The Nineteen-fifties

Background to Gloucester’s Railways 

Early Midland Days
Family influences
Docks & Wagon Works
Midland Steam in the Gloucester area
Schooldays at Tuffley Junction


Early Western Days
Two school trips
Gloucester Central activity
The ‘Great Western’ revisited
Early trips to Swindon Works

1955: The BR Modernisation Plan
The last steam locomotives
The Rise of the Diesel
Passenger rolling-stock
Network proposals


1958: Regional Boundary Changes
The Eastern invasion
Summer Saturday traffic


1959: Steam’s Indian Summer
Local closures
Summer of change
Rare visitors at Tuffley Junction


1960: Continued Change
Further rationalisation
Local observations