The Remains of Britain's Steam Age Railway
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Forest of Dean Part 2


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The first class trackplans by Ian Pope are from the excellent books,
Wild Swan Publishing/Severn & Wye Railway
and The Forest of Dean Branch.

Index and Map

Link to the pre 2011 Pages

Link to pages 31-60

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While in the town, a quick look at Colefords former Bus Depot.

The Severn & Wye branch to Coleford was quite a fierce affair, I bet it caused some problems over the years. At least they didnt have to contend with Glasgow sleepers!
Coleford Trackplan, with the GW Station being on the left, and the line to Monmouth .

©Ian Pope
Coleford 1910

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The GW Goods Shed at Coleford now forms part of a small museum, the only remains of the two Stations.

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Signal Box at the museum in Coleford, originally located at Cogload Junction.

Gradient Profile of the Monmouth and Coleford Railway.
Lower Redbrook Tunnel is on the first bit of 1:54, not much fun, and on a curve as well, Newland Tunnel is on the 1:56/67 after Newland Station.

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Substantial Underbridge over Newland Street in Coleford on the Monmouth line, but not as substantial as some of the others.

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Dog Kennel Bridge near Whitecliff on the Monmouth-Colebrook line, one of two huge Underbridges that were built for just a single track mineral line.

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Dog Kennel Bridge, showing the vast proportions of this Underbridge.

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Dog Kennel Bridge.

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Newland Tunnel South Portal, this Tunnel was closed over 95 years ago.

 

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Remains of the Monmouth Tramway Tunnel at Newland.

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Incline over the road at Redbrook, this served the Tin Works which was to the left, the Tramroad and standard gauge line being at the top of the incline.

Trackplan showing Redbrook Station and Penalt Bridge. (Here shown as Redbrook Bridge.)

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Penalt Bridge, Redbrook.

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Penalt Bridge, Redbrook.

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Penalt Bridge, Redbrook.
As with Lydbrook Bridge, I presume that the footbridge has saved the structure from demolition.

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Penalt Bridge, Redbrook.


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Penalt Bridge, Redbrook.

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Penalt Bridge, Redbrook.

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Penalt Bridge, Redbrook. All you need is a Pannier and a coach to complete the scene.

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Knockalls Bridge near Newland over the now closed road to Staunton.

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Knockalls Bridge, like Dog Kennel Bridge, a huge structure, just for a single track mineral line over a country lane.

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Knockalls Bridge, with the road being reclaimed by nature, just like the trackbed above.

Newland Station Trackplan, with the line to Monmouth heading to the left.

©Ian Pope
Newland Station 1900

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Level Crossing at Newland Station looking towards Coleford, the gate has obviously been transported here from elsewhere.

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Symonds Yat Station, with possibly the platform ramp next to the VW Beetle. As with many beauty spots today the area is choked with cars.

Lydbrook Junction-Ross
Kerne Bridge

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Kerne Bridge Station looking south, Lydbrook Tunnel is in the trees in the distance.

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Lydbrook Cable Works, very difficult to see how a site of this size could be used again, virtualy no chance of a company wanting to take it on, which leaves an Industrial Estate or houses, which I very much doubt the area could support.

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Lydbrook Bridge. Sadly the very impressive neighbouring Viaduct at Lower Lydbrook didnt survive.

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Lydbrook Bridge.

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Lydbrook Bridge.

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Lydbrook Bridge.

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Lydbrook Bridge.

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Lydbrook Bridge. The walkway is now raising concerns, as to its safety. Inspite some peoples objection of railways being converted into footpaths or cycleways, it will be the need for a footpath that saves the bridge here.

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Lydbrook Tunnel South Portal.

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Lydbrook Tunnel.

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Lydbrook Tunnel South Portal.

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Looking towards Lydbrook Tunnel, with a curiously placed and sized Pill Box alongside the trackbed, guarding Lydbrook Bridge. I presume it goes down a fair way, rather than being built for height challenged soldiers.

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