Lost Railways Of Herefordshire & Worcestershire by Leslie Oppitz Soft Cover
Lost Railways Of Herefordshire & Worcestershire by Leslie Oppitz Soft Cover
Lost Railways Of Herefordshire & Worcestershire by Leslie Oppitz Soft Cover
Lost Railways Of Herefordshire & Worcestershire by Leslie Oppitz Soft Cover
Lost Railways Of Herefordshire & Worcestershire by Leslie Oppitz Soft Cover
Lost Railways Of Herefordshire & Worcestershire by Leslie Oppitz Soft Cover
Lost Railways Of Herefordshire & Worcestershire by Leslie Oppitz Soft Cover

Lost Railways Of Herefordshire & Worcestershire by Leslie Oppitz Soft Cover

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Lost Railways Of Herefordshire & Worcestershire by Leslie Oppitz Soft Cover
 
Lost Railways Of Herefordshire & Worcestershire
Leslie Oppitz
Soft Cover
160 pages
Copyright 2002
CONTENTS
Abbreviations7
Acknowledgements10
Introduction11
1 Across the Vale of Evesham15
Great Malvern/Tewkesbury/AshchurchlEvesham/Redditch
2 The Honeybourne Line32
Chel tenham/B roadway/Honeybou rnel
Stratford-upon-Avon
Steam returns to Toddington
3 The Severn Valley Railway48
Shrewsbury/Bridgnorth/Bewdley/Hartlebury BridgnorthlBezvdley/Kidderminster - a line restored
4 The Kington Branches60
Leominster/Kington/New Radnor
Kin gton/Presteigne
Kington/Eardisley
5 Lines meet at Tenbury Wells72
Woof ferton/Tenbury Wells/Bewdley
6 A Branch to Ditton Priors82
Cleobury Mortimer/Ditton Priors
7 Westwards from Worcester95
Worcester/Bromyard/Leominster
8 A Link with South Wales109
The Hereford, Hay-on-Wye & Brecon Railway
The former Bulmer Railway Centre
9 Along the Golden Valley122
Pontrilas/Hay-on-Wye
10 GWR Lines to Gloucester and Monmouth134
Hereford/Ross-on-Wye/Gloucester
Ross-on-Wye/Symonds Yat/Monmouth
11 The 'Daffodil Line' to Gloucester144
Led bury/Gloucester
Conclusion151
Opening and Final Closure Dates155
Bibliography157
Index158
The counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire were once rich in rural railways. The majority of railways built here were constructed in the second half of the 19th century. They opened up the counties for general trade linking cities, towns and villages and providing an essential service to many rural and agricultural areas. And as the network developed, companies pushed to achieve links with the rich mining areas of South Wales.
A number of lines closed in the 1950s because of increasing road competition but after the Beeching Act of the early 1960s many more were lost.
In this well researched and excellently written book, Leslie Oppitz explains the history of these lost lines, the reasons for their construction and for their closure. He has travelled widely to gather material with visits to the many lines and stations, some long since closed. His account includes visits to Malvern, which at one time boasted four stations; Leominster, once an important junction, and Evesham where the old Midland Railway station still stands. In addition he has visited the popular steam preservation centres at the Severn Valley Railway, the former Bulmer Railway Centre at Hereford and the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway at Toddington.


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