Severn & Wye Railway Timeline Part 3
"Under New Management" (1894 -1922)

July 1894

The S&W and SBR become the joint property of the Midland Railway and the Great Western Railway with a Joint Committee of three directors from each company being formed.

June 1895

A condition of the sale of the S&W is that the main line is extended into Cinderford town. It is agreed that the town's recreation ground will become the new terminus.

October 1895

With the original S&W locomotives in such a bad state, the joint committee agrees mileage hire rates for GWR and MR locomotives.

April 1896

The doubling of the line between Tufts Junction and Parkend is re-commenced, having been halted in 1893.

February 1898

Work commences on the Cinderford extension.

August 1898

The doubling is submitted for inspection by the Board of Trade, which recommends improvements.

December 1899

The doubling finally gets approval.

July 1900

The Cinderford Extension opens.

April 1903

Lower Lydbrook station is closed, the first major casuality of the S&W. At this point the station was a unmanned request stop which is somewhat inaccessable.

1904

The Dean Forest Mines act is passed results in increased coal traffic over the S&W, with improvements at Speech House Road and Serridge Junction being made.

September 1905

The hire rates agreement of 1895 expires and the system switches to a time-based rate.

January 1906

The maintenance of the permanent way is split, with the GWR taking responsibility for the line from Coleford Junction northwards and the Mineral Loop, and the MR having the rest of the line to maintain.

1907-1908

The GWR decides to introduce passenger services over its own Forest of Dean branch and a connection is built from that line to the S&W line into Cinderford. With the new route being shorter to Gloucester, this has a marked effect on S&W passenger services from Cinderford. The connection opens in April 1908.

December 1916

The GWR line to Coleford is closed, apart from the section from Coleford to Whitecliff Quarry which the S&W takes over the running of.

July 1918

Coleford S&W Station building is destroyed by fire. However, it would be six years before new permanent facilities are provided.

1922

The S&W runs at a loss, and expenditure is reduced over the next few years.

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