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Old January 9th, 2019, 05:26 PM   #1
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UNITED KINGDOM/Closed Railway Lines

I am interested in old railway lines throughout the world but particularly in Europe. I thought I might start this thread about lines in the United Kingdom which have been closed.

As a start to the thread, I have created a series of posts about the Ballachulish Branch Line in Scotland which closed in 1966.

The Ballachulish Railway Line - Part 1

This is the first post in that series. The Ballachulish Railway Line was the subject of an article I was reading in an old modelling magazine ove Christmas (2018). It was an old "Hornby Magazine" from 2012. This was originally intended to be a short reflection on the Ballachulish Line but it has developed into something much longer. There will be three parts to this story!

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/01/01...ay-line-part-1
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Old January 9th, 2019, 05:31 PM   #2
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The Ballachulish Railway Line - Part 2

In Part 1 of this story we covered much about the history of the line between Connel Ferry and Ballachulish. We start Part 2 with a few reminders of what was covered in Part 1 and provide some additional material from various sources before continuing our journey North along the branch.

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/01/02...ay-line-part-2
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Old January 9th, 2019, 05:32 PM   #3
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The Ballachulish Railway Line - Part 3

This is the third of three posts planned to cover the Ballachulish Branch. It includes the final length of the line approaching Ballachulish, some details about the quarries and a November 1950 article about the line which has been taken from The Railway Magazine of that date.

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/01/05...ay-line-part-3
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Old January 9th, 2019, 06:18 PM   #4
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King's Lynn Harbour and Dock Railways - Part 1

I was 12 years old when we moved to King's Lynn in 1972 and we stayed there right through my teens until I left home for University in 1978. I have long thought about spending a little time reviewing the railway history of the town. This first post covers King's Lynn Harbour Branch which left the mainline just before that line entered the town in South Lynn

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2018/09/16...harbour-branch
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Old January 9th, 2019, 06:20 PM   #5
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King's Lynn Harbour and Dock Railways - Part 2

The harbour branch left the mainline South of King's Lynn. The docks branch left the mainline close to King's Lynn Station. The post below includes a very short history of the harbour and docks and then covers the length of the branch from the station to John Kennedy Road.

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2018/09/24...-branch-part-1
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Old January 9th, 2019, 06:23 PM   #6
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King's Lynn Harbour and Dock Railways - Part 3

The second part of a study on the Docks Branch in King's Lynn. ......

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2018/09/24...-branch-part-2

This post covers the area around the Alexandra Dock.
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Old January 9th, 2019, 06:25 PM   #7
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King's Lynn Harbour and Dock Railways - Part 4

This is the third post about the Docks Railway in King's Lynn. The fourth post in the series about the closed railways in King's Lynn.

https://rogerfarnworth.com/2018/10/0...-branch-part-3

The post covers the area around Bentinck Dock and has some detail about the Savage's Works on the East side of the dock. Savage's were internationally renowned for their steam-powered fairground attractions.
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Old January 9th, 2019, 06:26 PM   #8
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King's Lynn Harbour and Dock Railways - Part 5

A few random bits and pieces which relate to the docks railways in King's Lynn ....

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2018/11/06...-miscellaneous
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Old January 9th, 2019, 06:29 PM   #9
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The Forest of Dean - Part 1

My wife and I enjoy an annual holiday in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. We have been there almost every year since the year 2000. During that time we have enjoyed exploring a number of the different railway routes in the forest and have begun to realise just how complex a network of tramways supported the standard-gauge railways which themselves had replaced much earlier tramways. I hope this thread will be of interest to some.

This is the first of a series of blog posts about the forest and its railways and tramways and focusses on Lydney Harbour and its transport links, particularly rail and tramway/tramroad. ...

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com...lydney-harbour
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Old January 9th, 2019, 07:32 PM   #10
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The Forest of Dean - Part 2

Prior to the introduction of standard gauge railways in the Forest of Dean there was an extensive network of tramways or tramroads. These tramways were of a variety of gauges from 3ft 6in to 4ft. One of these was the Severn and Wye Tramroad. This post details the various branch and feeder tramways associated with this line. The tramway was replaced by the Severn and Wye Joint Railway. ...

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com...d-wye-tramroad
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The Forest of Dean - Part 3

Parkend in the Forest of Dean is currently the terminus of a preservation line, the Dean Forest Railway (http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk). Historically it was a small through station on the Severn and Wye Joint Railway with a short branch to transshipment wharves that allowed tramways to transfer good to the main line. Further back still t was the centre of some major forest industries which were heavily served by tramways. The first image on the blog below is a map of the tramways at Parkend in its prime as an industrial centre in the Forest.

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com...forest-of-dean
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Old January 20th, 2019, 06:45 PM   #12
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The Ashover Light Railway

This is another thread prompted by reading old copies of "The Railway Magazine" from 1950. The September 1950 magazine carried a short article about the Ashover Light Railway which had finally closed over the majority of its length to freight traffic in March 1950.

The post below is the first of at least two.

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/01/15...railway-part-1

I hope you enjoy it. Much of the information comes from three sources ... The Railway Magazine, Wikipedia, and the website of the Ashover Light Railway Society. The Society's website is well worth a visit.

http://www.alrs.org.uk


This is the second post in a short series about the Ashover Light Railway. It covers the length of the line from the Clay Cross Works to Stretton Halt. ...

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/01/19...railway-part-2
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Old January 26th, 2019, 09:46 AM   #13
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The Forest of Dean Railways - Part 4

There was a significant network of tramroads close to Parkend in the Forest of Dean.

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com...dikes-tramways
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Old January 26th, 2019, 09:49 AM   #14
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The Forest of Dean Railways - Part 5

Moseley Green Tramways

In 2017, my wife and I stayed in a cottage in Moseley Green this posts reflects on the tramways in the immediate vicinity of the cottage. .....

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com...green-tramways

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The Forest of Dean Railways - Part 6

New Fancy Colliery

Many of the Collieries in the Forest of Dean relied totally on the railway s in the Forest for transport as roads were not of the highest quality and quantities of coal were high.

This post is about one of those Collieries - New Fancy Colliery in the Forest of Dean ....

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com...nd-it-railways

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The Forest of Dean Railways - Part 7

One tramway/railway route in the Forest of Dean was The Forest of Dean Tramway. It was a major innovation in its day. It's major tunnel was Haie Hill Tunnel which was built for it in the very early 19th Century and which was for a short while the longest tunnel in the world. It was also one of the earliest tunnels built.

The tramway linked significant industrial concerns in the Forest of Dean with the Severn Estuary at Bullo Pill. The owners of the tramway were also behind the first serious attempt to tunnel under the Estuary.

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com...f-dean-tramway

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The Forest of Dean Railways - Part 8

A recent visit to the Forest of Dean promoted some reading and reflection on Cannop Colliery. This post is the result of those reflections:

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2018/08/31/cannop-colliery

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My wife and I were in the Forest of Dean on 30th August 2018 and visited a small garden centre that we have been to many times before - the Pigmy Pymetum. Later in the day I was reading an older copy of "The New Regard" - Number 23 from 2009. The first article in that edition of the magazine was about Cannop Colliery and was written by Ian Pope. The colliery was just north of the location of the garden centre.
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The Ashover Light Railway

And finally ...........

This is the third of three planned posts about the Ashover Light Railway. I hope you enjoy the final installment. ....

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/01/19...railway-part-3
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Old January 29th, 2019, 05:09 PM   #19
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The Kelvedon and Tollesbury Light Railway, Essex, UK

I am continuing to read through old copies of ‘The Railway Magazine’. This time it is the December 1950 edition. It contains a short article about the Kelvedon and Tollesbury Light Railway in Essex. This article held my interest because it relates to a line not too far from Braintree in Essex where we lived between 1970 and 1972.

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/01/29...-light-railway
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The Penydarren Tramway

The Railway Magazine, March 1951, carried a short note about the Penydarren Tramway as well as an article about Richard Trevithick and his locomotive which first ran on the Tramway in February 1804. The first steam locomotive on rails .....

This post pulls together information from a number of different websites about the Penydarren Tramway. The next post will follow the length of the line as best as is possible ....

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/02/02...h-wales-part-1
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