Gloucester – Ross – Hereford Railway
The railway line from Gloucester (Grange Court) to Hereford (Barrs Court), via Ross on Wye, was opened as a single-track broad gauge line on 1.6.1855 by the Hereford, Ross and Gloucester Railway Company, though that concern had been absorbed by the GWR by opening. The line ran for nearly 23 miles through largely rural areas of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire, with the topography dictating the use of four tunnels and a similar number of large bridges. Deliberately over engineered, the line was capable of carrying the largest, heaviest trains and was seen by many as part of the future of the railways but, as with so many others, it shut to passengers throughout on 2.11.1964 and freight from Ross to Grange Court a year later.

Post-closure, some sections of the route have been totally obliterated, others remain, stations have become houses and the trackbed can be walked, legally or not, in small sections. I have now visited most of the route north of Longhope and a veritable assortment of photos follow. I aim to visit the Grange Court to Longhope, and Lea to Ross sections in due course.

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

DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT ENCOURAGE NOR CONDONE TRESPASS ON THE OPERATIONAL RAILWAY. IT IS NOT ONLY A CRIMINAL OFFENCE BUT HIGHLY DANGEROUS TOO – SO DON'T DO IT!!

Last amended or updated: 30.7.2012

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