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The Wye Valley Railway

Introduction bits
Welcome to the Wye Valley Railway
Full History
Abridged History
Location Maps
 
How would we re-open it?
Main Scheme
Part 1: Wye Valley Junction to Netherhope
Part 2: Tidenham Tunnel
Part 3: Tintern Quarry to Tintern
Part 4: Tintern Station
Part 5: Brockweir to St Briavels
Part 6: St Briavels to Redbrook
Part 7: Wyesham to Monmouth
Part 8: Signalling
Part 9: Rolling Stock
Part 10: Imagine the Journey
Appendices
Local Entertainment
Does that picture really show that?
From Rags to Power
Other pages on this topic
Of Roads, Railways and Cycleways
Frequently Asked Questions
 
The Railway
Interesting snippets of history
The originally proposed alignment
Getting money off ex-directors
Completing the Railway
Social and economic effect of building culverts
Later Wye Valley Railtours
Remains of the route
It really is 50 years ago...
The Abandoned Wye Valley Railways
Figures
Tables
 
The Area
Locations
Wye Valley Journey
Brockweir Bridge: Dibden v Skirrow
 
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Passenger Services: 1st November 1876 to 5th January 1959

Main Goods services: 1st November 1876 to 6th January 1964

Stone from Tintern Quarry (½-mile north of Tidenham Tunnel) until December 1981; from Dayhouse Quarry (at Tidenham station) until March 1990.

 

The Wye Valley Railway opened on the 1st November 1876, linking the south-east Welsh towns of Chepstow and Monmouth (then both in England) via stations serving the villages of Tidenham, Tintern, St Briavels and Redbrook. The line was 14¾ miles long. At Monmouth Troy station passengers could change for trains serving the towns of Pontypool (15 miles south-west), Ross-on-Wye (10 miles further north) and, from 1883, the town of Coleford, 5 miles to the east in the Forest of Dean.

Ultimately it lost large sums of money and closed to passengers in 1959. Freight followed in 1964. The continued occasional use of a miniature gauge railway at Tintern station means that the line has not quite been abandoned by rail transport but all the sections still carrying track are currently being proposed for conversion to a new cycleway.

This website looks at the possibilities of re-instating it without actually being in a position to do so.

>>>Welcome to the Wye Valley Railway>>>

A brief explanation of the layout of this website and what it is about.

>>>Full History>>>

This full history is around 14,000 words long and often extremely detailed. If you want to know about main points in 30 seconds stick to the introduction to this page - if you want to know a bit we have a 2,000 word:

>>>Abridged History>>>

>>>Location Maps>>>

A handy couple of maps to provide some help with placing where exactly the line is

>>>How To Comment on a Planning Application>>>

Currently of some minor relevance to the route. Please note that the cycleway going ahead will downgrade the liklihood of re-opening from "Highly unlikely" to "Pigs might fly".
How would we re-open it?

The main scheme
Part 1: Wye Valley Jcn to Netherhope
Part 2: Tidenham Tunnel
Part 3: Tintern Quarry to Tintern
Part 4: Tintern Station
Part 5: Brockweir to St Briavels
Part 6: St Briavels to Redbrook
Part 7: Wyesham to Monmouth
Part 8: Signalling and Timetabling
Part 9: Rolling stock
Plan 10: Imagine the Journey
Appendices Local Entertainment
Does that picture really show that?
From Rags to Power
Other pages on this topic

Of Roads, Railways and Cycleways

Frequently Asked Questions

 The Railway
Interesting snippets of history

The originally proposed alignment

Getting money off ex-directors: Wye Valley Railway v Hawes

Completing the Railway: A Turntable and a Bridge

The Social and Economic Effect of Building Culverts

Later Wye Valley Railtours
Remains of the route

It really is 50 years ago...

The Abandoned Wye Valley Railway
Figures

Tables
The Area

Locations

Wye Valley Journey

Brockweir Bridge: Dibden v Skirrow

The Adjacent Railways

The Coleford, Monmouth, Usk and Pontypool Railway

The Monmouth to Pontrilas Railway

The Ross and Monmouth Railway

The Coleford Branch

The Monmouth railways as a whole

The Main Line

The Forest of Dean Central Railway

Great Western Railway Tunnels

Other Internal Links

Railways Department

Planning Department

Order of the Bed Home Page

Contact Us

The delights of running this section

Copyright

External Links

Monmouth Cam

The proposed new cycleway at Tintern

Unassociated Facebook group in favour of reopening railway

Old Station Tintern

Monmouth Troy

Tidenham Tunnel

Tidenham Parish Council

Dayhouse Quarry today

Monmouthshire Beacon

Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Review

 This area was written by one Gawain Nicholson, who once had too much time on his hands. He is now engaged in an evil nationwide plague called "University" but still tries to answer reasonable questions directed to him by the Contact link if they are not already covered by FAQs.

Bibliography for Wye Valley Railway feature

(Specific sources for the other railways can be found on the relevant pages)

Cooke, R. A. Track Layout Diagrams of the GWR and BR (WR) Section 36: Ross, Monmouth & Chepstow (Third edition) (Self-published)
 
Elliott, Geoffrey (2006), The Mystery of Overend and Gurney (Methuen)
 
Glover, Mark and Glover, Celia (1994), The Ross and Monmouth Railway (Brewin Books)
 
Handley, Brian M. (1988), The Wye Valley Railway (Oakwood Press No. 137, 1988)
Handley, Brian M. and Dingwall, R. (1998), The Wye Valley Railway and the Coleford Branch. (Oakwood Press No. 209)
[There is now a more recent edition available with additional photographs and text]
 
Jenkins, Stanley C. (2002) The Ross, Monmouth and Pontypool Road Line by (Oakwood Press No. 220, 2002)
[There is now a more recent edition available with additional photographs and text]
 
Klickmann, Flora, The Flower Patch Among The Hills. (Now out of print, our copy published by Lutterworth Press in 1943)
 
Mitchell, Vic and Smith, Keith (2008), Branch Lines around Ross-on-Wye (Middleton Press)
Mitchell, Vic and Smith, Keith (2008), Branch Lines to Monmouth (Middleton Press)
Mitchell, Vic and Smith, Keith (2005), Gloucester to Newport (Middleton Press)
 
Rawlins, Eric T., (2009), Wye Valley Railway Story Volume 1 1855-1995 (Melrose Books)
 
Six Bells Junction, purveyors of helpful information on railtours
 
The Times archives, made available through Cardiff Libraries
 
Plans, maps and other materials on the relevant railways available at the National Library of Wales at Aberystwyth
Diagrams and folios concerning the Wye Valley Railway held at the Public Record Office, Kew
 

Last modified 16/03/11

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