Monmouth Troy was one of the two former railway stations at Monmouth. It was built in 1857 by the Coleford, Monmouth, Usk and Pontypool Railway and was used by several other branch lines as the local rail network expanded. The station closed in January 1964 following the closure of the last two lines to the station, the Wye Valley Railway and the Ross and Monmouth Railway.
|Original company||Coleford, Monmouth, Usk and Pontypool Railway[notes 1]|
|Pre-grouping||Great Western Railway[notes 2]|
|Post-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|October 1857||Station opened|
|5 January 1959||Closed to passengers|
|January 1964||Closed to goods|
|Railways in Monmouth|
|Wye Valley Railway|
Coleford, Monmouth, Usk
and Pontypool Railway
|Ross and Monmouth |
Monmouth Troy was built for the Coleford, Monmouth, Usk and Pontypool Railway near to Troy House, and opened on 12 October 1857. It was the larger of the two stations in Monmouth, the other station being Monmouth Mayhill. The Ross & Monmouth Railway found its way to Monmouth Troy in 1874 followed shortly by the Wye Valley Railway in 1876, the Coleford Railway came later in 1883.
The Coleford Railway closed in 1917. The Coleford, Monmouth, Usk and Pontypool Railway withdrew passenger services in 1955, followed by freight services on 12 October 1957. The Wye Valley Railway and Ross and Monmouth Railway struggled on until 1959, when both railways were served with a closure notice and withdrew passenger services. Freight services on both lines to Monmouth Troy were continued until January 1964. Monmouth Troy station officially closed to rail services on 5 January 1964. If Monmouth had remained a county town it would have been the first county town in Britain to lose all its railway services.
The short tunnel directly to the west of the station that took the railway beneath Gibraltar Hill was called Monmouth Troy tunnel. It was 140 yards (130 m) long. It is sometimes confused with the A40 road tunnel, named Gibraltar Tunnel, that passes under the same hill.
Monmouth Troy todayEdit
During the construction of a building estate which would have destroyed the derelict station building, the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway bought it and moved the building stone-by-stone from Monmouth and rebuilt it on the restored railway. Re-construction at Winchcombe on the restored line began in 1987 and was completed in 1999; the station is now known as Winchcombe railway station.
|Preceding station||Disused railways||Following station|
|Wyesham Halt||Wye Valley Railway
|Wyesham Halt||Coleford Railway
Great Western Railway
|Terminus||Coleford, Monmouth, Usk and Pontypool Railway
|Monmouth Mayhill||Ross and Monmouth Railway
- B. M. Handley and R. Dingwall, The Wye Valley Railway and the Coleford Branch, 1982, ISBN 0-85361-530-6
- Stanley C Jenkins, The Ross, Monmouth and Pontypool Road Line, revised second edition 2009, ISBN 978-0-85361-692-4
- "Chronology". Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. Archived from the original on 2 August 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
- An article on the station including photos
- Memories of Monmouth Troy
- A website about the Ross and Monmouth Railway