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Three Railway-related Forest videos

Three Forest of Dean railway-related videos by Michael Ayland

Steam to Cinderford

Michael's commentary: "... in the mid 1960's I badly filmed the Steam freight working between Soudley and Cinderford. This entry is the best of the poor quality film but it is a nice record of when Cinderford had a railway".

The dismantling of Lydbrook Viaduct

Michael's commentary: "Lydbrook Viaduct was built in 1872 to connect Cinderford to the Ross-on-Wye to Monmouth line via Serridge junction. Was last used for Passengers in 1929 and freight in 1951. I filmed the destruction of the Viaduct in 1966. With the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley attracting many many tourists the removal of the railway lines throughout the whole of the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean must call into question the serious lack of vision the Authorities had at that period!".

The old Severn Rail Bridge

Michael's commentary: "After the tragic collision of the Arkendale H and the Wastdale H on the night of 25th October 1960 which resulted in the demolition of two spans of the Severn Railway Bridge I filmed the remains of the bridge which stood unrepaired until it was finally demolished in 1965. .. "

Michael added: "I have three Forest videos on You tube all of which are terrible quality but feature Steam to Cinderford, The dismantling of Lydbrook Viaduct and The old Severn Rail Bridge".

There is more local material on Michael's website.


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