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Narroways Hill got it's name from the nearby Narroways Road which used to be nothing more than a small footpath between St Werburghs Church and Mina Road. For many years the lane was known as Cut-Throat Lane after a particularly gruesome murder that took place there.
The 1220 Furzebrook-Hallen Marsh LPG train passes the junction in 1996. © Chris Hopkins
The view south from Narroways Hill. In the far distance the line curves and enters Stapleton Road station. The scrapyard at the right of the railway is alongside the M32 motorway and was once rail served and even had it's own 03 shunter. It's built on the site of Stapleton Road goods yard. The line curving away on the right is The Severn Beach Line.
The cutting has long been filled in. The line of houses on the right give away the direction the line went in, and in the middle of the photo is a lampost with a blue sign attached. That's where the railway crossed Glenfrome Road. This is the same view as in Ian Tiley's photo at the top of the page.
Junction Renewal Work 5th-7th May 2007
A site visit by Jules captured track panels being removed. © Julien Weston
These were taken to a spot to the north of the work area. © Julien Weston
A general view of work in progress. The junction had disappeared from the Down line and a temporary line put in its place to allow works trains to remove the junction, track and spoil on the Up line. The new junction can be seen ready assembled on the left. © Julien Weston
A view of the work site from the bridge over the Severn Beach branchline. © Julien Weston
Later that day, and the Up main was in the process of being removed. The junction had been cut up and taken away, and an army of diggers were removing the old ballast. © Ian Skinner
A similar view of the work, this time taken from the footbridge across the Severn Beach line. © Ian Skinner
Two track machines carried more redundant pieces of track away. © Ian Skinner
7.30 Sunday morning and the new point for the Severn Beach line was in place. © Julien Weston
By 8.30pm all the new trackwork was in place. The crossover had been moved 60 yards to the south of its previous location. (possibly to move it away from Glenfrome Road Bridge?) © Julien Weston
The train was being loaded with all the material that was dumped to the north of the main work area. © Julien Weston
The catch point on the Severn Beach was having its motor attended to. The yellow signs seem to suggest that the line speed through the junction had now been increased. © Julien Weston
An army of men were hard at work getting everything ready before the engineers gave possession of the line back to the signallers. © Julien Weston
Piles of steel sleepers await installation on the Severn Beach branch.
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