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Friday 16th - Sunday 18th September 2022

 

At last we can share details of this formerly annual event, reappearing after the trials and tribulations of CoVid.

 

Friday 16 Sept
The weekend begins at 2:00 with a guided tour of Aerospace Bristol, with time also to explore the home of Bristol Aviation at your own pace.  We then move on to the Avon Gorge to see the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge.  Over dinner we should have the opportunity to learn how Brunel's bridge design was amended and completed after his death.

 

Saturday 17 Sept
Today features a coach tour of some of Somerset's transport heritage highlights, We start at Bath Green Park station (RW), of interest as the meeting point between the Midland and Somerset & Dorset Railways. Then we proceed to the Kennet & Avon canal at Monkton Coombe where the canal crosses the River Avon valley (and the railway) by the Dundas Aqueduct (RW). The third and final stop is Cranmore station, home of the East Somerset Railway, for a steam train ride.
The NTT AGM is scheduled for 6:15 back at the hotel, followed by dinner.

 

Sunday 18th Sept
We have booked a private cruise on the sightseeing boat Bagheera. Our coach will convey us into central Bristol and the City landing stage.where we board. We cruise the length of the Floating Harbour past Balmoral and Matthew to Cumberland Basin. There we lock out to the tidal Avon and sail downstream under the Clifton bridge, passing the remains of the Clifton Rocks Railway.
Returning to the Floating Harbour, the cruise will land us at lunchtime at a pier adjacent to SS Great Britain which we can tour after lunch, finishing aroud 4:00.

 

Getting There
Arriving by public transport, we suggest you book for 11:02 from Paddington or 11:12 from Birmingham New St, both of which arrive at Bristol Temple Meads soon after 12:30. Other journey options are possible of course. If there is sufficient demand we’ll arrange transport leaving Temple Meads at 12:45 for the hotel and the Aerospace Museum at Filton.
Arriving by car, you can park at the hotel or drive straight to the museum (BS34 5BZ), just off the A38:
from M5 jn 16 Almondsbury, take A38 Bristol for 2 km
then turn R by the Travelodge signposted M5(S), then 1 km on your L.

 

Hotel
The designated hotel for the members’ weekend is The Village Bristol near Filton (BS34 6FG). This has reserved a block of rooms for NTT members, you can choose a 2 or 3 night (or longer) stay. Parking is free from 5:00 Fri to 7:00 Mon.
Please book your room requirement using this bespoke link https://reservations.travelclick.com/109126?groupID=3597704 so the hotel knows that you are part of the NTT party. For Friday and Saturday book B&B only as your dinner for those nights will be included in the tours fee (to be notified). If you choose to stay extra night(s) you can get dinner at the hotel or eat out as you wish. Please don’t forget also to tell us what you’re doing - and pay the Trust for the dinners and visits.

 

Homeward Journeys
You may chose to stay a third night if you have a long homeward journey. The railway station nearest the hotel is Patchway, a 15-minute walk away, with hourly trains (xx:35) to Temple Meads. Bristol Parkway is a modest taxi ride away. Or there is a bus service #75 from a stop on the A38 every 20 mins or so to Broadmead in the City centre. If there is sufficient demand we can book transport to the city centre or Temple Meads station on the Monday morning.

 

We look forward to seeing as many of you as can spare the time.  Any questions, please contact by usual routes: note that the office is manned on Wednesday mornings at present, otherwise email will get the quickest response.

 

 

National Transport Trust, Old Bank House, 26 Station Approach, Hinchley Wood, Esher, Surrey KT10 0SR