Daily Archives: January 9, 2013

Some Early Lines – Stations to the Welsh Border

Some Early Lines

Stations to the Welsh Border

WB 1 Double head

With a payload never envisaged by the line’s promoters, Great Western pannier tanks Nos. 8787 and 8722 leave Hay with a train load of ammonia tank wagons for the ICI works at Dowlais on 26th May, 1959  (D.S.Fish

WB 2 Railcar

Today there are few of the original GWR streamlines diesel railcars left in service though some, painted green or BR red and cream, still operate in the Worcester – Kidderminster area.  These cars, introduced in 1934, have often been hired by private organizations for special trips.  Still in chocolate and cream, this 1936-built car stands at Coleford Severn & Wye Station with a load of enthusiasts from Birmingham  (P.B.Whitehouse

WB 3 Snow

January, 1959, saw the final abandonment by the Western Region of all passenger services out of Monmouth.  To mark the occasion the Stephenson Locomotive Society ran a special train (with a spotless pannier tank at each end) over the two branches concerned – Monmouth – Chepstow and Monmouth – Ross.  Snow had fallen the evening before but the trip took place on a gloriously sunny winter’s day.  Here the train pauses at Lydbrook Junction on the way from Monmouth to Ross.  The old Severn & Wye line ran to the right of the platform.  R.O.Tuck

WB 4 Bromyard

The branch from Worcester to Bromyard still has a form of passenger service (closed 1964), but that beyond Bromyard station on to Leominster has been closed and taken up.  Western Region ‘5800’ class 0-4-2 tank No. 5807 takes water before leaving for Leominster in September, 1950.  These engines were a continuation of the ‘1400’ (late ‘4800’) class but were not fitted for auto-working.  (P.B.Whitehouse