#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In 1968 future resident 42968 was withdrawn from service by  BR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 

On the bench


The Wailing Wall Saturday session saw four of the team on site. In the tent, the latest refurbished bench had the finishing touches added to it, it will be placed back in service at the north end of Plat 2 on Tuesday, provided there is sufficient manpower to man the dollies.

In the hut, all of the bench frames have now had at least one coat of Buildings Chocolate Brown or County Cream applied as appropriate. A second coat of County Cream will be required, before the edges are cut in with the brown.

The damaged station lamp was removed from its bracket on the front of the main station entrance ready for repair.


Tumbled towers


The former power station at Ironbridge has seen its cooling towers demolished today in a series of controlled explosions. Hundreds gathered to see the four towers be blown up at 11:00 GMT. When it opened in 1969, the power station was one of the largest of its kind in the UK, producing enough electricity for the equivalent of about 750,000 homes.
It stopped producing in 2015.

In slow motion

The cooling towers will come crashing down in a few minutes, but it took six years to get it up and running, after construction started in 1963.
Parliamentary approval for the coal-fired power station had been granted the previous year and it was designed to be hidden from sight, as far as possible, within the Ironbridge Gorge.

An older power station, which opened in 1932, already existed on the site and it was eventually decommissioned in the 1980s.
The newer power station, which converted to burning woodchips in 2012, stopped producing electricity in November 2015 and was sold by Uniper to Harworth Group in June 2018.

The cooling towers are the most visible part of Ironbridge power station, but they were just part of the overall site. The building with the tall chimney was the turbine hall and Harworth Group said the site also included a social club with sports pitches, timber pavilion and golf course, previously excavated pits, and waste tips containing ash from the power station. The company said the demolition work was expected to continue into 2021 and the removal of the fuel ash won’t start until March and will take two years to complete.