BEWDLEY TO KIDDERMINSTER

A Trip on the Severn Valley Railway

Grid Ref: SO 792 753 (Bewdley Station) & SO 837 762 (Kidderminster Station)
Date: 20 April 2013

 

The Severn Valley Railway runs 16 miles from Bridgnorth in Shropshire to Kidderminster in Worcestershire. The original line was built between 1858 and 1862 and ran 40 miles from Hartlebury near Droitwich to Shrewsbury. Among the stations were Stourport-on-Severn, Bewdley, Bridgnorth, Ironbridge and Buildwas. In the 1870s the line became part of the Great Western Railway and it 1878 it was extended from Bewdley to Kidderminster. In 1963, the line was closed to through passenger and freight services and the track north of Bridgnorth was dismantled. The line had been scheduled to close before the famous Beeching Report of 1962. A passenger service continued from Bewdley to Kidderminster until 1970. The section from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster is now run as a tourist attraction. Service began in 1970 from Bridgnorth to Hampton Loade and extended to Bewdley in 1974 and to Kidderminster in 1984. The day that I travelled happened also to be a special day for members of the Severn Valley Railway who talked enthusiastically and in great detail about all aspects of steam engines and railway memorabilia.

Bewdley
View of Bewdley river frontage
Bewdley
The Severn at Bewdley
Bewdley
Properties overlooking the river at Bewdley

 

Signal Box spacer Milk Churns
Signal Box   Milk Churns
Engine   Lamp
Engine 1450 at Bewdley   Brass lamp
Ticket Office   Urinal
Ticket office at Bewdley   Platform with cast iron urinal

 

Engine at Kidderminster
Engine 1450 at Kidderminster
Rolling Stock
Historic Carriage at Kidderminster

 

Station spacer Station Scene
Sale of railway memorabilia   Kidderminster Station
coffee pots   Luggage
Those were the days - coffee from a pot!   Luggage display at Kidderminster Station
Sources

Wikipedia article on Severn Valley Railway
Severn Valley Railway Official Site

 

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