The Dursley Railway

The History of a Gloucestershire Branch Line (1854 – 1970)

The railway that once ran from a junction with the Gloucester to Bristol mainline served the town of Dursley for over 100 years – conveying both passenger, commuter and freight traffic up the Cam Valley and into the town’s terminus.
Originally built and designed by the towns’ businessmen in 1854 it remained active until its enforced closure in 1970 when a lorry collided with its only over-road bridge.

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‘The Dursley railway’ offers a comprehensive, historical record, and social commentary on the railway that once served the Cotswold town of Dursley in Gloucestershire. In this work the author catalogues its history and influence during a time of radical change in Victorian England.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
PART 1 – DURSLEY AND ITS RAILWAY
Chapter 1 – Born of Water and Wool
Chapter 2 – Gloucestershire\'s Early Railways
Chapter 3 – Dursley & Midland Junction Railway (1864 – 1856)
Chapter 4 – Poor Trading and Fading Fortunes (1856 – 1862)
Chapter 5 – Under Midland Control (1862)
Chapter 6 – Decline to Closure (1956 – 1970)

PART 2 – DURSLEY BRANCH IN PROFILE
Chapter 7 – Trackbed
Chapter 8 – Coaley Junction Station
Chapter 9 – Coaley to Cam
Chapter 10 – Cam Station
Chapter 11 – Cam to Dursley
Chapter 12 – Dursley Station
Chapter 13 – R. A. Lister Goods Yard

PART 3 – LOCOMOTIVES AND ROLLING STOCK
Chapter 14 – D & MJR and Midland Locomotives
Chapter 15 – 0-6-0s and Midland Workhorses
Chapter 16 – GWR Era
Chapter 17 – Diesel Traction
Chapter 18 – Coaches, Wagons and Vans

PART 4 – WORKERS, EMPLOYEES AND CONTRACTORS
Chapter 20 – Stationmasters
Chapter 21 – Station Staff
Chapter 22 – Signalmen
Chapter 23 – Drivers, Guards & Firemen
Chapter 24- Other Railway Workers

PART 5 – LINE REGULATION AND OPERATION
Chapter 26 – Working Timetables
Chapter 27 – Signalling & Safety
Chapter 28 – Ticketing
Chapter 29 – Freight Services

PART 6 – TRAVEL, TRIPS AND EXPLORATION
Chapter 30 – Midland Cheap Fares and Special Excursions
Chapter 31 – Roses, Rifles and Railways
Chapter 32 – Dursley Carnivals and Shows
Chapter 33 – Cook’s Travels
Chapter 34 – Local Private Events
Chapter 35 – Private Day Excursions
Chapter 36 – Rail Tours & Enthusiasts Specials

PART 7 – MEMORIES AND REFLECTIONS
Chapter 37 – Railway Recollections
Chapter 38 – Calamity, Crime and Chaos
Chapter 39 – The Dursley Railway at War
Chapter 40 – Impact of the Dursley Railway

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL
BIBLIOGRAPHY AND RESOURCES
ADDITIONAL NOTES
APPENDICES
REFERENCES

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