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SideTracked - Lawrence Hill Mystery Cache

Hidden : 01/16/2022
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Lawrence Hill railway station is on the Severn Beach Line and Cross Country Route serving the inner-city districts of Easton and Lawrence Hill in Bristol. The station has two platforms, four running lines and minimal facilities and is managed by Great Western Railway.


Lawrence Hill opened on 8 September 1863 when services began on the Bristol and South Wales Union Railway (BSWUR), which ran from Temple Meads to New Passage Pier, north of the city on the banks of the River Severn. At New Passage, passengers were transferred to a ferry to cross the Severn to continue on into Wales. In 1874, the Clifton Extension Railway opened, connecting the Bristol Port Railway and Pier to the Great Western Railway at Narroways Hill Junction, north of Stapleton Road. To cope with the expected increase in traffic, the line was doubled, a second platform was added and then two more tracks were added in 1891.

Lawrence Hill Station in 1958 and below, in 1962.


Lawrence Hill Station is best known for a spectacular collision that occurred on 1 November 2000, when a Royal Mail train travelling at 50 mph passed two red signals and ran into the back of a coal train at around 3:30am. The locomotive climbed over the back of the coal train, coming to rest 37 metres later on top of a coal wagon and against the A420 Church Road bridge. Thankfully no-one was seriously hurt. The incident was initially suspected to be caused by faulty brakes, but was later found to be caused by misunderstanding and incorrect use of the locomotive's Brake Pipe Pressure Control Unit Isolating Cock by railway staff. This youtube video has great shots of the aftermath.

N 51° 27.(C-A) (D-C) ((B/C)-A)' W 2° 33.(C+A) (D-C-A) (C)

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