March 1947

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.

September 1950

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.

December 1951

The Severn and Wye line into Cinderford is closed. The FoD branch is now the only rail link to Cinderford.

December 1952

The closure of the line north of Whimsey is implemented.

April 1958

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.

November 1958

The decline in passenger services is complete; passenger services on the branch are withdrawn. Removal of the halts takes place quickly.

January 1959

Eastern United Colliery closes; the Forest of Dean coal mining industry is now in terminal decline.

October 1964

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.

December 1965

Northern United Colliery closes, and consequently so does the Churchway branch. The last steam workings on the branch.occur.

1966-1967

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.

August 1967

The FoD branch closes. The line is lifted by the end of 1969.

fod005001.jpg
Previous Part
Forest of Dean Branch Timeline Part 3
"In Decline" (1949 - 1969)
Introduction/Home Page
GWR Webring Information
Bibliography
spheregreen2.png
Introduction/Home Page
GWR Webring Information
Bibliography
Introduction
spheregreen2.png
Contact Me
Introduction
Timeline Part 1
Timeline Part 2
Timeline Part 3
Timeline Part 4
Timeline Part 5
Google Map
Stations
Severn and Wye Railway
Introduction
Timeline Part 1
Timeline Part 2
Timeline Part 3
Google Map
Stations
Forest of Dean Branch
Introduction
Timeline
Google Map
Stations
Wye Valley Line
Introduction
Google Map
Stations
Lines from Ross-on-Wye
Forest of Dean Central Railway
Perrygrove Railway
fod001001.jpg
Introduction
Timeline Part 1
Timeline Part 2
Timeline Part 3
Timeline Part 4
Timeline Part 5
Google Map
Stations
Severn and Wye Railway
Introduction
Timeline Part 1
Timeline Part 2
Timeline Part 3
Google Map
Stations
Forest of Dean Branch
Introduction
Timeline
Google Map
Stations
Wye Valley Line
Introduction
Google Map
Stations
Lines from Ross-on-Wye
Forest of Dean Central Railway
Perrygrove Railway
The Railways