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The lost stations

How many stations in the two counties were closed after the Beeching report in the 1960s?

We need your help tracking down the stations that fell foul of the Beeching Report in the 1960s, that closed many rural lines and stations.

We're also looking for other places in Herefordshire and Worcestershire that once had a train station.

Here are some that we know about - if you know any more then please tell us using the form at the bottom of this page.

Hereford to Worcester Line

Malvern Wells, Rushwick, Bransford, Henwick.
Brian from Worcester came up with: Withington, Tarrington, Ashperton, Newlands

Ed from Worcester on Boughton halt: "A simple request halt between Rushwick and Henwick, on the Hereford to Worcester line.  Two platforms, may have been a small hut on each platform for passenger protection, do not remember any lighting but there may have been a light alongside the passenger track crossing."

Worcester to Birmingham

Fernhill Heath.

Stoke Works, between Droitwich and Bromsgrove:  David Twitty wrote to tell us about this station - he as a porter there from 1958 until National Service in 1960.

Worcester to Leominster line

Leigh Court, Knightwick, Suckley, Bromyard, Rowden Mill, Fencote, Steen's Bridge.

Beeching Report

Dr Richard Beeching was appointed chairman of British Railways in 1961 with a brief to reduce costs over the 17,000-mile rail network. He recommended that half of the network be closed down, along with some 2,000 stations.

Beeching's report confirmed suspicions that the railways were underused, mainly thanks to the increase in road transport, and only half of lines were actually profitable. Unfortunately, many of the branch lines that closed acted as feeders to the profitable lines that remained, and use of the railways fell even further.

Worcester to Evesham line

Brian from Worcester came up with: Norton, Wyre Piddle, Fladbury

Droitwich to Kidderminster line

Brian from Worcester came up with: Cutnall Green

Hartlebury to Bridgnorth line

Brian from Worcester came up with: Stourport, Burlish Halt, Wribbenhall, plus in Kidderminster Birchin Coppice.

Malvern to Tewkesbury line

Upton-upon-Severn

Ed from Worcester on Ripple station: "Ripple station, between Upton-upon-Severn and Tewkesbury still exists as a private residence and restaurant.  The main station building's brickwork is very ornate, as was the station at Upton."

Hereford to Ross line

Ross-on-Wye
Brian from Worcester came up with: Holme Lacey, Ballingham, Fawley, Backney

Redditch to Evesham

D Ryder writes: Redditch is currently the terminus of the Birmingham line, but it used to run onwards to serve stations at Studley, Coughton, Alcester, Broom, Wixford,  Salford Priors, Harvinton and finally Evesham itself.

Ross to Monmouth:

Walford
Kerne Bridge

Ross to Gloucester line

Brian from Worcester came up with: Weston Beggard

Hereford to Brecon line

Eardisley, Creddenhill, Moorhampton, Kinnersley, Hay-on-Wye

Tristan from Hereford writes about Credenhill Station: "It closed on the 31st December 1962 and freight continued until 28th September 1964.  With the RAF Camp based at Credenhill the station I guess it was used in the second world war etc to move troops etc."

Dennis Cleaton writes: The Wye Valley had a lovely lot of small stations up to Rhayader and Caersws/Moat Lane/ to the Welsh coast, and Brecon,etc, until Beeching took took it all away.

Kington to Eardisley line

Kington, Lyonshall, Almeley Eardisley

Leominster to Kington line

Titley, Marston Road, Pembridge, Kingsland, Kington, There was also a station at Ox House, which was a private stop for Shobdon Court.

Ledbury to Gloucester - Daffodil Line

Del from Ledbury: "The branch used to run from Ledbury (Junction with Hereford and Worcester line) to:- LEDBURY TOWN HALT, Greenway Halt, Dymock, Four Oaks, Newent,, Malswick, Barbers Bridge, & Gloucester Central. Only the Ledbury stations were in Herefordshire. The Branch was known as the 'Daffodil Line' and closed to passengers in July 1959, the rest closing in stages until final closure in May 1964."

Tell us any places in Herefordshire and Worcestershire that you know used to have a railway station or trams. We also want to hear any stories you might have about the lost stations and branch lines. Send any photos you have to worcester@bbc.co.uk

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