Lansdown Junction, Cheltenham was a busy place, with around 300 train movements on weekdays in the 1950s. The left side lines under Lansdown Bridge in the background go to Ashchurch, Worcester and Birmingham, with those on the right going to Cheltenham St James and Honeybourne. Behind the wartime signal box was the branch to Andoversford.   This magnificent portrait depicts ex-LMS Compound 41123, recently transferred to Gloucester Barnwood, on Saturday 20 July 1957 with the semi-fast 9.20am Derby - Bristol class 'A' via Worcester. By 1957 it was rare to see a Compound on a class 'A' train,except as assisting engine on a double-header. However 41123's diagammed up working the previous day was the 11.40am Fridays only Bournemouth - Derby express from Gloucester - which had been a Barnwood Compound turn since 1950, showing a continuity of motive power.
See the article 'Lansdown Junction Signal Box Train Register 4 February 1956' for further details of trains seen here and  '41123 - The Western Region's Last Compound' for more about
this loco's time at Barnwood. Photo by T E Williams.

Welcome to Gloucestershire Railway Memories.

I intend to publish articles mostly written by me and compiled from various sources including my own memories and notes, mainly from the 1950s through to the demise of BR steam in the area in 1966, but covering other eras as well. The articles will incorporate information from: official railway publications, such as working time tables and traffic notices; the small circulation Gloucestershire Railway Society* News which published local observations and articles; The Railway Observer, magazine of the Railway Correspondence & Travel Society - formed in Cheltenham in 1928 - which had regular news about the local area. Books written and published by me include Steam Routes Around Cheltenham, Steam Routes Around Gloucester, Gloucestershire Steam Finale, Birmingham - Bristol Portrait of a Famous Midland Route and Steam Locomotive Casualty Reports, all now out of print (see Runpast book covers page).

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The back road at Gloucester Barnwood loco depot in January 1962 stabled two ex-Midland Railway 2P 4-4-0s, 40540 and 40537, in storage.
Both were constructed in 1899, though heavily rebuilt in subsequent years. Whilst 40540 was withdrawn in February 1962, 40537 had
another lease of life, working from Templecombe on the Somerset & Dorset line from April until withdrawal in August 1962.
The author is one of the lads 'cabbing' 40540, the other is Dave Smith and the photo was taken by Jim Irwin, whose shadow can be seen.
Dave and Jim later became locomotive cleaners and then firemen at Gloucester Horton Road shed.

The author spent many happy hours of his young life at this spot in Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, by the bridge, watching trains go by,
also attending school on the other side of the tracks.
This photo from 1 August 1964 shows 'Jubilee' 45658 'Keyes' with an up express, 1N40 9am Paignton - Leeds, a summer Saturday working.
'Keyes' had the distinction of spending its entire life - from 1934 to 1965 - allocated to just one shed, Leeds Holbeck.
The signal gantry has been stripped of quite a few of the 'pegs' it had when erected in 1942, with the widening here from two to four tracks.

Four tracks lasted until steam working ceased in Autumn 1966, then reverted to two tracks.
Note the fogman's hut in the centre of the picture, probably sited there in 1942.
The footpath along the top of the embankment is still extant, but it is hard to see trains passing as the banks are totally overgrown.
The footbridge in the background going to the 'Humpty - Dumps' and The Reddings is still well used today. Photo Stephen Mourton

This picture shows part of my old school at Hatherley Lane, where some of us used to stand by the fence and watch
trains go by. The loco is one of the 20
ex-GW 'Mogul' 2-6-0s with a side window cab. Photo Robin Stanton 

I remember when all this was fields....View off the old Hatherley Lane Bridge on Sunday 16 December 1962 as 2-6-2T 4109 approaches on the up main hauling class 'A' passenger 1Z36 Paddington - Cheltenham excursion. Though there is apparently a train signalled on the up relief Hatherley Junction box was closed from 6am Sunday to 5am Monday with the signals set to 'off' allowing trains to proceed to the next set of signals controlled by Lansdown Junction box, which was open continuously.
See also article 'Bridge At Hatherley Lane' in the 'Way and Works' section. Photo Stephen Mourton

* Sadly the Gloucestershire Railway Society, formed in 1951, is now defunct.Although having only around 100 members, it was well connected with the local BR hierarchy and was noted for its annual railtour, featuring interesting routes and motive power.

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