Sharpness railway station

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Place Sharpness
Area Stroud
Grid reference SO676028
Original company Midland Railway
Pre-grouping Severn and Wye and Severn Bridge Railway (GWR & MR joint line)
Post-grouping S&W&SBR
Platforms 2 (1 from 1931)
1 August 1876 (1876-08-01) First station opened
16 October 1879 Station resited on different line
2 November 1964 (1964-11-02) Second station closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Sharpness railway station served the village of Sharpness in Gloucestershire, England.


A 1911 Railway Clearing House map of railways in the vicinity of Sharpness
Sharpness Branch Line
For canal icons used below, please refer to waterways legend instead.

Dean Forest Railway(To Parkend)
Severn Bridge
Gloucester to Newport Line(From Newport to Gloucester)
Severn Railway Bridge over River Severn(Dismantled 1970)
Swing bridge over Gloucester and Sharpness Canal
Locks onto River Severn
Sharpness(Closed 1964)
Sharpness Docks
New Docks Branch
Locks onto River Severn
Berkeley(Closed 1964)
Cross Country Route(To Gloucester)
Berkeley Road(Closed 1965)
Berkeley Loop
Cross Country Route(To Bristol)

The station was on the Sharpness Branch Line, part of the Midland Railway, which connected the Bristol and Gloucester Railway main line at Berkeley Road station with the docks at Sharpness. The branch line was opened to freight traffic in August 1875 with passenger services starting a year later.[1]

Sharpness station was originally a terminus for the passenger services and was no more than a temporary platform next to the docks. But in 1879, the Sharpness branch became a through-route with the opening of the Severn Railway Bridge, connecting Sharpness with the Forest of Dean side of the Severn Estuary and enabling through services between Berkeley Road and Lydney Town railway station, some of which ran on to Lydbrook. The new station, built on a curve, had a brick building on the "up" platform (towards Berkeley) and a small shelter on the down platform. Children from Sharpness attending school in Lydney were among the passengers. After 1931, the line was singled.

Through-services to Lydney on the line ceased abruptly in October 1960 when the Severn Railway Bridge was damaged beyond economic repair in a shipping accident, and Sharpness resumed its earlier status as a branch line terminus. Passenger services ceased on the branch in November 1964 and goods facilities were withdrawn in January 1966. The station buildings were demolished. The line to the docks is still open for very occasional freight services.


Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Berkeley   Sharpness Branch Line   Terminus
  Severn Bridge Railway   Severn Bridge


  1. ^ Mike Oakley (2003). Gloucestershire Railway Stations. Wimborne: Dovecote Press. p. 121. ISBN 1-904349-24-2. 

Coordinates: 51°43′22″N 2°28′11″W / 51.7228°N 2.4697°W / 51.7228; -2.4697