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Old 17-03-2018, 08:35 PM   #1
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My wife and I enjoy an annual holiday in the Forest of Dean. We have been there almost every year since the year 2000. During that time we have enjoyed exploring a number of the different railway routes in the forest and have begun to realise just how complex a network of tramways supported the standard vague railways which themselves had replaced much earlier tramways. I hope this thread will be of interest to some.

This is the first of a series of blog posts about the forest and its railways and tramways and focusses on Lydney Harbour and its transport links, particularly rail and tramway/tramroad. ...

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Parkend in the Forest of Dean is currently the terminus of a preservation line, the Dean Forest Railway (http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk).

Historically it was a small through station on the Severn and Wye Joint Railway with a short branch to transhipment wharfs that allowed tramways to transfer good to the main line. Further back still t was the centre of some major forest industries which were heavily served by tramways. The first image on the blog below ius a map of the tramways at Parkend in its prime as an industrial centre in the Forest.

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Prior to the introduction of standard gauge railways in the Forest of Dean there was an extensive network of tramways or tramroads. These tramways were of a variety of gauges from 3ft 6in to 4ft. One of these was the Severn and Wye Tramroad. This post details the various branch and feeder tramways associated with this line. The tramway was replaced by the Severn and Wye Joint Railway. ...

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Another post. This one is centred on Parkend, and covers two significant lengths of tramroads.

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com...dikes-tramways

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Was looking at the PIC of the six horses pulling that massive load. Makes one think what was moved many years ago and how it was moved.
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Was looking at the PIC of the six horses pulling that massive load. Makes one think what was moved many years ago and how it was moved.
Impressive isn't it!
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Here is a post on New Fancy Colliery in the Forest of Dean ....

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com...nd-it-railways

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Moseley Green Tramways

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In the last few days I have been looking at the route of the Forest of Dean Tramway which was a major innovation in its day. Haie Hill Tunnel which was built for it in the very early 19th Century was for a short while the longest tunnel in the world. It was also one of the earliest tunnels built.

The tramway linked significant industrial concerns in the Forest of Dean with the Severn Estuary at Bullo Pill. The owners of the tramway were also behind the first serious attempt to tunnel under the Estuary.

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Wow! Add that to my bucket list.
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