018

2017

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

This year it is 70 years since the BBC started transmitting from the tunnel (September)

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

Evening Post

Articles (updated 28 April 2010)

BBC use

Patrick Handscombe sent me this fascinating letter from Gerald H Daly (late Head of Engineering BBC West Region.) written April 23rd 1974 when he was researching the Railway's History. It gives a brilliant insight into the work done and use by the BBC during the war. To see the photos too, see BBC old BBC radio equipment site which includes memories from the people who used the equipment.
If you have any experiences or photos please let me know (email Maggie.Shapland@bristol.ac.uk, or write to me at the Computer Centre, University of Bristol, Tyndalls Avenue, Bristol BS8 1UD)

Clifton Rocks Railway Work Progress Diary 2005-08

2005
2006
2007
2008

2005

2008

Technical Facts about the cable wheels and rail

Open Day 2005


Probably over 5000 people entered Rocks Railway in Clifton on Saturday 21 May and Sunday 22 May despite the rain and wind, and were all hugely interested. Sir George White, great grandson of the great George White who founded the railway, performed the opening ceremony. Visitors were only able to visit the top station due to Health and Safety reasons but were able to see down the railway tunnel and see the cable wheels and rails.
There was an excellent exhibition for the Clifton Rocks Railway in the top station with Peter Davey and other volunteers explaining everything.
This was to raise public awareness of the railway and rally support for its full restoration. As part of the planning for the event, it was intended that the hoardings currently hiding the top of the station are removed, the railings repaired, the signage replicated and the area generally tidied up.
This formed part of the Bristol Public Transport Heritage weekend (Streetcars of Desire). This was centred on Bristol Docks and the Industrial Museum at Princes' Wharf where there was a Rally and Running Day on the Sunday.

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