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Forest of Dean Branch Vol. 1 .. [BH 112.005 Book]
Forest of Dean Branch Vol. 1
Forest of Dean Branch Vol. 1
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Sub-Titled: Newnham to Cinderford

Situated in the triangular-shaped area of uplands in the junction of the Rivers Severn and Wye, the Forest of Dean has always been something of a mystery to most who live outside its bounds. Bypassed by the major lines of communication from an early age, its relative geographical isolation led to the development of a distinctive and somewhat closed `Forest` community, not easily penetrated by outsiders.

However, the desire to exploit the rich mineral resources of the area led to the later development of a railway network as distinctive in character as the area and community it served, both facilitating the export of Forest products and improved access from outside.

Although self-contained, the two volumes of The Forest of dean Branch have been prepared to complement The Severn & Wye Railway series. They are intended to cover not only the railway itself, but to place it in its proper context against the transition of the area from a medieval royal hunting ground, supplying timber for the great naval fleets in the days of sail, through to a centre of industrial activity on the local coal and iron ore deposits.

The history of the railway is traced from its inception as a horse-drawn tramway linking industries in the depths of the Forest with the River Severn at Bullo, though its conversion to a broad gauge branch of the South Wales Railway. The SWR was amalgamated with the Great Western Railway and subsequently converted to standard gauge, the FoD branch serving a mineral line for many years.

Despite overtures from the local community, it was not until 1907 that passenger services were finally introduced on the line, giving welcome access to the country town of Gloucester. This volume takes the reader from Newnham, the junction station for passenger services, through Bullo where FoD branch connected with the South Wales main line, to Bilson and Cinderford. The second volume will cover the lines north of Bilson - the Churchway and Whimsey branches

An Outline History
Along The Line
Bullo Yard
- Bullo Dock
- Bullo Wagon Works
- Bullo Rubber Mill
Bullo Cross Halt
- Cooper's Siding
- Soudley Ironworks
- Soudley Siding
Upper Soudley Halt
- Scilly Point Siding
- Shakemantle Iron Mine
- Shakemantle Quarry
- Perseverance Siding
- Quidchurch Siding
Staple Edge Halt
- Staple Edge Brickworks
- Eastern United Colliery
- Meerbrook Siding
Ruspidge Halt
- Cinderford Bridge Colliery
- Cinderford Ironworks
- Ruspidge Ballast Siding
- Lightsmoor Crossing
Cinderford Junction
Appendix: Locomotives allocated to Bullo Shed

By Ian Pope, Paul Karau
Hardback. 225x280mm. 240 pages
248 black & white photographs


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