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Ross-on-Wye

Old Pictures of the Railway

The Station

Ross Station in 1967
Ross Station in 1967 just prior to demolition
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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These photographs show Ross-on-Wye Station in 1967 just prior to its demolishion to make way for the Ashburton Industrail Estate that now sits in its place.


Station Entrance
Ross Station entrance
Ross Station entrance
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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Station entrance
Station entrance
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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In the two photos above, bars can be seen on the ground to the right of the main entrance. These marked the access point to the beer cellar for the Station bar. The bar was to the right of the main entrance, which was also the ticket office. To the left were offices.

Ross Station and goods shed
Ross Station and goods shed
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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Eastern end of the Station Canopy
Eastern end of the Station canopy
Eastern end of the Station canopy
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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This shot shows the canopy over the centre platform. Behind that, on the other side of the north tracks, can be seen the water column that was fed off the water tower that is on the right just of of shot.


The lines towards Grange Court and Monmouth

These two shots below were the view east out of the station off the platforms showing the lines that went east to Grange Court and also south to Monmouth. In the right hand shot an example of one of the gas lamps and lower quadrant signals can be seen. In the right hand shot, the signal box can also be clearly seen.

The lines from Ross to Grange Court and Monmouth
The lines from Ross to Grange Court and Monmouth
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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The line from Ross towards Grange Court
The line from Ross towards Grange Court
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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The South Signal Box

Ross South Signal Box
Ross South Signal box
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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Ross South Box
Ross South box
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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The Water Tank

The water tank was the main supply for supplying water to the engines whilst they were in the station. An underground pipe led from the tank to the water column that was beside the track.

Ross Water Tank
The Ross Water Tank
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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Ross Water Tank arm
The Ross Water Column
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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North Platform
Ross north platform
Ross north platform
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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The north platform
The north platform
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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South Platform
Ross south platform
Ross south platform
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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The south platform
The south platform
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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Station Canopy
Ross Station north platform canopy
Ross Station north platform canopy
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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These three shots show the amazing canopy that the station had with the detailed castings that form the pillars and roof support brackets.


Ross Station south platform canopy
Ross Station south platform canopy
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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Station south platform canopy
Station south platform canopy
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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The Conical Water Tank

The Water Tank on Ross Station, which was a platform tank on the Hereford end of the down road, was a prototype conical tank design. It had a relatively primitive but effective heater to stop the water freezing during the winter. It also utilised a pivot on the swiveling feed pipe to prevent damage to the joint between the fixed and moving sections.


Ross Conical Water Tank
The Ross Conical Water Tank1
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Ross Conical Water Tank design
The Ross Conical Water Tank design1
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Ross Conical Tank
The Ross Conical Tank
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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Western end of the Station and Platform
Western end of the Station
Western end of the Station
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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Western end of the platform
Western end of the platform
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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The lines towards Hereford
The line from Ross to Hereford
The line from Ross to Hereford
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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The Engine Shed

The Engine Shed prior to the closure of the line.

Ross Engine Shed seen from the north side
Ross Engine Shed from the north side
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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Ross Engine Shed seen from the south side
Ross Engine Shed from the south side
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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The Engine Shed after the closure of the line.

Ross Engine Shed and remains of turntable
Ross Engine Shed and remains of turntable
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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Ross Engine Shed
Ross Engine Shed
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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The Goods Shed

Ross has one goods shed and a small yard used by a number of companies who supplied and were supplied by the railway.

Ross Goods Shed
Ross Goods Shed
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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Ross Goods Shed
Ross Goods Shed
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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Ross Goods Shed
Ross Goods Shed
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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Ross Goods Shed
Ross Goods Shed
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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Ross Goods Shed
Ross Goods Shed
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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The Goods Yard

This is the entrance to the Goods Yard from Ryefield Road. It was apparently unusual for this entrance to be used and very unusual for the gate to be seen left open as seen here.

Ryefield Road entrance to the yard
Ryefield Road entrance to the yard
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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Copsill Brown and Sons Ltd
Copsill Brown and Sons Ltd
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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Copsill Brown and Sons Ltd had a shed in the Goods Yard (as seen here) and were one of the spin off industries that supported the railway. They rented out sacks for the transport of products and were "The Cheapest and the Best".


This is the crane that was in the goods yard and was used for loading and unloading trucks.

Ross Goods yard crane
Ross Goods yard crane
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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The crane in the goods yard
The crane in the goods yard
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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Misc Shed
Misc shed
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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There were a number of miscellaneous storage sheds in the yard too.


The goods yard had a number of animal pens for the temporary holding of livestock prior to them being loaded into the transport wagons.

Ross Goods yard animal pens
Ross Goods yard animal pens
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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Ross coal depots
Ross coal depots
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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In the goods yard were a number of coal depots due to the proximity of the railway for both bringing in the coal and due to this being an area were it was used.


Llewellyns Coal Yard
Llewellyn's Coal Yard
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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Webb, Hall and Webb had a coal yard in the Station yard.

Webb Hall and Webb
Web, Hall and Webb coal depots
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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Oil depot
Oil depot
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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The Station Yard also had a oil depot.


Trains around Ross

These are some photos of trains and engines in and around Ross-on-Wye Station.

2254 at Ross
2254 at Ross
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The Monmouth Train arriving at Ross
The Monmouth Train arriving at Ross
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5177 at Ross
5177 at Ross
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Token exchange at Ross
Token exchange at Ross
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4141

4141 is a 2-6-2T 5101 class tank locomotive and is an example of a 'large Prairie'. Over 300 of them were built between 1903 and 1949 and large Prairies were used on semi-fast and suburban passenger trains working to tight schedules and also for freight trains. The prototype was No. 99, which was later renumbered 3100, and full production started in 1905 and the last one, No. 4179, was built by British Railways in 1949.

4141 coming into Ross
4141 coming into Ross from Gloucester
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4141 was built in Swindon in 1946 by the Great Western Railway and started its life being based at Cheltenham until 1950 when it was moved to Gloucester (Horton Road - 85B) were it remained until the end of its service in 1963. It was then sent to Woodham's scrapyard at Barry until January 1973 when it was moved to the Severn Valley Railway after being purchased by a Severn Valley Railway restoration group.

The locomotive was stored at Hampton Loade where it underwent restoration until it was sold to a private buyer and moved to West London for completion of restoration to a full main line standard. The owner loaned to Llangollen in December 1997 and it entered service there in March 19982. Since then it has become resident on the Great Central Railway and it is undergoing boiler repairs.


6137 with passenger train
6137 arriving in Ross with a passenger train from Hereford (Click for a larger image)
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]

6330 pulling the Gloucester to Hereford train
6330 pulling the Gloucester to Hereford train
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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A train in Ross Station
A train in Ross Station (possibly no. 1425 or 1445)
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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6341 leaving Ross with a passenger train towards Hereford
6341 leaving Ross with a passenger train towards Hereford (Click for a larger image)
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]

6821 heading to Ross from Gloucester with a passenger train
6821 heading to Ross from Gloucester with a passenger train (Click for a larger image)
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]

7335 heading from Ross with a passenger train
7335 heading from Ross with a passenger train (Click for a larger image)
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]


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1 Model Railway Constructor Magazine - November 1963
2 Great Central Railway Locomotives - 4141


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