Ledbury and Gloucester Railway

Ledbury and Gloucester Railway
A bridge carrying a minor road over the railway trackbed near Rudford church.

The Ledbury and Gloucester Railway (also known as the Daffodil Line), was a railway line in Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, England, running between Ledbury and Gloucester. It opened in 1885 and closed in 1964.[1]


Most of the line was built over the route of the southern section of the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal, which had opened in 1798. After a period of financial struggle the canal was leased to the Great Western Railway (GWR) in 1863 and in 1881 work started on conversion to a railway.[2] The railway was built by two companies, the Newent Railway and the Ross and Ledbury Railway. The line opened on 27 July 1885 and was operated by the GWR. Both of the smaller companies were amalgamated into the GWR in 1892.[3] The line closed to passenger traffic in 1959, with the Dymock to Gloucester section remaining open to goods traffic only until 1964.[2]


The line followed a south and then south-easterly route between Ledbury railway station and Gloucester Central railway station, it joined the Gloucester to Newport Line at Over Junction.[4] Stations were constructed at Ledbury Town Halt, Greenway Halt, Dymock, Four Oaks Halt, Newent, Malswick Halt and Barbers Bridge. An interesting skew bridge that carried the line across Hereford Road in Ledbury remains in use as part of the Ledbury Town Trail footpath.[5][6]


  1. ^ "GLOUCESTER TO LEDBURY (GWR)". disused-rlys. 29 March 2006. http://disused-rlys.fotopic.net/c906750.html. Retrieved 11 January 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Ledbury Transport History
  3. ^ MacDermot, E T (1931). History of the Great Western Railway. 2 (1863-1921) (1 ed.). London: Great Western Railway. 
  4. ^ Stan Yorke, Lost Railways of Gloucestershire, 2009, ISBN 978-1-84674-163-0
  5. ^ "SO7038 : Old railway bridge, Ledbury". Geograph. http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1367733. Retrieved 19 September 2009. 
  6. ^ "Photo by D. J. Norton, Ledbury". http://www.photobydjnorton.com/Ledbury.html. Retrieved 18 September 2009. 

Coordinates: 51°56′36″N 2°26′00″W / 51.9434°N 2.4333°W / 51.9434; -2.4333