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Yate Junction was some ten miles north of Bristol Temple Meads on the former Midland Mainline to Gloucester.  Just south of the junction was the large freight marshalling yard at Westerleigh.

At Yate there were connections to the mainline from South Wales to Swindon and London.  Most trains from Bristol to Gloucester used the Midland Mainline, except oddly the Devonian, which in the late fifties and early sixties was routed via Filton and rejoined the Midland Mainline at Yate.  The Yard at Westerleigh was closed in early October 1964, with freights being transferred to Stoke Gifford and West Depot.  The mainline from Bristol was closed at the end of 1969 and all trains heading north join the former Midland line at Yate.

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