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Godfrey Davies: The Last Train from Peterchurch

Railway services on the Golden Valley line in Herefordshire slip into history.

Amateur film 1953 5 mins Silent

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The final train ran on the Golden Valley line along the Dore valley in Herefordshire on 30 January, 1953. By then the line ran from Pontrilas to Dorestone but a few years earlier it had continued to Hay-on-Wye. Here we see passengers crowding into some of the final services as well as the actual last train, a far more subdued affair with officials and two guard's vans making up the train. The station master at Peterchurch locking his office for the final time is a poignant moment.