The hard winter causes severe disruption on the line.
1948 - 1949
The Drybrook branch is threatened with closure, but the arrival of bitumen manufacturers Berry Wiggins into the area gives this section a reprieve.
The future of the line north of Whimsey is reviewed when a road widening scheme means that new level crossing gates are required at Steam Mills. It is decided to close this section of line.
The Severn and Wye line into Cinderford is closed. The FoD branch is now the only rail link to Cinderford.
The closure of the line north of Whimsey is implemented.
Demolition work on the Drybrook branch is reported as complete. The bridges on the S&W Cinderford Extension were removed around this time in order to allow access for cranes.
The decline in passenger services is complete; passenger services on the branch are withdrawn. Removal of the halts takes place quickly.
Eastern United Colliery closes; the Forest of Dean coal mining industry is now in terminal decline.
The rail bridge on the A48 at Bullo is struck by a lorry. Despite the opportunity presented to close the branch, repairs are swiftly undertaken and the branch re-opens quickly.
Northern United Colliery closes, and consequently so does the Churchway branch. The last steam workings on the branch.occur.
Cinderford is closed to goods and parcels traffic. This leaves Berry Wiggins as the only major user of the branch and after they relocate to Lydney, there is no further use for the branch.
The FoD branch closes. The line is lifted by the end of 1969.