The Remains of Britain's Steam Age Railway
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Forest of Dean Part 3


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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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Grange Court looking towards Gloucester.

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Grange Court looking towards Chepstow, with the line to Hereford bearing off to the right.

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Blaisdon Halt, 123 miles and 09 chains from Paddington. The L/E stands for London End.

Cinderford Trackplan, with The Railway Hotel at the bottom, it was built with the railway and lasted longer, but maybe not for much longer.

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Cinderford Railway Hotel.

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Public entrance to Cinderford Station.

Gradient Diagram, showing how tough the Bullo Pill line was.
Haie Hill Tunnel is the first on the climb at 1:56, then comes the shorter but more notorious Soudley Tunnel where the line has steepened to 1:46, then Blue Rock (marked as Shakemantle) at 1:86/87.

Ruspidge Halt.


©Ian Pope
Ruspidge Halt 1910

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Ruspidge Halt looking towards Soudley.

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Ruspidge Halt.

 

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Ruspidge Halt.


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Shakemantle Quarry and Staple Edge Halt

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Remains of Branch to Shakemantle Quarry, just north of Red Rock Tunnel.

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Looking south towards Red Rock Tunnel, Shakemantle Quarry line in the foreground and the Bilson line to the right behind the trees.

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Blue Rock Tunnel Northern Portal. Quite a structure, but it makes you wonder if it was really necessary as today there is a sizeable path that bypasses the Tunnel.

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Blue Rock Tunnel Southern Portal.

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Removed Underbrige at Soudley.


©Ian Pope
Soudley Furnace and Upper Soudley Halt

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Site of Upper Soudley Halt.

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Crossing Keepers Cottage at Soudley, Bradley Hill Tunnel is in the gloom in the distance.

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Looking north from Bradley Hill Tunnel past the Crossing towards the Halt.

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Bradley Hill Tunnel Western Portal. This Tunnel caused a lot of grief for Footplate crews, as it is on a 1:46 gradient and on a curve, and they would already have done some hard climbing for nearly two miles.

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Bradley Hill Tunnel Eastern Portal.

Soudley Ironworks, situated between the two Tunnels, Bradley Hill top left, Haie Hill in the middle right.



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Soudley Ironworks, with Haie Hill Tunnel on the left and Bradley Hill Tunnel on the right.

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Looking down the 1:46 from Bradley Hill Tunnel with Haie Hill Tunnel just behond the fence. Locos would have crawled up here between the Tunnels, their crews gasping for air, at least in the winter air conditions would have been slightly easier, but rail conditions would have made life very difficult.

Click on the icon to get an idea of what a hard worked Pannier sounds like.

3650 climbing from Horsted Keynes to West Hoathly, she is only on 4 coaches and the gradient is only 1:75, so nothing like as tough as Bradley Hill , but she still sounds nice. on 18/11/2012

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Haie Hill Tunnel Western Portal, looking in rather poor shape, a stream from the hill above now drops down into the Tunnel which must be adding to its problems.

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Blackpool Bridge on the Blakeney Mineral Line.

Another Tunnel on a tough climb, this time Moseley Green Tunnel is at 1:40.

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Moseley Green Tunnel Northern Portal, hard to imagine Pannier tanks wheezing out of this Portal as they neared the top of the 1:40, I think the crews would have been whezzing as well, as the Tunnel is nearly 3/4 mile long.

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Looking south through Moseley Green Tunnel, light from the first of three ventilation shafts is just visible.

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The southermost Ventilation Shaft in Moseley Green Tunnel.

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Looking down the bank from the Southern Portal of Moseley Green.

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Retaining wall on the approach to Moseley Green.


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Moseley Tunnel South Portal, showing remains of its use by the military. Many of the Tunnels in the Forest were used to store Ammunition. There is a lovely story concerning Drybrook (now infilled) in WW2, an Ammunition train was sent up the branch to store it in the Tunnel only to find when they got to Drybrook Station, the track to the Tunnel had been llifted....The previous century!

 


Gradient Diagram, part of which the DFR now operate on. Sadly they will never get to the interesting bit, between Speech House and Serridge Junction.


©Ian Pope

1898 trackplan of Parkend, with the Station to the left of Parkend Iron Furnaces, and the very steeply graded line to Coleford at the very top.

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Looking south from Parkend Station, dont think the vehicle on the right will be in use today.

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Parkend Station which is a very good replica of the original. The Goods shed on the extreme left is original, the platform buildings are replicas and the Signal Box came from elsewhere.

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Looking south from the crossing at Parkend. Anyone know where the Box came from?

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9681 pulls into Parkend Station.

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9681 taking water at Parkend before returning to Lydney.

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9681 Parkend Station.

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Many thanks to local Tony Comber, for pointing out that this building was built by the Forestry Commission to house their Fire Engine.


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Waterloo Colliery above Mierystock Tunnel

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Mirystock Bridge looking north to Mierystock Tunnel. I am sure there is a very good reason for the different spelling.

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Mirystock Bridge.

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At least you no what altitude you are at.

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The line here is at 1:50 so Mierystock Tunnel is going to be lower than the Bridge.

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Mierystock Tunnel Southern Portal.

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Mierystock Tunnel Southern Portal. Both Portals are rather special. Although clearances in this Tunnel are a lot better than some, it is till on a 1:50 gradient, so it would have been hard work for locos and crew coming up from Lydbrook.

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Mierystock Tunnel Southern Portal.

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Mierystock Tunnel Southern Portal.
A view from Mirystock Bridge.

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Mierystock Tunnel Northern Portal. Completely buried until a few years ago, there is talk of opening it up for walkers and cyclists, might be a few years off.

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Mierystock Tunnel Northern Portal.

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Mierystock Tunnel Northern Portal. It looks more like a setting from Harry Potter.

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The view looking down the Bank, in only a few years it has turned into the Amazon.

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Looking up the line towards Mierystock, with the Tunnel a fair distance through the jungle, the fence is a lot higher than it looks as well.

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Gloucester Horton Road
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Gloucester Horton Road
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Gloucester Horton Road
Gloucester 1880
Gloucester 1932
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Gloucester Central.
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Gloucester Central.
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Gloucester Central.
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GW route into Gloucester Docks.
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