6 June—1 November 2015

Train rides

Take a train trip on the Bristol Harbour Railway and be transported back to the days of steam. Ride on Britain’s only dockside steam railway behind one of our Bristol-built locomotives.


  • Sat 2 – Mon 4 May
  • Sat 23 – Mon 25 May
  • Sat 6 – Sun 7 June
  • Sat 27 – Sun 28 June
  • Sat 18 – Sun 19 July
  • Sat 1 – 2 Sun Aug
  • Sat 29 – Mon 31 Aug
  • Sat 12 – Sun 13 Sep
  • Sat 26 – Sun 27 Sep
  • Sat 10 – Sun 11 Oct
  • Sat 24 – Sun 25 Oct
  • Sat 31 – Sun 1 Nov

Bristol Harbour Railway was built by the Great Western Railway in the 1870s and extended in the 1900s. After a century as a goods railway, it was handed over to the museum and has run as a heritage railway ever since. It runs between M Shed and the ss Great Britain on the dockside and from M Shed to Ashton Bridge along the New Cut, giving a choice of scenery on alternate routes.

The train is pulled by Henbury or Portbury, our two Bristol-built steam locomotives that served their working lives on the docks railway system at Avonmouth. The wagons are types once commonly seen on the docks at Avonmouth and here in the old City Docks.

Read more about Henbury and Portbury over on the Working Exhibits section.

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