In 1928 4575 class small prairie No 5508 was derailed north of Bridgnorth Tunnel

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In 2004 GWR 7802 Bradley Manor featured on the 42p stamp and the poster advertising Royal Mail’s Classic Locomotives stamp issue


In 2008 LMS Stanier 8F 48773‘s last day in service before the end of her boiler ticket, running within Bridgnorth station limits during the 2007 Storm Damage

#OnThisDay 2 January


In 1860 a young man James Painting died from injuries received after he was run over by some railway waggons near Berrington during construction of the SVR

In 1875 the Kidderminster Times reported that construction of the loop line to Bewdley would begin as soon as the weather became favourable

In 1905 the first halt opened at Foley Park with a full service of two railmotors introduced on that section

In 2018 34053 Sir Keith Park ran her last SVR services before her move to Swanage the following week

#OnThisDay 1 January


In 1869 the Tenbury Railway was transferred into joint LNWR and GWR ownership

In 1948 following nationalisation, the Severn Valley branch of the Great Western Railway became part of British Railways Western Region

In 1963 control of the Severn Valley Branch passed from BR’s Western Region to their London Midland Region

In 1969 GWR 178 Autotrailer Third first arrived on the SVR

In 1977 Bridgnorth signal box suffered a fire – the resulting damage to the structure and equipment took several months to repair

In 1988 SE&CR Open Goods Wagon 12522 arrived on the SVR

In 2001 all SVR trains became non smoking


#OnThisDay 31 December


In 1835 a ‘Grand Connection Railway’ was advertised in the Worcester Journal, seeking capital of £800,000 and intended to run via Stourport, Kidderminster, Stourbridge and Dudley to Wolverhampton

In 1858 the Board of the Severn Valley Railway agreed to pay an additional £20,000 to build the railway to double track width

In 1968 future resident 42968 was withdrawn from service by  BR

In 1977 the frame of 3205 was lowered onto the wheels using the 30 ton steam crane

In 1988 the total number of passengers carried in a single year exceeded 200,000 for the first time




in 1973 the first of two days of “Santa Claus” specials ran between Bridgnorth and Hampton Loade, hauled by ‘Austerity’ 0-6-0ST WD 193. The weekend marked the SVR’s first Santa services

in 1976 BBC1 screened their adaptation of Charles Dickens’ ghost story ‘The Signalman‘, scenes for which were filmed on the SVR

in 2001 SR 34027 Taw Valley took the Christmas Chester Chuffer from Birmingham International to Chester


in 2001 following a successful appeal for lottery funding, the LNER Coach fund received permission to begin work on GNR 2701