Monday and Tuesday
Network Rail said the impact on train services would vary by region, but that journeys would take significantly longer. It said there was a high likelihood of cancellations, delays and last-minute alterations to services on Monday and Tuesday.
Long-distance train journeys, such as London to York, could take four hours instead of two, with trains forced to travel below 60mph for safety.
Do you know anyone who might be interested in some of these and/or some Western Region timetables from the 1960s and 70s? Free of charge - available for collection in Truro. Maybe drop a coin in the Bodmin and Wenford or Helston Railway collecting tin if the purchaser passes those railways in the future?
I thought you may appreciate a few photos.
Unit 166221 waits at Cam & Dursley with 2O74, the 08:42 Gloucester to Weymouth via Bristol Temple Meads. (14 July 2022)
Note the immaculate permanent way at Cam & Dursley, virtually to British Rail standard, and very different to some of the ‘Chelsea’ photos illustrated recently. (14 July 2022)
Nearly 5 hours after departing Penzance, 43088 & 43162 accelerate 1G77 away from Cam & Dursley, the 27th station stop and towards journeys end at Gloucester. I’m not sure how this service qualifies for express train, class ‘1’ category. (15 July 2022).
Cam and Dursley railway station is a railway station serving the village of Cam and the town of Dursley. It is located on the main Bristol to Birmingham line, between Yate and Gloucester, at a site close to where Coaley Junction railway station was situated from 1856 to 1962.
The new station. Following a campaign for the reopening of Coaley Junction, the new station called Cam and Dursley opened on 14 May 1994, about 420 yards (380 m) north of the original site, although full opening did not occur until 30 May 1994. The new station is unstaffed, and consists of two platforms, linked by a footbridge, a car park covered by CCTV and a bus stop with shelter. Passenger facilities consist of shelters with seats on both platforms and a ticket machine, with passenger help points installed in late 2010.
Passenger services are provided by GWR on a largely hourly basis on the Bristol to Gloucester route. It is the nearest station to the town of Wotton under Edge, which is seven miles away.
Cam and Dursley Train Station, runs to a GWR timetable that links in with services towards Gloucester or towards Bristol.
There is a rail user group for the station, Coaley Junction Action Committee (CoJAC), which, following the opening of the new station, continues as a group to press for improvements in the service.
The previous station
Coaley Junction station, with the Dursley branch train on the right, 1960 Coaley Junction station was originally the junction for the short Dursley and Midland Junction Railway branch to Cam and Dursley built in 1856 and later taken over by the Midland Railway. The station, also known as Dursley Junction, opened to goods on 2 August 1856 and to passengers on 18 September 1856. The station had two short platforms on the main line with a very short and sharply curved platform on the branch. Goods facilities were limited, but included a brick goods shed (still in situ) with a crane. The signal box stood at the end of the platform between the branch and mainline.
The branch closed to passenger traffic on 10 September 1962, although the mainline platforms remained open for passengers until 4 January 1965. The station closed to goods on 28 June 1968, although the branch remained as a long siding to R.A, Lister and Co works at Durley until 13 July 1970.