The Bristol & South Wales Union Railway and the New Passage Ferry
150 years ago on 8th September 1863 the first paying passengers arrived at New Passage having travelled from Bristol on the newly opened railway. They journeyed across the treacherous waters of the River Severn on a small paddle steamer called Relief to a massive pier at Black Rock on the opposite shore. Another train took them the short distance to Portskewett Junction where they made connection with the South Wales Railway. So started an eventful 23 years of operation that ended with the opening of the Severn Tunnel in 1886.
Location map and railways in the vicinity of the Bristol & South Wales Union Railway up to 1886 with station opening dates.
A detailed study, compiled from original records and newspaper reports, of the inception, construction and operation of this pioneering railway and ferry service linking Bristol and South Wales is now available as a 96 page book. Please click here or on the cover illustration opposite for purchase details.