Once these rails formed part of the Midland Railway Mangotsfield and Bath Branch line – but today all that’s left locally is a three-mile stretch lovingly restored and cared for by members of the Avon Valley Railway who operate steam engine-driven trips up and down its short but scenic route.
Based at Bitton station, and having fought to save at least a section of this historic line axed by Dr Beeching, it’s a successful enterprise that has grown and grown in popularity.
In company with husband Darren, and friends Tracey and Pete, l was able to enjoy a ride up and down the track while tucking into a really impressive two-course lunch aboard a First Class carriage.
A birthday present for me, but l would like to share parts of the experience with you.
Find out more about the organisation and the special trips on offer via avonvalleyrailway.org