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St Philip's Marsh

St Philip's Marsh

Albert Road in St Philip's Marsh, Bristol
St Philip's Marsh is located in Bristol
St Philip's Marsh
St Philip's Marsh
 St Philip's Marsh shown within Bristol
Unitary authority Bristol
Ceremonial county Bristol
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BRISTOL
Postcode district BS
Dialling code 0117
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Avon
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
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St Philip's Marsh is an industrial inner suburb of

  • Map of St Philip's Marsh circa 1900
  • An overhead view of St Philip's Marsh T&RSMD.

External links

  1. ^ [1], Geology of Britain Viewer.
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Following the merger of the old First Great Western (FGW) and Wessex Trains operations into one new franchise, a decision has been made to use St Philip's Marsh to maintain FGW's fleet of diesel multiple units, previously maintained at Cardiff Canton TMD by Arriva Trains Wales. The move allowed the removal of the need for the majority of trains operating area, mostly in the West Country, requiring to travel through the congested Severn Tunnel.

Originally developed by the Great Western Railway as a twin-turntable facility for freight locomotives, it was closed to steam in June 1964 and redeveloped as a diesel depot. Owned by Network Rail under depot code PM, it is leased to train operator First Great Western, and has been used since their introduction for the maintenance of InterCity 125 trains operating between London Paddington, Bristol and South Wales. Both Class 43 power cars and Mark 3 coaching stock are serviced here.

St Philip's Marsh is located close to Bristol Temple Meads railway station, on the Great Western Main Line. St Philip's Marsh T&RSMD is a traction and rolling stock maintenance depot located within the district.


Sparke Evans Park is situated on the riverside not far from the retail park. The land was donated by P.F. Sparke Evans and Jonathan Evans, local tannery owners, in 1902. It is a survivor from a time when the Marsh was a residential area. Since the area has become almost totally industrial it now gets little use, what use it does get is by workers on breaks and from the residents of Arno's Vale and Totterdown as there is a bridge linking the two areas. A shelter dating from 1925 is still extant on the far west of the park featuring wrought-iron pillars, with ornate and decorative brackets.[2][3]

Sparke Evans Park

The solid geology of St Philip's Marsh comprises Triassic Redcliffe Sandstone in the east, and Triassic mudstone and halite-stone of the Mercia Mudstone Group to the west. The solid geology is overlain by Quaternary Tidal Flat Deposits of silt and clay,[1] which are in turn covered by deep deposits of made ground.


  • Geology 1
  • Sparke Evans Park 2
  • Railways 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


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