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Ross-on-Wye

The Railway in Ross-on-Wye


In Ross there are various remnants of the railway around the town and these are a few details about some of the most prominent ones.

The Goods Shed

The Goods Shed is still standing. It is currently disused (12/8/05) and has been for a while. It was originally restored in the mid-1990's. This involved the painting of a mural, as shown above, illustrating steam engines passing through towards Five Ways, the junction of Brookend Street, Brampton Street, Overross Street, Millpond Street and Greytree Road. This would have been on the old Hereford to Gloucester line.

Goods Shed Ross-on-Wye
The Goods Shed
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Goods Shed Ross-on-Wye
The mural on the shed
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Goods Shed Ross-on-Wye
The plaque commemorating the goods shed

The Engine Shed

The Engine Shed is currently disused (12/8/05) since Baileys recently moved out to a new premises.

The shed was built in around 1855 and the arch on the western end of the building has been partially filled in when the railway changed over from broad to standard gauge rail in around 1870. In front of the engine shed was the turntable. The engine shed was finally closed in October 1963.

Engine Shed Ross-on-Wye
The Engine Shed
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Engine Shed Ross-on-Wye
The arch on the end of the shed
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Engine Shed Ross-on-Wye
The side of the shed
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Baileys

By September 1985, Mark and Sally Bailey had purchased and restored the shed to use it as the base for their architectural antiques business before they moved to Whitecross Farm, Bridstow, in around August 2005.

The Station

The site of the station was redeveloped in 1977 by South Herefordshire District Council and turned into the Ashburton industrial estate.

The back of the station in Ross was bordered by Scots Pine trees, eight of which still remain towering over the Ashburton Industrial Estate, and a lane that now runs from the Ashburton end of Station Approach to North Road. These can be seen in these photos along with the spearhead fencing that borders both sides of the lane.

The Station Ross-on-Wye (22-3-06)
The road at the back of the station that leads up to North Road
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The Station Ross-on-Wye (22-3-06)
Some of the trees at the back of the station
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The Station Ross-on-Wye (22-3-06)
The trees from the town end of Station Approach
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The station itself has been replaced by the Ashburton Industrial Estate which was opened on the 16th March 1979 by Lord Northfield who was the Chairman of H.M. Development Commission.


Lord Northfield
Lord Northfield opening the Ashburton Industrial Estate
[thanks to Richard Mayo]
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The Signal Boxes

Ross Signal Box Plate
The Signal Box plate
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Nothing remains of the North or South signal boxes where they were sited at the station. Outside of Ross, in the Kidderminster Railway Museum is one of the signal box plates.


Bus Depot

The station in Ross had a bus depot nearby and this site is now Brunel Workshops.

Engine Shed Ross-on-Wye
The site of the Bus Depot
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Five Ways

At Five Ways there were twin bridges over Ledbury Road and Brampton Road and only the piers remain.

These were restored in 1995 as part of the Fiveways Enhancement which was jointly funded by South Herefordshire District Council, Hereford and Worcester County Council and The Rural Development Commission. This has created a pleasant themed area dedicated to the memory of the railway with information and displays about the railways in the area.

Fiveways Railway Bridge Ross-on-Wye
Bridge piers at Fiveways, Ross-on-Wye, looking through the garden
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Bridge piers at Fiveways, Ross-on-Wye
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Fiveways Railway Bridge Ross-on-Wye
The central bridge piers looking back across Brampton Road towards Ledbury Road
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Fiveways Railway Bridge
Remains of the bridge pier looking across Brampton Road
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Fiveways Bull-head Rail
A sample of bull-head rail at the Fiveways Enhancement
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Barlow rail
A sample of Barlow rail at the Fiveways Enhancement
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The two photos below show the Over-Ross Street and Brampton Street rail bridges prior to removal, both of which were both plate girder bridges.

Brampton Street rail bridge
The Brampton Street Rail Bridge
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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Over Ross Street rail bridge
The Over-Ross Street rail bridge
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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Coal Yards

There were three coal yards with weigh-bridges in Ross, but only evidence of two of them remain. The remaining ones are outside Ross Re-cycling (which used to be Real Fire Heating and prior to that it was Phoenix Coal) and the second is outside the council Household Waste Site (this used to be the South Herefordshire Fuels yard and before that it was Webb,Hall and Webb) both in Station Street. The third one was at the site of LLewellyns coal merchants and that was located somewhere near the entrance to Morrisons, opposite to Smallbrook road but all evidence has been completely removed. These are likely to have supplied the railway.


Coal yard Ross-on-Wye
The weigh bed outside Ross Re-cycling
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The weigh bed has been removed (and filled in with tarmac) from the one outside Ross Re-cycling but the gauge [image] remains in the small building behind it.


Coal yard Ross-on-Wye
The weigh bed outside Ross Re-cycling
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Only the bed remain of the one outside of the Skip yard, the rest of the equipment has been removed during re-development of the area.

The weigh bed outside the council skip yard
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Phoenix Coal Ross-on-Wye
A full page advert for Phoenix Coal taken from a pre 1964 Souvenir Guide
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Web Hall Web Ross-on-Wye
A quarter page advert for Web, Hall and Web taken from a pre 1964 Souvenir Guide
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