Today, the site straddles what was the shared line running north into Great Malvern, with a large wasteground to the east still in the possession of Network Rail. At first glance the site appears desolate, but it is possible to find a few remains from the old site, including a storage shed and the outline of the turntable, if you know where to look.
While perusing the rather excellent Britain From Above site, which features hundreds of pictures of the UK taken from an aeroplane during the 1930s, I came across this shot of Malvern Common which clearly shows the junction of the old Midland Railway from Ashchurch with the existing Great Western Line to Hereford. Clustered around the junction, we can see the engine shed and siding which sat opposite the Tewkesbury Junction signal box. Malvern Common itself is far balder than it is now, although little has changed at the Lees, Malvern College's houses overlooking the common.
|Great Malvern from the South-East, 1933.|
This is a really unique perspective of the line, and so far as I know, one of the very few images to show the junction between the GWR and MR lines at all. It is certainly a picture which this blogger will struggle to take an imitation shot of! Britain from Above also have a few other pictures of Malvern, with this 1947 view from over North Hill (shown in low resolution for licencing reasons) providing the opposite view of the first picture:
|Great Malvern, 1947. The old Midland Line is at the top on the middle-right and can be seen running into Tewkesbury Junction.|
|Tewkesbury Junction, 27th May 1937. Great Malvern to Ashchurch train with Johnson 2F 0-6-0 Locomotive No. 3078.|
Probably the most well-known picture of the GWR signal box at Tewkesbury Junction is this one, which has appeared in several publications over the years. The matching shot beneath was taken from the Network Rail wasteground site on St Andrew's Road. More pictures of this site can be found further down the page.
|Malvern and Tewkesbury Junction GWR signal box.|
|My matching shot from February 2016. Apart from the overgrowth and the colour of the gables on the College houses, not much has changed from this perspective.|
A similar perspective is shown here, with The Lees clearly visible in the background:
...while this snowy scene taken in May(!) 1964 shows a Ledbury-Worcester train running north into Great Malvern. Note the Southern Rail carriage, too.
The next few shots have been chosen because they show off the outbuildings at Tewkesbury Junction more than the actual trains themselves. Note the array of sheds and the building work being done to dismantle the site.
|'Stanier 3MT 40166 at Tewkesbury Junction with the 6.30pm Malvern to Ashchurch train'.|
|A freight train heading south. Note the dismantled turntable pit on the right.|
|Another good view of the sheds at the old junction site.|
|'Malvern and Tewkesbury Junction. Mid/GW looking south. MR. Cl. 1P 0-4-4T 58051 5.10p.m ex. Ashchurch', 26/07/52|
The 'Coal Yard' and Modern Photographs
|Close-up of a coal hopper.|
|The view south along the railway line.|
|The old coal yard at Tewkesbury Junction.|
|This is a great angle, showing the old junction sidings site before it became hidden.|
|Looking south across the wasteground. This is a good match for Martyn Goodacre's second picture (above).|
|The view today looking north.|
|This concrete wall is not original to the railway and was installed during the yard's use for storing coal.|
|The site is dotted with piles of rotting old railway sleepers...|
|... and piles of new ones ready to be laid down when needed!|
|Some old iron joints, dated 'BR-1963'. Even these are too new to have been used on the Malvern-Ashchurch branch - they belong to the Hereford line.|
|Some old chain links and other railway debris.|
|The old turntable at Tewkesbury Junction.|
|A closer view of the cracked top of what was once the turntable pit wall.|
The only part of the shed left standing is this single timber, which sticks out of the undergrowth at the northern end of the Junction site. I looked for other remains, but the jungle here is just too dense once the abandoned oil drums and beer cans are taken into consideration.
|The shed is obscured by a three-foot high dump consisting of old rubber tyres.|
Once I got right up to the shed, it was in surprisingly good condition. The original markings on the door were still there, and the door bolt itself was still intact (both below):
|The contents of Stores Shed 2: yet more tyres.|
|Nature to the rescue: the trees shielding the shed.|
The above picture (taken from the reverse view, facing south) shows the only hint that a building ever stood here - the black patches of earth reveal a small man-made piece of raised ground which may be the foundations of the signal box. Without GPS and an old Ordnance Survey map, there would be no reason to suspect that this was anything other than the edge of a common.
Here we see the tracks on the same level as what would have been the ground floor of the signal box. Not much to see here - the fenced-off site opposite is the site of the old Tewkesbury Junction, complete with engine shed, siding and points.
This mound sits just north of the old signal box and is clearly man-made, although whether it formed part of the original site or is just a result of nature reclaiming a pile of rubble left by demolition is unknown. There is nothing else left of the signal box - the workers dismantling the site clearly went to great pains to eradicate the building completely, a feature common to much of the route.