Cinderford New railway station

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Cinderford New
Cinderford station, 1950 (geograph 5207823).jpg
In 1950
Place Cinderford
Area Forest of Dean
Coordinates 51°49′29″N 2°30′24″W / 51.8248°N 2.5067°W / 51.8248; -2.5067Coordinates: 51°49′29″N 2°30′24″W / 51.8248°N 2.5067°W / 51.8248; -2.5067
Grid reference SO652141
Original company Severn and Wye Railway/Great Western Railway joint
Pre-grouping S&WR/GWR joint
Post-grouping S&WR/GWR joint
Platforms 1
2 July 1900 (1900-07-02) Station opened
3 November 1958 (1958-11-03) Station closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Cinderford New railway station is a disused railway station that was opened by the former Severn and Wye Railway to serve the mining town of Cinderford.

The station was later operated by both the Midland Railway and Great Western Railway after a loop to the station, via Cinderford Junction from the Forest of Dean Branch (ex Bullo Pill Railway) at Bilson was constructed.


A 1911 RCH map of railways in the vicinity of Cinderford.

The station was located at about 6 miles from Newnham.[1]

The first idea of a railway station at Cinderford was pressed as early as 1876, however construction on a station did not begin until 1898.[2]

The station was opened for Passengers on 2 July 1900 by the Severn and Wye Railway, with the first train being an excursion to Weston-Super-Mare via Parkend, Lydney and the Severn Railway Bridge.[3]

A loop from Bilson junction was completed in April 1908 with a ruling gradient of 1 in 51 over a distance of approximately 30 chains, connecting the former Forest of Dean Railway and the Severn and Wye Railway in a terminus station.[1][3]

Before this station was opened, Bilson Halt on the Forest Of Dean Branch temporarily served the town from August 1907 until the opening of the loop which connected the two railways.[4]

The last day of passenger services was 1 November 1958. The 14:52 Newnham to Cinderford train consisted of four coaches hauled by a GWR 5700 Class pannier tank locomotive No. 7750 built at Swindon Works. The locomotive collected a Siphon-G from the goods siding at Cinderford (outgoing traffic from Rosedales plastics) and then formed the 16:08 return service to Newnham.[5]

The station remained opened for goods traffic until the line was finally closed in 1967.[6]


Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Drybrook Road
Line and station closed
  Severn and Wye Railway   Terminus
Bilson Halt
Line and station closed
  Great Western Railway
Bullo Pill Railway


  1. ^ a b Pope, Ian; Karau, Paul (1997). The Forest of Dean Branch - Volume 2. Didcot: Wild Swan Publications Ltd. p. 235. ISBN 1-874103-36-4. 
  2. ^ Pope, Ian; Karau, Paul (1992). The Forest of Dean Branch - Volume 1. Didcot: Wild Swan Publications Ltd. p. 226. ISBN 1-874103-05-4. 
  3. ^ a b Pope & Karau 1992, p. 227
  4. ^ Pope & Karau 1992, p. 201
  5. ^ Pope & Karau 1997, p. 389
  6. ^ Pope & Karau 1997, p. 410