The Berkeley Vale Railway
Howard Parker will cover the History and Future of the Vale of Berkeley Railway line. Volunteers have been working since 2015 to establish a new heritage railway using the line which runs from Berkeley Road to Sharpness.
In the 1870’s interest was growing in linking up the railway lines of the Dean Forest with the mainline from Birmingham to Bristol in order to speed up the transportation of coal from the Forest. As a result work started on the construction of the Severn Railway bridge in 1875 by the Severn Bridge Railway Company with the line from Berkeley Road (on the MR mainline) to Lydney via Sharpness and the Severn Bridge opening on Oct 17 1879. Soon after the two companies amalgamated to form the Severn and Wye and Severn Bridge Railway Company, but this went bnankrupt in 1893.
Wotton-under-Edge Civic Centre
2 Gloucester Street, Wotton-under-Edge, GL12 7DN
Friday 16th December 2022 at 7.30pm
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