Severn & Wye Railway Timeline Part 1
The Tramway Years (1799 -1866)

1799

The idea of a tramway linking the Rivers Severn & Wye is first considered.

June 1809

"The Lydney & Lydbrook Railway" as the S&W is known at this point, is secured by Act of Parliament

August 1809

Contracts to construct the tramway are let.

June 1810

Traffic starts using the tramway, but is soon halted due to revenue being lost owing to the lack of weighing machines, weights being a factor in the tolls to use the tramway. A second Act of Parliament changes the company name to the "The Severn & Wye Railway and Canal Company".

Mid-1811

The financial problems that plagued the S&W throughout its history have started, with share capital being insufficient to complete such works as Lydney Habour. Another Act is passed to increase share capital.

March 1813

Debts of over 15,000 are reported at this point.

May 1814

Another Act eases the financial burdens.

1814-1837

The traffic on the tramline increases during this period, but the company spends considerable amounts of money on blocking new lines into the Forest.

1838

The Dean Forest Mines Act is passed which changes working practices in the Forest. The Severn & Wye starts coming under pressure to improve the tramway services.

1839

The Severn & Wye contests the rival Forest of Dean Railway's plans to construct a new harbour and line in the eastern valleys. The plan is dropped.

1846

The South Wales Railway apply to purchase the tramway with a view to building a line alongside it. Although the Severn & Wye agree in principle to this, the plan stalls over the selling price.

1847

The Severn & Wye and South Wales Railway again clash over the Forest Of Dean tramroad, this time over its conversion to an edged railway. Although the plan goes ahead, the S&W gains a concession of 15,000 to assist its conversion to broad gauge.

September 1851

The South Wales line opens. The interchange facilities at Lydney serve to highlight the differences between the two lines.

1852

Proposals to convert the line to a single broad-gauge line are submitted to the Commissioners of Woods. In order for the scheme to be approved the S&W must allow a central line into the Forest to built independently of them. The S&W objects and negotiations cease.

August 1953

A scheme is submitted to Parliament in which the S&W improves the tramway rather than convert to a railway and become carriers themselves by using locomotives. The scheme is sanctioned, but locomotives do not appear until 1864.

October 1864

The first locomotive, an 0-4-0 tank engine is delivered to Lydney for use on the tramway.

November 1865

The fifth and last locomotive for the tramway is delivered.

March 1866

An anonymous offer is made for the S&W but nothing comes of it.

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