Tewkesbury and Malvern Railway

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Tewkesbury and Malvern Railway
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LocaleTewkesbury and Malvern
Dates of operation16 May 1864–14 August 1961
SuccessorMidland Railway
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Length13.5 miles (21.7 kilometres)
Tewkesbury & Malvern Railway
Great Malvern
Malvern Hanley Road
Upton-on-Severn
River Severn
Ripple
Mythe Tunnel
River Avon
Tewkesbury
Tewkesbury Docks
Ashchurch MoD depot
Ashchurch

The Tewkesbury and Malvern Railway was a branch of the Midland Railway which ran from Ashchurch via Tewkesbury to Great Malvern in the United Kingdom. It was opened on 16 May 1864. At grouping in 1923 it became part of the London Midland and Scottish Railway.

Connections[edit]

It connected with the Worcester & Hereford Railway and the Birmingham and Gloucester Railway.

Structures[edit]

There were two significant bridges when first constructed – over the River Avon at Tewkesbury (62 yards or 57 metres) and over the River Severn at Saxons Lode (145 yards or 133 metres) with five spans and a sliding centre section to allow tall masted ships to pass). There was also a 420-yard (380-metre) tunnel and a long embankment and viaduct over a floodplain at The Mythe near Tewkesbury, although the embankment, viaducts and remaining bridges were demolished in 2013 as part of the Tewkesbury area flooding improvement works with the bricks being reused in the reconstruction of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Broadway station. In 1961 a bridge over the M50 motorway was erected – as of 2012 this bridge has been removed & moved to the Bluebell Railway.

Closure[edit]

The section of line from Malvern to Upton-upon-Severn was closed in December 1952. The remainder closed to passengers on 14 August 1961. Freight continued to operate to Upton until July 1963 as far as Tewekesbury until December 1964.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Upton's Railway Station"Welcome to Upton on Severn; Retrieved 28 September 2016

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