Lydney Town railway station

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Lydney Town
Lydney Town railway station MMB 01 5521.jpg
Location
Place Lydney
Area Forest of Dean
Coordinates 51°43′33″N 2°31′56″W / 51.72578°N 2.53214°W / 51.72578; -2.53214Coordinates: 51°43′33″N 2°31′56″W / 51.72578°N 2.53214°W / 51.72578; -2.53214
Grid reference SO633031
Operations
Original company Severn and Wye Railway
Operated by Dean Forest Railway
Platforms 1
History
23 September 1875 opened
26 October 1960 closed for passengers
22 April 2001 reopened
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Lydney Town railway station is a railway station on the Dean Forest Railway in Lydney in Gloucestershire.

History[edit]

A 1911 RCH map of railways in the vicinity of Lydney Town

The station which is situated in the centre of Lydney opened with rather basic facilities on 23 September 1875, these facilities were later upgraded in 1897.[1]

The station is located at 8 miles 75 chains from Berkeley Road, located at exactly 1 chain to the north of the station is the High Street level crossing (officially called "Lydney Town Crossing").[2]

The station's proximity to the main road through Lydney proved to be a problem throughout the station's life as shunting in the nearby yard and in the station caused delays to road and foot traffic.

A footbridge was constructed in 1904 in order to reduce the delays to foot traffic.[3]

The metal supports for the footbridge and the old platform foundations can still be carefully made out in the undergrowth on the East side of the line between the new platform and the level crossing.[4]

All passenger services north of Lydney Town ceased in 1929. The passenger services from Lydney Town to Berkeley Road survived until the destruction of the Severn Railway Bridge. The station was finally closed to passengers on 26 October 1960.[5]

The Dean Forest Railway started operating services over Lydney Town Crossing and past the site of the former Lydney Town Station to St Mary's Halt (which was then known as Lydney Lakeside) in 1991.

Lydney Town Station was then rebuilt (on a re-aligned track profile due to the amount of urban development and the widening of the High Street) and the subsequently reopened on 22 April 2001.[6]

Services[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Lydney Junction
Station restored
  Severn and Wye Railway
(Later MR and GWR)
  Whitecroft
Station restored
Heritage Railways  Heritage railways
St Mary's Halt   Dean Forest Railway   Norchard

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 151. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  2. ^ Berkeley Road to Whitecroft - Gradients. British Railways. 1950. Sheet No. 151. 
  3. ^ "Lydney Town causes delays". Forest of Dean Railways. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "E6001 passes over Lydney town crossing (the old station foundations are visible in the foreground)". Flickr. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "The new Lydney Town Station". Forest of Dean Railways. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Dean Forest Railway History". Dean Forest Railway. Retrieved 10 June 2012.