On 1st August 1861, Parliament agreed for a 24 ½ mile long railway track to be constructed within 5 years. The line would travel between Worcester and Leominster via Bromyard. At this time, Sir Charles Hastings was chairman of The Worcester Bromyard and Leominster Railway Company, and the company planned to raise £200,000 (£20 million pounds in today’s money!) by selling shares worth £10 each, as well as borrowing £65,000 if needed. £50,000 of these shares would be purchased by the West Midland Railway.
Construction Goes off the Rails
Problems first appeared three years later in 1864 when, despite spending over £20,000, the land had not all been purchased and contracts for actually constructing the railway had not even been arranged! In December 1866, the contractor declared themselves bankrupt, and work on constructing the line stopped. A new arrangement was set up, with the deadline for completing the line by January 1867. In June 1867 the line was still not complete, and only £67 was left in the bank account! The company then applied to have the construction of the line between Bromyard and Leominster abandoned, which was agreed by 1869. A new deadline of 28th June 1871 was agreed.