South Wales Main Line Part Two Severn Tunnel To Newport w/ dust jacket
South Wales Main Line Part Two Severn Tunnel To Newport w/ dust jacket
South Wales Main Line Part Two Severn Tunnel To Newport w/ dust jacket
South Wales Main Line Part Two Severn Tunnel To Newport w/ dust jacket
South Wales Main Line Part Two Severn Tunnel To Newport w/ dust jacket
South Wales Main Line Part Two Severn Tunnel To Newport w/ dust jacket
South Wales Main Line Part Two Severn Tunnel To Newport w/ dust jacket
South Wales Main Line Part Two Severn Tunnel To Newport w/ dust jacket
South Wales Main Line Part Two Severn Tunnel To Newport w/ dust jacket
South Wales Main Line Part Two Severn Tunnel To Newport w/ dust jacket
South Wales Main Line Part Two Severn Tunnel To Newport w/ dust jacket
South Wales Main Line Part Two Severn Tunnel To Newport w/ dust jacket

South Wales Main Line Part Two Severn Tunnel To Newport w/ dust jacket

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South Wales Main Line Part Two Severn Tunnel To Newport w/ dust jacket
 
South Wales Main Line (Part Two) Severn Tunnel To Newport
BY John Hodge
Hardcover with dustjacket - 116 pages
Copyright 2002

CONTENTS
Historical Overview
Severn Tunnel Junction
Passenger Station And Yards
From Undy To The Usk
East Usk To Maindee
Newport High Street
High Street Passenger Station
High Street Engine Shed
From Gaer Junction To Ebbw Junction
Alexandra Dock Junction, Maesglas & Rogerstone Yards
Ebbw Junction Engine Shed
Track Redesignation And Multiple Aspect Signalling (April 1961 To December 1962)
The GWR's two southernmost routes into South Wales converged at Severn Tunnel Junction, carrying not only traffic to and from the Principality, but also between the North and West of England, which diverged at Maindee Junction in the eastern part of Newport. Between these points ran a huge variety of services, with the main expresses from Paddington to South and West Wales alternating with Plymouth to Manchester and Liverpool trains, whilst a considerable number of goods, mineral and empties intermingled with them, making the section one of the busiest on the system. To the west of Maindee, the South Wales main line continued through Newport (High Street), its twin tunnels, and then skirted the vast marshalling yards serving Newport Docks as it made its way to Ebbw Junction and the outskirts of the town.
In this, his second book of the series, John Hodge continues his survey of the main line in the 1950s and 60s from the western portal of the Severn Tunnel to the crossing of the Ebbw River on the southern limits of Newport. The engine shed, station and yards at Severn Tunnel Junction receive special attention before the book follows the route onwards to the Usk and Newport, illustrating the diversity of traffic to be found on this section. High Street station is covered in considerable depth, with a detailed look at not only the main-line passenger services but also the Western Valleys and main-line goods and mineral traffic that passed through, as well as the Eastern and Western Valleys and Brecon local passenger trains that originated and terminated within its confines. The final sections take the reader beyond the twin bores of Hillfield Tunnel to Gaer Junction before moving down to Ebbw Junction, with a look at the large engine shed, and a glimpse of traffic passing over the Ebbw River on its way to and from Cardiff and beyond.

PREFACE
I always had a strong attraction to Newport. In addition to it being my mother's family home, its railway attraction was immense as it was the point where trains funnelled together to and from the Cardiff direction and the WesternValleys before the lines fanned out after the critical mile or so through High Street Station. The succession of freight services through the area was one of the phenomena of the Western Region, and the overlapping platforms at the station presented excellent vantage points for action photography.
Severn Tunnel Junction was a place to visit on a warm day - when there was no cold wind sweeping across the flatlands. I made several visits there, especially to the cutting leading to and from the Severn Tunnel, where there was good scope for photographing both passenger and freight services, the latter double-headed for their passage through the Tunnel.
The level of activity over the stretch of line from the Severn Tunnel to Newport made it a mecca for photography in the steam age. Newport is still a focal point for freight activity, and I hope that this book gives a clear representation of what it was like when steam traction was still dominant during the 'fifties and early 'sixties.

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