19 minutes in.. the Inside Out team report on how the preserved railway started and includes some impressive vintage film
The Kidderminster Railway Museum people are celebrating their 25th Anniversary later this year – there will be lots of special events for us to enjoy, details of which will be posted by the end of March.
Their March opening hours:
1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th – 9.30am (Sundays 10.00am) to 6pm
20th, 21st, 22nd (Gala weekend) – 9.30am to 7pm each day
28th, 29th, 30th, 31st – 10.00am (Saturday 28th 9.30am) to 6pm
Once upon a time a station was built on an imposing site so that it was clearly visible from all around… Well we can’t do much about the building that has encroached since those early days in the late 1800s, but the ‘greenery’ that has cut us off visually is now being cut back (following granting of necessary conservation area permissions) – and look! We can see the Castle Walk from the station.
The new fence is making quite an impression. We aim to have it completed by spring gala, and with the enthusiasm of the team, and weather permitting, it should be achieved.
Steam locomotives were displayed at Bridgnorth station in 1967 ahead of the heritage line’s opening in 1970
The Severn Valley Railway, a 16-mile line between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth, was set by a group of steam enthusiasts in 1965.
A wooden plaque was displayed for 30 years in the Coopers Arms pub in Kidderminster where they first met.
Severn Valley said its fate after that is unknown.
Clare Gibbard, from the heritage line, called on the current owner to come forward and allow it to feature in a 50th anniversary exhibition opening next month.
The original line was built in the 1860s to link Hartlebury, near Droitwich, with Shrewsbury
During the late 19th and early 20th Centuries the line was important for transporting freight as well as passengers
- The line was originally built in the 1860s
- It follows the course of the River Severn from Kidderminster, Worcestershire, to Bridgnorth, Shropshire
- It closed to through passenger and freight services in 1963, as part of the Beeching cuts
- Steam enthusiasts first reopened a section of the line as a heritage attraction in 1970
- The railway, run largely by volunteers, now carries more than 200,000 passengers a year
- It has featured in many films including The Thirty Nine Steps (1978), Howards End (1992) and Sherlock Homes – A Game of Shadows (2011)
Now available in Bridgnorth Station Gift Shop
Steam next weekend, 28 Feb – 1 March:
AN1 2857 + 8/9
AS1 7812 + 8
IFE 43106 + 1
AN1 2857 + 7…
AS1 7812 + 7
AS3 43106 + 6