Monmouth Troy railway station

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.

Monmouth Troy
Winchcombe railway station1.jpg
The former Monmouth Troy station building has been re-erected at Winchcombe railway station on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway.
LocationMonmouth, Monmouthshire
Wales
Platforms2
Other information
StatusDisused
History
Original companyColeford, Monmouth, Usk and Pontypool Railway[notes 1]
Pre-groupingGreat Western Railway[notes 2]
Post-groupingGreat Western Railway
Key dates
October 1857 (1857-10)Station opened
5 January 1959Closed to passengers
January 1964 (1964-01)Closed to goods
Railways in Monmouth
Monmouth Mayhill
Monmouth Troy
Wyesham Halt
Dingestow
Wye Valley Railway
Monmouth Troy
Wyesham Halt
Wyesham Junction
Redbrook on Wye
Penallt Halt
Whitebrook Halt
St Briavels
Llandogo Halt
Brockweir Halt
Tintern
River Wye
Monmouthshire
Gloucestershire
Tintern tunnel
182 yd
166 m
Tidenham tunnel
1190 yd
1088 m
Netherhope Halt
Tidenham
Wye Valley Junction
Tutshill for Beachley Halt
Chepstow East
Chepstow
Coleford, Monmouth, Usk
and Pontypool Railway
0-46
0-00-
Monmouth Troy
3-32
Dingestow
5-56
Elms Bridge Halt
6-34
Raglan
6-43
Raglan Footpath
7-59
Raglan Road
Crossing Halt
8-52
Llandenny
9-66
Cefntilla Halt
12-04
Usk
14-28
ROF Glascoed
14-48
Glascoed Halt
16-12
Little Mill Junction
Pontypool Road
Ross and Monmouth
Railway

 miles-chains

0-00 Ross-on-Wye
3-12 Walford Halt
4-10 Kerne Bridge
Lydbrook tunnel
5-40 Lydbrook Junction
7-50 Symonds Yat
10-59 Hadnock Halt
12-31 Monmouth Mayhill
13-10 Monmouth Troy

HistoryEdit

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,[1] 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.[1]

Goods yardEdit

Monmouth Troy also had a large goods yard; this was constructed at the same time as the station, and outlived it by nine months until October 1964 when its non-rail depot closed.[1]

TunnelEdit

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.[2]

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.[1][3]


Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Wyesham Halt   Wye Valley Railway
British Railways
  Terminus
Wyesham Halt   Coleford Railway
Great Western Railway
  Terminus
Terminus   Coleford, Monmouth, Usk and Pontypool Railway
British Railways
  Dingestow
Monmouth Mayhill   Ross and Monmouth Railway
British Railways
  Terminus

See alsoEdit

GalleryEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Also used by the Wye Valley Railway, Ross and Monmouth Railway and Coleford Railway.
  2. ^ All lines except the Ross and Monmouth Railway were acquired by the Great Western Railway before the Railways Act 1921.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d B. M. Handley and R. Dingwall, The Wye Valley Railway and the Coleford Branch, 1982, ISBN 0-85361-530-6
  2. ^ Stanley C Jenkins, The Ross, Monmouth and Pontypool Road Line, revised second edition 2009, ISBN 978-0-85361-692-4
  3. ^ "Chronology". Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. Archived from the original on 2 August 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2013.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 51°48′10″N 2°42′49″W / 51.8029°N 2.7135°W / 51.8029; -2.7135