Monmouth Troy railway station


Monmouth Troy railway station
Monmouth Troy
Winchcombe railway station1.jpg
Monmouth Troy has been rebuilt on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, it is now called Winchcombe railway station.
Location
Place Monmouth
Area Monmouthshire
Operations
Original company Coleford, Monmouth, Usk and Pontypool Railway[notes 1]
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway[notes 2]
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
Platforms 2
History
October 1857 Station opened for Coleford, Monmouth, Usk and Pontypool Railway
January 1964 Station closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Monmouth Troy was one of the two former stations at Monmouth. It was built in 1857 by the Coleford, Monmouth, Usk and Pontypool Railway and was used by several other branch lines as the local rail network expanded. The station closed in January 1964 following the closure of the last two lines to the station, the Wye Valley Railway and the Ross and Monmouth Railway.

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History

Monmouth Troy was built for the Coleford, Monmouth, Usk and Pontypool Railway and opened on 12 October 1857. It was the largest of the two stations in Monmouth,[1] the other station being Monmouth Mayhill. The Ross & Monmouth Railway found its way to Monmouth Troy in 1874 followed shortly by the Wye Valley Railway in 1876, the Coleford Railway came later in 1883.

The Coleford Railway closed in 1917; The Coleford, Monmouth, Usk and Pontypool Railway withdrew passenger services in 1955, followed by freight services on 12 October 1957. The Wye Valley Railway and Ross and Monmouth Railway struggled on until 1959 when both railways were served with a closure notice and withdrew passenger services. Freight Services on both lines to Monmouth Troy were continued until January 1964. Monmouth Troy station officially closed to rail services on 5 January 1964. If Monmouth had remained a county town it would have been the first county town in Britain to lose all its railway services.[1]

Goods yard

Monmouth Troy also had a large goods yard, this was constructed at the same time of the station and outlived it by nine months until October 1964 when its non-rail depot closed.[1]

Tunnel

The short tunnel directly to the west of the station that took the railway beneath Gibraltar Hill was called Monmouth Troy tunnel. It was 140 yards (130 m) long. It is sometimes confused with the A40 road tunnel going under the same hill named Gibraltar Tunnel.[2]

Monmouth Troy today

During the construction of a building estate which would have destroyed the derelict station building, the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway bought it and moved the building stone by stone from Monmouth and re-built it on the restored railway. Re-construction at Winchcombe on the restored line began in 1987 and was completed in 1999, the station is now known as Winchcombe railway station.[1][3]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Wyesham Halt   Wye Valley Railway
British Railways
  Terminus
Wyesham Halt   Coleford Railway
Great Western Railway
  Terminus
Terminus   Coleford, Monmouth, Usk and Pontypool Railway
British Railways
  Dingestow
Monmouth Mayhill   Ross and Monmouth Railway
British Railways
  Terminus
Monmouth (Troy) Station November 1958. On the left is 0-4-2T No. 1455 pushing an auto-train from Ross-on-Wye. On the right is 0-6-0PT No. 6439 on a train to Severn Tunnel Junction

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Also used by the Wye Valley Railway, Ross and Monmouth Railway and Coleford Railway.
  2. ^ All lines except the Ross and Monmouth Railway were acquired by the Great Western Railway before the Railways Act 1921.

References

  1. ^ a b c d B. M. Handley and R. Dingwall, The Wye Valley Railway and the Coleford Branch, 1982, ISBN 0-85361-530-6
  2. ^ Stanley C Jenkins, The Ross, Monmouth and Pontypool Road Line, revised second edition 2009, ISBN 978-0-85361-692-4
  3. ^ http://www.gwsr.com/about-the-gwr/history/chronology.aspx

External links

Coordinates: 51°48′13″N 2°42′44″W / 51.80371°N 2.71213°W / 51.80371; -2.71213


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