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In and around Gloucester – UK Rail Journeys Series 1 – Episode 6
In this episode our journey continues as we travel along the Golden Valley line through Stonehouse station and on to Gloucester. We have a few hours in Gloucester whilst the crew services our train. We then take the Gloucester to Newport line for the next part of our journey.
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More closed stations:
Dr Beeching has a lot to answer for! On our way to Stonehouse we pass through the sites of Downfield Crossing Halt, Cashes Green Halt and Ebley Crossing Halt. The three stations saw their last passengers in November 1964.
Stonehouse to Gloucester:
Stonehouse has two platforms and a ticket office. The platforms at the station could only accommodate two carriages until 2019 when they were extended.
Two miles on from Stonehouse and we cross the Cross Country route that runs from Bristol Temple Meads to York.
We next pass through the site of Haresfield Station which saw its last passengers in January 1965. As we approach Gloucester we cross the Gloucester to Newport line. We shall be taking this later.
It is a beautiful afternoon. Our passengers leave the train because they have three hours to explore the city. There is a great deal to see and do in Gloucester. Whilst some head for the pubs and restaurants others visit the Cathedral and the docks. Everybody enjoys the chance to stretch their legs!
The Gloucester to Newport line:
Our passengers return in good time to rejoin our freshly serviced train. The tanks are full of water and fresh tablecloths are on the tables. In the kitchen the chefs have started to prepare the evening meal.
A toot on the whistle, a hiss of steam and we pull out of Gloucester on the first leg of our journey to Shrewsbury via Newport using the Gloucester to Newport line.
As we pass through the Forest of Dean we pass through Lydney station which connects with the Dean Forest Railway. You can find out more about this heritage line by listening to the podcast here.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed this podcast. If so, please join me in a couple of weeks time when we continue our journey, travelling along the side of the River Severn on the Welsh Dragon.
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