The Severn and Wye Railway - Railways of the Forest of Dean

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The Severn and Wye Railway
Emergency Appeal for the Dean Forest Railway
As as a result of having to suspend operations due to the Coronavirus pandemic currently affecting the UK, the Dean Forest has launched an emergency appeal for donations to cover lost revenue during this period.   If you have enjoyed this site, then I would ask that you consider donating to this appeal and help keep the railway open (and adding to the history of the railway).  

The Severn & Wye Railway  and Canal Company was formed primarily to transport coal and iron ore from the  centre of the Forest of Dean to outlets such as Lydney. Starting life as a  horse-drawn tramway, it was converted to a railway in the middle of the 19th  Century. Passenger services were introduced fairly late in the railway's  history, but were never overly successful and regular passenger services north  of Lydney Town were discontinued in 1929.

Today, most of the line has  been removed apart from the Lydney to Parkend section which has been re-opened  by the Dean Forest Railway. A lot of the remaining trackbed has been converted  to cycleways, but as of early 2016, proposals to extend the DFR to Speech House  Road -and possibly beyond to Cinderford - have been drawn up.  

Principle Collieries served  by the Severn & Wye
Princess Royal
New Fancy
Speech  House Hill
Arthur & Edward
Crump Meadow
Foxes Bridge

The  Timeline
The timeline  has been divided into six parts.

Abbreviations used : S&W - Severn & Wye, SBR -  Severn Bridge Railway, GWR - Great Western Railway, MR - Midland Railway, DFR -  Dean Forest Railway.

Route Map
This a custom-generated Google Map (one of several on this site) of the extent of the Severn & Wye railway. The green line is the current extent of the Dean Forest Railway,the orange line represents a possible (and as of January 2016, looking more likely) northwards extension towards Speech House Rd and the cyan lines show closed sections which are likely to remain that way. Blue location markers represent stations, magenta represent collieries and other major suppliers of freight and green represent tunnel entrances and other sites of interest.

I'm not claiming the additions I've made are 100% accurate, but I'm hoping that based on the map data, the aerial images, and the pictures I've seen, the lines and markers illustrated are reasonably close to their actual positions in reality. It should also be noted that the lines drawn do not necessarily mean that any public right of way exists along them (although a lot of them are now cycleways).

I have also tried to link the location markers to some of the publications referenced by this site in order to show where locations are (or at least approximately were located).

Abbreviations used

PPC1 : Past and Present Companion, The Dean Forest Railway and ex-Severn & Wye Railway Lines Volume 1
PPC2 : Past and Present Companion, The Dean Forest Railway and ex-Severn & Wye Railway Lines Volume 2
SW1 : Severn & Wye Railway Volume 1

View Severn & Wye Railway in a larger map
Mierystock Bridge, Forest of Dean Gloucestershire
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