SVR Bridgnorth Station

The spiritual home of Severn Valley Railway

  • An amazing place

    Bridgnorth is an amazing place, and our station even more so. We’re ‘halfway’ between high town and low town, deliberately sited to make an impression in 1862 when we first opened. You’ve got to walk uphill to the high town shops and attractions, and downhill to the riverside – and of course the reverse on… Continue reading

  • Gala

    Sir Nigel Gresley taking water, with admirers Day 1 of our 4-day Spring Steam Gala Continue reading

  • 39 Steps

    21 March 1978, filming of a scene for The 39 Steps involved No 46443 dressed as Midland Railway 644 making an emergency stop on Victoria Bridge. The Rank Organisation film featured Robert Powell as Richard Hannay, Karen Dotrice as Alex and John Mills as Colonel Scudder. The railway sequence was set in early 1914 and… Continue reading

  • Looking back, part 1

    On the spring equinox, we’re looking back. May 1970 saw public steam trains running from Bridgnorth to Hampton Loade. 1971 was the first full year of SVR operation. 1972 saw the new holding company floated so that shares could be sold to fund the purchase of the southern section of the line. The season began… Continue reading

  • Two weeks

    After the longest scheduled winter closure, it’s now two weeks until Open House weekend starts the 2022 season. We hope to get lots of visitors, and a warm welcome awaits them. We’ll also be encouraging interest in volunteering. Continue reading

  • Average mileages

    18 March 1953, in a paper read at the Institution of Locomotive Engineers based on figures gathered through 1952, Mr R C Bond, BR Chief Locomotive Construction & Maintenance Officer, listed the average mileages run between general overhauls of pre-nationalisation classes. The Stanier Black Fives with manganese steel axlebox liners topped the list at 97,291… Continue reading

  • Tunnel

    On 17 March 1911 the GWR Board approved the Engineering Committee’s proposal to reline Bridgnorth Tunnel Continue reading

  • 7325

    On 16 March 2008 Collett Mogul 7325 was propelled into the newly-built Engine House as its first resident. The opportunity to create such a building arose when the old Highley Colliery sidings and landsale yard went up for auction in 2001 and SVRH secured the land for £35,000. It was originally conceived as a simple… Continue reading

  • SVRH

    Severn Valley Railway (Holdings) Ltd was incorporated on 15 March 1972 to finance the purchase of the southern section of the line through the public share issue and to be responsible for overall policy decisions affecting the whole railway. It was then re-registered as a public limited company on 15 March 1982 as company law… Continue reading

  • Steam on the main line

    On 14 March 1981 the first public main line excursion from Bridgnorth – the 11 coach Severn Valley Crusader ran to Paddington, hauled to Bewdley by 7819 and 46521; two class 25s then took over 4930 took the Welsh Marches Express between Hereford and Newport then in 1983, BR 16267 Composite Corridor, arrived on SVR… Continue reading

About US

Originally opened in 1862 Bridgnorth was the principal intermediate station and crossing point between Hartlebury and Shrewsbury. After its last BR passenger service in September 1963 it was saved by preservationists and reopened to Hampton Loade in 1970. We have the only listed building on the Severn Valley Railway, grade II first listed in 1974, and many other unique features which we’ll tell you about here.