A day out on the railway
Newport and Gloucester
© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2014
Arriva Train Wales offer trips out for
those of a certain age - “Club 55” -
providing a return ticket to
destinations on their network for
£23 (or, a real bargain this one, £22
with a railcard...). If one possesses
a railcard, the trip needs to be a reasonably
long one to make it worthwhile. We settled
on Gloucester, via Newport.
I joined my friends at Church Stretton for the pleasant
run down the Marches to Newport. If we were on time,
we’d arrive a minute after a Gloucester train left. We
didn’t - we were perhaps 7 minutes late - so we would
have almost an hour to wait at Newport. There’s a new
and modernistic station entrance and footbridge at the
west end, which may not suit the traditionalists, but is
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clean, bright and spacious.
I’d never travelled on the line from
Severn Tunnel Junction to Gloucester
- it’s a most attractive stretch of
railway, running as it does beside the
Severn estuary for part of its length.
We noted the lock gates at Sharpness - later,
after lunch, we’d spend a little time at the
other end of the canal, around Gloucester’s docks, now in
a gentrified state following redevelopment.
Back in Newport, we boarded a northbound train - just
two coaches, and passengers standing the length of the
aisle. It wouldn’t be stopping between Hereford and
Shrewsbury, so I’d have to change at Hereford. A quiet
half-hour on the station platform there, in the gathering
dusk, came as welcome relief...