Raglan railway station

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Raglan Station
Location
Place Raglan
Area Monmouthshire
Operations
Original company Coleford, Monmouth, Usk and Pontypool Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Platforms 1
History
July 1876 Station opened
May 1955 Station closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
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Raglan Station was a station on the Coleford, Monmouth, Usk and Pontypool Railway. It was not opened when the line was originally built, but constructed in 1876 to replace two previous stopping places, Raglan Footpath, a small station which was situated a little further west, and Raglan Road, an unofficial halt which closed in July 1876 and was reopened as 'Raglan Road Crossing Halt' in November 1930 by the Great Western Railway.[1] The station was 6 miles and 34 chains from Monmouth Troy and was intended to improve the railway facilities at the nearby village of Raglan, which was the site a large castle[2] which provided a steady stream of tourist traffic. It was closed in May 1955 due to a train drivers strike and was never reopened though a couple of special services continued to run along the stretch of track over the next few years, including a centenary special organised by the Stephenson Locomotive Society in 1957.[1]

Facilities[edit]

Though the station provided access to the fair-sized village of Raglan and its castle, traffic figures were quite modest, in the Edwardian era, around 10,000 passenger tickets were issued which steadily declined until its closure; by 1930 only 1,190 tickets were issued. Goods traffic also decreased between 1929 and 1935 by 354 tons but then took a dive downwards and by 1938 goods traffic handled had dropped by 3,458 tons to only 1,511 tons of freight being passed through the station.[1]

The station facilities consisted of little more than a single platform on the up side of the line, a small goods yard which included a little coal wharf and a cattle loading dock. The station was made of red bricks and the design was typical of the GWR at the time, a low-pitched, roof and a small canopy which projected out towards the platform. Raglan also had a small Great Western corrugated pagoda, constructed in 1910 which was used to lock up parcels and other small goods items. By 1912 the station had a small crane which could handle about 4 tons which was shown in the 'Handbook of Stations', published by the Railway Clearing House - although this had gone by the 1930s.[1]

The staff at the station consisted of three until the 1930s when the GWR reduced the staff to two in order to try and make the station profitable.

Goods Yard[edit]

The goods yard at Raglan had two goods sidings, one of which was a loop with connections to the main railway line at either end and the other ended at the coal wharf. Both sidings were controlled by ground frames. There were two wharves which were rented to local businesses, the largest of which was used for coal and was approximately 41 square yards, it was used by Messrs Davies, Jones & Clench Ltd. The other wharf was about 25 square yards and was mainly used for agricultural purposes.[1]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Elms Bridge Halt   Great Western Railway
Coleford, Monmouth, Usk and Pontypool Railway
  Raglan Footpath

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Stanley C Jenkins, The Ross, Monmouth and Pontypool Road Line, revised second edition 2009, ISBN 978-0-85361-692-4
  2. ^ Newman, John (2000) The Buildings of Wales: Monmouthshire. London: Penguin

Coordinates: 51°45′47″N 2°50′24″W / 51.7630°N 2.8400°W / 51.7630; -2.8400