Cheltenham and Great Western Union Railway (Great Western Railway)

Introduction

This line runs from Swindon through Kemble to Gloucester and Cheltenham. A branch ran to Cirencester. Portions are closed with the directly parallel Midland Railway sections remaining open.






Dates

31/05/1841Cheltenham and Great Western Union Railway (Great Western Railway)
Swindon to Kemble to Cirencester opened. Stations on this section at: Purton, Minety and Ashton Keynes, Oaksey Halt, Kemble and Cirencester Town.
12/05/1845Cheltenham and Great Western Union Railway (Great Western Railway)
Kemble Junction to Gloucester (Standish Junction) opened. Stations on this section at: Chalford, St Marys Crossing Halt, Brimscombe, Brimscombe Bridge Halt, Ham Mill Crossing Halt, Bowbridge Crossing Halt, Stroud, Downfield Crossing Halt, Caches Green Halt, Ebley Crossing Halt, Stonehouse and Gloucester. Standish Junction to Gloucester was owned by the Midland Railway.
23/10/1847Cheltenham and Great Western Union Railway (Great Western Railway)
Broad Gauge line from Gloucester, Tramway Junction, to Cheltenham, Lansdown Junction, opened. Stations on this section at: Churchdown and Cheltenham. Gloucester to Cheltenham owned by the Birmingham and Gloucester Railway later owned by the Midland Railway.
23/10/1847Cheltenham and Great Western Union Railway (Great Western Railway)
Cheltenham, Lansdown Junction, to Cheltenham St James station opened.
23/10/1847Cheltenham and Great Western Union Railway (Great Western Railway)
Gloucester Avoiding Line (Millstream Junction to Barnwood Junction) opened.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Swindon to Standish Junction

Swindon had the pleasure of Tornado passing through enroute to Cardiff. Paddington-Reading-Swindon-Chippenham-Filton-Severn Tunnel-Cardiff. Passing ...
Peter Todd 01/03/2017
HST 43190 poised to head east. ...
Peter Todd 04/12/2015
Rebuilt Merchant Navy 35028 'Clan Line' taking water in Swindon station on 10th March 1999.
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Peter Todd 10/03/1999
A short trip to London on 22nd March 2019 had an eventful return journey. The 1345hrs from Paddington was cancelled at Swindon due to an ill passenger ...
Alastair McLellan 22/03/2019

Due to work in the Severn Tunnel during 2018 a lot of traffic is currently heading into Wales via the Swindon to Gloucester line and then down to ...
Peter Todd 05/07/2018
Britain's longest train journey, the 0628hrs Penzance to Aberdeen, is even longer whilst the Temple Meads to Parkway blockade is on and Cross Country ...
Peter Todd 14/11/2018
Taken on the south side of Purton on the GWR Gloucester to Swindon line, a northbound HST 125, 43186 heading for Cheltenham Spa. See them whilst you ...
Peter Todd 25/08/2018
I was made aware of the fact, that due to work in the Severn Tunnel, a lot of traffic is heading into Wales via the Swindon to Gloucester line and ...
Peter Todd 05/07/2018




Another shot see image 47092 of the Cirencester branch approaching Kemble in July 2018. Not the easiest old trackbed to access, but pleasant once ...
Ken Strachan 31/07/2018
Kemble, showing the attractive garden and the glazed window. ...
Alan Cormack 29/08/2017
The gate to the Cirencester platform is nicely painted. It looks like you could just open it and catch a train; but this is sadly not the case.
See ...
Ken Strachan 31/07/2018
Kemble railway station on the 30th of August 2016. The corridor is 90 degrees from the platform, to the right of the glazing is a beautiful garden. ...
Alan Cormack 30/08/2016









A westbound class 50-hauled train calls at Stroud in 1984.
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Bill Roberton //1984
The former goods shed at Stroud in 1984.
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Bill Roberton //1984





Northern 142045 heads south at Standish Jct with fellow classmate 142030 in tow on a 5J02 Lancaster to Newton Heath movement. Earlier there had been a ...
John McIntyre 20/10/2018
Freightliner 90041 & 90046 approach Standish Jct while working the 4S44 Daventry to Coatbridge intermodal service on 20 October 2018. The train was ...
John McIntyre 20/10/2018
A southbound Pendolino has just passed the site of Standish Junction (Lancashire) as it heads towards Wigan on 3 October. The bridge under the front ...
John McIntyre 03/10/2013
Immediately south of Standish station was Standish Junction, where the Whelley Loop left the WCML and ran to the east of Wigan. In this picture ...
John McIntyre 15/01/2012




Standish Junction to Gloucester

Northern 142045 heads south at Standish Jct with fellow classmate 142030 in tow on a 5J02 Lancaster to Newton Heath movement. Earlier there had been a ...
John McIntyre 20/10/2018
Freightliner 90041 & 90046 approach Standish Jct while working the 4S44 Daventry to Coatbridge intermodal service on 20 October 2018. The train was ...
John McIntyre 20/10/2018
A southbound Pendolino has just passed the site of Standish Junction (Lancashire) as it heads towards Wigan on 3 October. The bridge under the front ...
John McIntyre 03/10/2013
Immediately south of Standish station was Standish Junction, where the Whelley Loop left the WCML and ran to the east of Wigan. In this picture ...
John McIntyre 15/01/2012




66207 arrives at Gloucester with a railtour from Stevenage. The tour was visiting branch lines in the area inluding Sharpness and Tytherington. ...
Michael Gibb 02/07/2011
Bulleid Battle of Britain Pacific no 34067 Tangmere waits to depart from Gloucester for Cardiff on 21 April 2013 - day 2 of the Great ...
Michael Gibb 21/04/2013
Just South of the T-junction at the East end of the station, that increasingly rare feature - an advertisement on a bridge girder. How handy it would ...
Ken Strachan 31/03/2013
Perchance to dream... The red plastic barrier just visible on the left blocks access to the platform where the Sprinter is stabled between duties. In ...
Ken Strachan 29/12/2013




Cirencester Branch

Another shot see image 47092 of the Cirencester branch approaching Kemble in July 2018. Not the easiest old trackbed to access, but pleasant once ...
Ken Strachan 31/07/2018
Kemble, showing the attractive garden and the glazed window. ...
Alan Cormack 29/08/2017
The gate to the Cirencester platform is nicely painted. It looks like you could just open it and catch a train; but this is sadly not the case.
See ...
Ken Strachan 31/07/2018
Kemble railway station on the 30th of August 2016. The corridor is 90 degrees from the platform, to the right of the glazing is a beautiful garden. ...
Alan Cormack 30/08/2016



The 1956 extension to the left is not nearly as classy as the original 1841 building. This is probably not why the branch closed just eight years ...
Ken Strachan 16/08/2015
This station was the terminus of the branch from Kemble, now abbreviated to an engineer's siding see image 32102. It is cunningly concealed in the ...
Ken Strachan 16/08/2015




Gloucester T station and bypass







Gloucester to Cheltenham

66207 arrives at Gloucester with a railtour from Stevenage. The tour was visiting branch lines in the area inluding Sharpness and Tytherington. ...
Michael Gibb 02/07/2011
Bulleid Battle of Britain Pacific no 34067 Tangmere waits to depart from Gloucester for Cardiff on 21 April 2013 - day 2 of the Great ...
Michael Gibb 21/04/2013
Just South of the T-junction at the East end of the station, that increasingly rare feature - an advertisement on a bridge girder. How handy it would ...
Ken Strachan 31/03/2013
Perchance to dream... The red plastic barrier just visible on the left blocks access to the platform where the Sprinter is stabled between duties. In ...
Ken Strachan 29/12/2013