Severn and Wye Railway Volume 4
- Severn and Wye Railway
- Volume 4 - The Mineral Loop
- The casual visitor to the Forest of Dean will no doubt find it a pleasant, though unassuming, area in which to escape the pressures of everyday life, the absence of splendour in the landscape being mnore than compensated for by the tranquillity to be found in its lush and gentle greenwood.
- The more observant traveller may, however, perceive places where the rough scars of man's work interrupt the natural contours of the land, and pathways whose alignment and earthworks betray their former purpose.
- In fact the Forest was once a rather different place to that promoted today by the Wyedean Tourist Board. Its dense, leafy canopy concealed a rich mineral wealth which has known and exploited as far back as Roman times, reaching a peak around the turn of the century.
- Ambitious traders, anxious to convey their hard-won products to the markets of the outside world promoted and built a network of tramroads and, later, railways which were to play a vital role in the area's rise to industrial prominence
- Volume 1 of this series traced the history of the Severn & Wye and Severn Bridge Railway, the major independant concern in the Forest of Dean, and illustrated its 'main line' from Lydney, on the South Wales Railway, northwards to the former industrial centre of Parkend.
- Volume 2 continued this coverage from Coleford Junction through the verdant heart of the Forest to Cinderford.
- Volume 3 examines the Lydbrook and Coleford branches with extensive coverage of the industries they served.
- Volume 4 covers the Mineral Loop. Lydney Docks will appear in Volume 5 and the Severn Bridge Railway and Sharpness Docks in Volume 6.
- Pages 581-755, 2009, Case bound, 8¾" x 11"
- Wild Swan Publications
- ISBN-10 1895184649
- ISBN-13 9781895184648
- Available NEW from Stock Now Price: £29.95
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