Avonside Engine Company

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Avonside Engine Company, Bristol, was a manufacturer of railway locomotives.

Plaque placed on the site of the Avonside Locomotive Works (an IBIS Hotel) near Bristol Temple Meads. The Bristol Railway Circle funded the plaque. Photo: Mark Temple


  • FR No. 8, James Spooner
  • Replacement parts for several locomotives including work on Livingston Thompson's boiler in 1929, a new foundation ring for Welsh Pony in 1930 and work on Merddin Emrys's boiler in 1934. In each case the boilers were sent to Bristol for the work to be carried out. This work will have been done at the company's works at Filwood Road, Fishponds, Bristol where the business moved in 1905. The works in Fishponds was connected by rail to the Midland line from Bristol to Gloucester.

Avonside did repair to other narrow gauge locomotives as well as new builds. For example, in 1907 they made a new boiler for Lynton & Barnstaple Locomotive Lyn to replace the original one made by Baldwin in 1898! Then in December 1910 they carried out extensive repairs to the boiler of Taw. (Brown et al 1964)

In addition to steam locomotives internal combustion locomotives were built from 1914. The output of internal combustion locomotives had not been of any great magnitude but the company had gained a well-earned reputation for quality of design and high standards of workmanship. [1] The Fishponds works was sold in 1935 after the company went into liquidation in November 1934. The good will, drawings and patterns were sold to Hunslet Engine Company who still mention Avonside on their web site in 2016.


  1. ^ Webb, B (1973). The British Internal Combustion Locomotive: 1894 - 1940. Newton Abbot, Devon, UK: David & Charles. p. 96.

Brown GA, Prideaux JCDA and Radcliffe HG (1964) The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, David & Charles, Newton Abbot, Devon. pp 65-66 and 69.