Redbrook on Wye railway station

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Redbrook on Wye
LocationRedbrook, Forest of Dean
England
Grid referenceSO536100
Platforms1
Other information
StatusDisused
History
Original companyWye Valley Railway
Pre-groupingGreat Western Railway
Post-groupingGreat Western Railway
Key dates
November 1876Station opened
January 1959Station closed to passengers
January 1964Station closed completely

Redbrook on Wye railway station was a station serving the village of Redbrook on the now disused Wye Valley Railway. It was opened on 1 November 1876 with the rest of the line and remained open for 83 years, it closed in 1959. The sidings and passing loop remained open until late 1961 to serve the Tinplate Works in the village.[1]

History[edit]

The station was opened in 1876 as one of the four stopping places on the line, the others were Tidenham Station, Tintern Station and St. Briavels Station. The station complex consisted of a platform, station building, goods shed, signal box, passing loop and sidings; the signal box controlled the loop and sidings.[1] The signal box was only used when needed as the sidings were only occasionally used.

Throughout its life, the station won many awards for its flowers and decorations, its climbing roses especially. The staff were often in competition with Tintern Station to be the best kept station on the line.

Nine years after the stations opening, a new company re-opened the old Tinplate Works. The Shareholders of the railway were informed that the new tinplate company would provide a reliable source of income. The Tinplate Works managed to produce a steady amount until it finally closed in 1961.[1] The railway was completely demolished soon afterwards to make room for a restaurant. However, Penallt Viaduct, which led up to the station is still standing, it now carries a public footpath over the Wye.


Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Penallt Halt   British Railways
Wye Valley Railway
  Wyesham Halt

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c B. M. Handley and R. Dingwall, The Wye Valley Railway and the Coleford Branch, 1982, ISBN 0-85361-530-6

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°47′15″N 2°40′29″W / 51.7876°N 2.6748°W / 51.7876; -2.6748