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Forest of Dean Central Railway

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Two of the eight arches of the viaduct across the Nibley-Blakeney road. The road itself was spanned by skewed iron girders

One of the last railways to be built in the broad gauge. 4.75 mile long; it connected with the Great Western Railway at Awre

1856 The company was incorporated.

The line was intended to run to a new harbour to be built by a separate company at Brimspill on the River Severn. By August 1860 the branch from the South Wales line to Brimspill was completed. However, the dock at Brimspill, with its intended coal staiths, was never completed. Permanent way had been laid to within 20 chains of the shore, and construction rails to within 2 chains.[1]

1868 Line opened

1872 The gauge was converted. [2]

1908 The line is worked by the Great Western Railway. [3]

1923 Became part of the Great Western Railway [4]

A summary of the history and route, together with a list of surviving and lost features, including bridges, may be found on the Historic England Heritage Gateway website[5]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 'The Great Western Railway in Dean' by H W Paar, David & Charles, 1971
  2. The Encyclopedia of British Railway Companies by Christopher Awdry. Published 1990
  3. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  4. [1] Wikipedia
  5. [2] Gloucestershire County Council: Historic Environment Record HER 5700