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Saturday, 20 May 2017

Twyning Farm, Shuthonger

This week's blog post takes us to Twyning Farm near Tewkesbury to see a selection of Ben Brooksbank's photographs of the section of railway that bisected the farm there. Ben lived at the farm from 1926 until 1944 and was a frequent visitor in the years thereafter, putting him in the perfect place to get some fantastic shots of the small tank engines as they passed through the area. Of particular interest is the third picture, a nicely composed view of a locomotive approaching the gentle westward curve north of Shuthonger with a single carriage in tow. I think that this picture, perhaps more than any other on this site, captures the essence of this small country railway perfectly.

'LMS Stanier 3MT 2-6-2T on Ashchurch - Great Malvern line. View NW, towards Great Malvern from the bottom of the track from Twyning Farm.' Used courtesy of Ben Brooksbank via Creative Commons.
'Ashchurch - Great Malvern Railway.' Used courtesy of Ben Brooksbank via Creative Commons.
'The Little Ashchurch - Great Malvern train seen from Twyning Farm.' Used courtesy of Ben Brooksbank via Creative Commons.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Malvern Common/Builders Yard

Just a quick update from me this week while I am on holiday. This short series of pictures fills a small gap in my route map, showing the modern County Builders yard which sits on the former site of the Tewkesbury Junction sidings complex. There is not much to see here now, but the tree line from above (as ever) provides a clear sign of where this last stretch of the Midland line to Ashchurch ran before it joined the main Hereford-Worcester branch just a few hundred yards away.

The view north towards Great Malvern roughly in line with the route of the old railway.
A little further along - the line ran straight through where the large shelving units stand now.
The rear of the site gives a little more detail away - the tree line matches the old railway line as it ran south.
The tree line looking south from the builders' yard. This tree line continues behind the houses on St Andrew's Road before emerging onto the south-eastern corner of Malvern Common.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

The Colin Allbright Collection, Part XI: Malvern Link Station

This week's post takes us to Malvern Link, a site less frequently visited by this blog. These pictures were taken in the late 1970s by Colin Allbright, and show the station in a bit of a run-down state. Happily, the stop was given a facelift in early 2014, with a new stone-clad booking office a key new addition. The shots below are interesting in that they depict the station in a less congested setting - the area around Malvern Link has seen quite a lot of building work in the last few years with a revamped fire station, hospital and new retirement homes all clustered alongside nearby Worcester Road. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this trip through time!

The view northwards along Malvern Link station from Worcester Road bridge.
The pedestrian footbridge from the east.
The station master's house, and the day's laundry.
The station master's house from above.
Howsell Road bridge.
The view north from Howsell Road to the caravan park.
Some building work being carried out!

Saturday, 29 April 2017

The Colin Allbright Collection, Part IV: Peachfield Bridge

This week's blog post sees us returning to Peachfield Road bridge with some of Colin Allbright's shots from the late 1970s. Apart from the ancient rolling stock and the signal posts which were trimmed down in July 2016, not much has changed around here in the intervening decades. Nevertheless, these pictures provide an interesting glimpse of a site which was at the time still coming to terms with the closure of its local station. Note the old buildings belonging to Malvern Wells GWR station still standing in the abandoned station forecourt and the comparatively well maintained lineside brambles!

A DMU passes the abandoned Malvern Wells station.
A DMU on the way to Great Malvern.
A clear shot of the line down to Malvern.
Peachfield Road bridge from the north.
The semaphore signals (replaced and shortened 2016).
The underpass beneath the railway line on Malvern Common.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

More Pictures of Brotheridge Green Shed

For this week's blog post I decided to return to one of my favourite spots near Malvern; Brotheridge Green nature reserve. I snapped my original series of pictures here in March 2016: it was late on an afternoon and the crummy camera phone I had with me at the time decided to turn a lot of the pictures a very evocative but also very distorted sepia red colour. With my photo editing skills today being much better than they were then, I decided to repair these old pictures and to take a few new ones along the way. I think the Brotheridge Green page (and particularly the photographs of the tumbledown permanent way hut there) are now much improved.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

The Colin Allbright Collection, Part VII: Great Malvern Station

This week's update includes some more pictures of Great Malvern Station. These pictures are from the late 1970s, and show the station before it was gutted by fire in 1986. The shots taken from Platform One are particularly interesting, as they show the long-derelict Midland bay a few years before it was finally filled in and sold for housing. Notice also the old British Rail trappings, also now consigned to history.

The front of the station with the old British Rail awning.
Looking across the station car park.
Looking across Platform One to the derelict Midland bay platform.
The view from Avenue Road bridge, 1/2...
...and 2/2.
'The Worm' and the wooden track crossing below the bridge.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Dymock Daffodil Trail - Vell Mill

Last week I decided to pay a visit to Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust's beautiful nature reserve at Vell Mill, a small field adjoining the River Leadon east of Dymock. During the heyday of the railways, special excursion trips were aranged from the large cities to see the daffodils in south Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, so I took some pictures of this year's array. Dymock station itself sat on the Ledbury-Gloucester Railway and opened in 1885, closing eventually in 1959.


Today, Dymock has no railway station or indeed any railway line nearby, although a few relics remain. For example, a tell-tale hedge line still bisects the village from north to south, and an old railway bridge continues to carry Kempley Road over a now abandoned cutting.


This post is not strictly railway related, but after my interesting walk along the Ledbury Town Trail over Christmas I thought it would be nice to take another look at sites outside Worcestershire.

The information board at Vell Mill.
Looking west towards Dymock.
Looking east across the field.
Two trumpets.
A cluster of daffodils.
The bend in the River Leadon on the southern flank of the reserve.
Nice weather for it!

Saturday, 1 April 2017

The Colin Allbright Collection, Part II: Fruitlands Estate

This week's blog update takes us back to Colin Allbright's collection, this time to fill a gap by revisiting the old buffers outside Malvern Wells signal box. These shots were taken in the late 1970s and show the area behind the new Fruitlands housing estate, north of Colwall Tunnel. There will be more from this collection to come in the following weeks but meanwhile, enjoy!

Skid row: the buffers, 1/2...
...and part 2/2.
Down the line, with the Fruitlands estate on the bend.
New houses on the railway line. Shame they got rid of the nearby station!
Malvern Wells box in the distance.
Back down to the lineside.