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Ross-on-Wye

The Ross to Monmouth line

The Line

The Ross to Monmouth line ran from Ross though Walford, Kerne Bridge, Lydbrook and Symonds Yat to Monmouth.

This is a photo of the under-bridge at Hildersley where the A40 passed over the Ross to Monmouth line.

The A40 crossing the Ross Monmouth Line
The A40 crossing the Ross Monmouth Line
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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Part of the line between Ross and Monmouth has been preserved as a walk and cycle way. Here we see the remains of the route as it passes by the rifle range, Ross.

Ross Monmouth Line
The view south (towards Monmouth) along
the site of the Ross to Monmouth Line
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Ross Monmouth Line
The view north (towards Ross) along
the site of the Ross to Monmouth Line
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Tudorville

The Ross to Monmouth Line (21-1-07)
The Cutting towards Tudorville
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Just before the line ran west of Tudorville, it ran through a cutting. This is part of the cutting, that has been partially filled in, just before the line passed under the Ross to Walford road. This is where the "Town and Country Trail" separates from the route of the railway line.

After crossing the Ross to Walford Road, it then the line is then followed by the "Betzdorf Walk", Betzdorf is one of the towns Ross is twinned with. The fences bordering the line are still visible along this stretch (see the two photos below).


The Monmouth Line (21-1-07)
The Betzdorf Walk
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The Ross to Monmouth Line (21-1-07)
The Betzdorf Walk
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Line at Tudorville (21-1-07)
The line along side Tudorville
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The line at Tudorville (21-1-07)
The line along side Tudorville
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The path (as seen in the two photos above) becomes much rougher once it starts to pass behind the new Lovell housing estate at Tudorville.

The line was bridged here (photo to the right) which was a farm or field access and the embankment was added to replace the bridge once the line closed. The access road is now closed off because the new estate blocks it. The stone bridge has been repaired up using red brick at some point in its history (as seen the photos below).

The bridge at Tudorville (21-1-07)
The bridge at Tudorville
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The bridge in more detail (Click for a larger image)

The line through Tudorville (21-1-07)
The line
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After the embankment the line becomes completely impassible where the drains and culverts alongside the line have become blocked (photos left and below). Then there is another embankment blocking the line to allow access to a farm.


Tudorville Bridge (21-1-07)
The bridge in more detail
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The Tudorville bridge (21-1-07)
The bridge in more detail
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The line then passes on to Walford and Kerne Bridge among other places, and finally ends up in Monmouth. At this point the line is used as a private access route to farm buildings.

The line to Walford (21-1-07)
The line on to Walford (Click for a larger image)

Coppet Hill Tunnel

The north end of Coppet Tunnel (03-01-2011)
The north end of Coppet Tunnel
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The tunnel under Coppet Hill is 630 yards long and runs from Kerne Bridge to Lydbrook and was in use between 1873-1965. Along its length it has a righthand bend when going from the north to south.


Inside Coppet Tunnel seen from the north end (03-01-2011)
Inside Coppet Tunnel seen from the north end
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The roof of Coppet Tunnel (03-01-2011)
The roof of Coppet Tunnel
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The majority of the tunnel walls are stone faced with a brick cap which forms the roof. The tunnel is mostly dry and clear except at the southern end where there is significant amounts of water coming in through the roof and large pools have formed on the floor of the tunnel.

Inside Coppet Tunnel seen from the south end (03-01-2011)
Inside Coppet Tunnel seen from the south end
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Welsh Bicknor Pill Box

The north side of the Welsh Bicknor pill box (03-01-2011)
The north side of the Welsh Bicknor pill box
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The south side of the Welsh Bicknor pill box (03-01-2011)
The south side of the Welsh Bicknor pill box
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The view south out of the Welsh Bicknor pill box (03-01-2011)
The view south out of the Welsh Bicknor pill box
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To the north of the Welsh Bicknor Bridge is a pill box built as part of the WWII defences of the area. The bridges over the Wye were of strategic importance and so defences were put in place in case there was a successful invasion.


Welsh Bicknor Rail Bridge

The bridge over the River Wye at Welsh Bicknor is of a similar design to the one that was at Kerne Bridge and the one that is still at Redbrook.

On the west side is a walkway that now forms part of the Wye Valley Walk whilst to the right is the track bed of the Ross to Monmouth Railway.

The view east off the Welsh Bicknor Bridge (03-01-2011)
The view east off the Welsh Bicknor Bridge
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The view west off the Welsh Bicknor Bridge (03-01-2011)
The view west off the Welsh Bicknor Bridge
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Track bed on Welsh Bicknor Bridge (03-01-2011)
Track bed on Welsh Bicknor Bridge
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Welsh Bicknor rail Bridge (03-01-2011)
Welsh Bicknor rail Bridge
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The west side of the Welsh Bicknor Bridge (03-01-2011)
The west side of the Welsh Bicknor Bridge
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The east side of the Welsh Bicknor Bridge (03-01-2011)
The east side of the Welsh Bicknor Bridge
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1 Track Layout Diagrams of the G.W.R and BR W.R. Section 36 Ross, Monmouth and Chepstow - R. A. Cooke
2 The Ross and Monmouth Railway Act, 1871 - printed in London by George Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoode
3 Wye Valley Railway - BM Handley/R Dingwall - Oakwood Press
4 Wikipedia - List of broad gauge (7 feet) railway locomotive names
5 sungreen.co.uk - Old Photos of Lydbrook & District
6 Urban 75 - Monmouth Troy railway station, 1985
7 Ross Gazette - Article: In Memoriam August 31st, 1835


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