BATH, England — This charming city in southwest England is well-known for its Roman baths. But, it also has a lively railfanning scene.
Located about 100 miles west of London, the city has a rich and colorful history. It is possibly the site where King Arthur in 500 defeated the Anglo-Saxons during the Battle of Badon.
Today a World Heritage Site, the city is know for the baths the Romans built after they invaded Britain, starting in 43 AD, under Emperor Claudius.
Bath is primarily served by First Great Western, South West Trains and CrossCountry trains. The city is located along the Great Western Main Line, which runs from Paddington station in London to western England and southern Wales.
The Bath Spa station originally opened on Aug. 31, 1840. The asymmetrical Tudor style building is listed as a Grade II structure.
Trains through Bath connect via the Bradford-on-Avon railway station, located about nine miles away, with the Wessex Main Line. Another station in Bath — Bath Green Park railway station — operated from 1870 until 1966.