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We reach Shrewsbury and head for our hotels – UK Rail Journeys Series 1 – Episode 8
The first day of The Welsh Dragon ends as we reach Shrewsbury and head for our hotels. For the last few hours we’ve been having dinner and travelling along the Welsh Marches line on our journey towards Shrewsbury.
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North from Abergavenny:
We leave Abergavenny and soon pass a number of long closed stations. In many cases little still remains of the once thriving stations.
This episode of the podcast starts to sound like a roll call of closed stations, junctions and branch lines.
We stop for a short while at Hereford before continuing our journey. Dinmore Tunnel, a major engineering project in the construction of the line, soon follows.
We reach Leominster where about 20 people are waiting to see us take on water. This is the last water stop of the day.
On towards Ludlow:
We pass another batch of closed stations. Berrington & Eye, Wooferton and Asford Bowdler conjure up thoughts of quiet rural communities.
We pass through Ludlow and see the racecourse. The countryside is stunning and this is a beautiful early autumn evening.
Craven Arms to Shrewsbury:
We speed through Craven Arms and climb to the highest point on this line at Church Stretton.
We then benefit from the gently falling gradient as we cover our last few miles into Shrewsbury.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed this podcast. If so, please join me in a couple of weeks time when we continue our journey and leave Shrewsbury for a Sunday afternoon ‘mystery tour’ on the Welsh Dragon.
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The Shrewsbury Premier Inn, which looked after the passengers and many of the train crew, can be found here. I can thoroughly recommend this hotel which is close to the railway station and across the road from the River Severn.
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