An Historical Survey of the Midland in Gloucestershire
- An Historical Survey of the Midland in Gloucestershire
- Station Layouts and Illustrations
- by Peter Smith
- It was purely by a strange quirk of fate that the Midland Railway ever reached Gloucestershire at all, as by rights one would have expected the broad gauge Bristol and Birmingham Railway to have been absorbed by the Great Western Railway and not the Midland. However, the GWR did not offer favourable enough terms and by chance John Ellis, Deputy chairman of the Midland, met the Bristol & Birmingham directors representatives on a railway journey to London and sealed the agreement whereby if the GWR offer was unacceptable the Midland would lease the line. Hence, it was that in 1845 the Midland reached Bristol, and much to the GWRs chagrin narrowed the line to standard gauge.
- This volume covers the section of the Midland Railway between Mangotsfield in the south, to Gloucester in the north, together with the branches to Thornbury, Dursley, Nailsworth and Stroud, plus the various dock lines surrounding Gloucester. Details encompassed include track plans, signalling diagrams, structure drawings and a profuse selection of plates illustrating the various locations.
- The Midland in Gloucestershire is a companian volume to the authors Forest of Dean Railways which covered the Severn & Wye Railway, which was latterly jointly owned by the Midland and Great Western railways, and which connected with the Midland at Berkeley Road.
- 1985, Case bound, 160 pages, 8½" x 12"
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- ISBN-10 0860933016
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