Stroud (Midland) railway station

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Place Stroud
Area Stroud
Coordinates 51°44′34″N 2°13′15″W / 51.7428°N 2.2207°W / 51.7428; -2.2207Coordinates: 51°44′34″N 2°13′15″W / 51.7428°N 2.2207°W / 51.7428; -2.2207
Grid reference SO848049
Original company Midland Railway
Pre-grouping Midland Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Platforms 1
1 July 1886 (1886-07-01) Opened
1 January 1917 Closed
29 January 1917 Reopened
16 June 1947 Last train
8 June 1949 Official closure
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Stonehouse &
Nailsworth Railway
Cross Country Route
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Stonehouse (Bristol Road)

Stroud railway station (unofficially known as Stroud Wallbridge) served the town of Stroud, in Gloucestershire, England. The station was on a short 1.25 mi-long branch from Dudbridge on the Stonehouse and Nailsworth Railway, part of the Midland Railway. It was not connected to the earlier and still used Stroud railway station on the Great Western Railway.

Dudbridge had opened as "Dudbridge for Stroud" with the Stonehouse and Nailsworth Railway in 1867.[1] The railway was quickly taken over by the Midland, whose main line between Bristol and Gloucester it joined at Stonehouse. In 1885, the Midland Railway built a short branch line from Dudbridge to a new station at Stroud. The new line opened for goods traffic in 1885 and for passengers on 1 July 1886.[2]

The station at Stroud was perched on a high embankment above the Thames and Severn Canal. The building was wooden and was described at the opening to passenger traffic as "temporary", though it lasted throughout the station's life and beyond. Goods traffic was always more important than passenger traffic at the station, and there was a large goods yard to the east of the passenger platforms.[3]

The station was always officially known simply as "Stroud",[2] but to distinguish it from the nearby GWR station, various publications referred to it as either "Stroud Wallbridge" or "Stroud Cheapside";[4] the latter name is used in the April 1910 edition of Bradshaw's Railway Guide. That 1910 timetable shows the journey between Dudbridge and Stroud taking an average of five minutes, with fewer than 10 trains a day, a few of them directly running to or from Stonehouse.[5] The station closed temporarily on 1 January 1917, reopening four weeks later on 29 January.[2]

The Stonehouse and Nailsworth Railway, along with the rest of the Midland Railway, became part of the London Midland and Scottish Railway at the 1923 Grouping. Passenger services were suspended on the line as an economy measure to save fuel in June 1947, and were officially withdrawn from 8 June 1949.[2] The station remained open for goods traffic until 1966, though much of the freight had transferred to the former Great Western station. The station buildings have now been demolished and are covered by the town's ring road.


Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Line and station closed
  Midland Railway
Stonehouse and Nailsworth Railway


  1. ^ Oakley, Mike (2003). Gloucestershire Railway Stations. Wimborne: Dovecote Press. pp. 64–65. ISBN 1-904349-24-2. 
  2. ^ a b c d Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 223. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  3. ^ Oakley 2003, p. 129
  4. ^ Maggs, Colin G. (2000). The Nailsworth and Stroud Branch. Usk: Oakwood Press. p. 107. ISBN 0-85361-559-4. Locomotion Papers LP214. 
  5. ^ Bradshaw's April 1910 Railway Guide (1968 reprint ed.). Newton Abbot: David and Charles. p. 606. ISBN 0-7153-4246-0. 

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