Midland branch lines in the Stroud Area
In the days before British Rail (1948-1996) two of the 'big four' post-grouping companies vied for trade on the metals of Gloucestershire – the Great Western and the Midland (LMS). The towns of Stroud and Stonehouse were lucky enough to be served by both. The main line from Stonehouse to Nailsworth, via Ryeford, Dudbridge and Woodchester, ran for 5 miles, 78 chains, and was opened 1.2.1867 by the Stonehouse and Nailsworth Railway Company, absorbed by the Midland in 1878. A short branch line into Stroud was added in 1885, at 1m 23ch. Passenger services were withdrawn throughout in 1947, and both lines shut overall on 1.6.1966, and now form part of National Cycleway 45, which will eventually connect Salisbury to Chester.

Grid references verified via www.streetmap.co.uk (zoom level 3).

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Last amended or updated: 31.7.2012

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