The railway branch to the dock spurred from the main line at Southall, with intermediate stations at Trumpers Crossing (Halt), and Brentford (GWR).
There is no trace of the road bridge (or the road) on a map of 1945, but by 1965 both bridges were shown although the station had by this time closed.
By 1970 the last mile of the line had been lifted, and the bridges were standing idle.
1965 OS Map
1970 OS Map
2003 OS Map
I took the B&W photographs in 1970, then in 2003 I printed them.
The trouble was, I couldn't remember where I had taken these pictures, so I posted a desparate appeal on the uk.transport.london newsgroup.
Over 400 visitors had a look at these pictures and just one, Paul Terry, suggested it could be Brentford Dock. Richard J. then visited the location, confirmed Paul's suggestion, and very kindly took a series of matching colour photographs and mailed them to me.
I am pleased to have Richard's permission to publish his photographs above.
When I posted my appeal, I didn't expect the bridges to still exist. Much less would I have expected them to have survived as road bridges, and yet both structures have even been widened to accomodate footpaths!
That just leaves the overturned trailer which, along with its cab, had been sadly relegated to guard duty. It was almost certainly a Bedford 'ML'.
If you want to publish any of my pictures - ask me first!
I must also insist that you respect the copyright of owners of other works appearing on this site.
Film : Ilford FP4 (bulk load), developed in 'Definol' to uprate the film speed to 160 ASA.
Original B&W prints (33 years later) on Ilford 'Ilfospeed' (3.1M) paper.
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