on this day… 16 February

1865, the GWR Traffic Committee sanctioned expenditure of £50 to relocate a spare crane from Stourport to Bridgnorth where it was ‘much required’.

1971, SVR formally agreed to buy the southern section of the line between Alveley Sidings and Foley Park for £74,000, subject to contract. This confirmed the provisional agreement reached with BR in August 1970.

Alveley Sidings, between Highley and Hampton Loade, opened on 30 January 1939 to serve Alveley Colliery, across the river. The Halt at the south (Highley) end of the sidings was used by miners travelling to the colliery by railway.

The sidings remained in use – accessed from Bewdley – for coal traffic after the closure of the Bewdley to Shrewsbury line in 1963, but became uneconomical to work. It closed in 1969, with the sidings and line north of Bewdley closing at the same time as no other source of traffic remained.

The area at the north (Hampton Loade) end of the sidings is usually referred to as Alveley Woods.

The Light Railway Order allowing passengers services between Hampton Loade and Bewdley was granted in May 1974, but the sidings were deemed unsuitable for the storage of SVR stock due to the remoteness of the location and the resultant risk of vandalism. They were eventually dismantled and much of the rail and point work reused elsewhere on the line. In 1996 Country Park Halt was opened on the site.

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1937, the 10 lever frame signal box at Burnt Mill Junction, originally ordered in 1894 between Shrewsbury and Berrington, was taken out of use by the GWR.

Berrington was the first station south of Shrewsbury, 4.25 miles away on the original Severn Valley line. On the opening of the line on 1 February 1862, it had a single platform and siding, with the station building on the east (Cross Houses) side of the line. On 14 June 1893 the GWR authorised the construction of a passing loop with a platform shelter. The Up platform was also extended, and a signal box and more significant sidings provided. In 1922 the station had a staff of 6.

On 2 February 1963 the goods yard was closed by BR. The station itself closed on 9 September, when passenger services between Bewdley and Shrewsbury were withdrawn by BR. Through freight services continued until 30 November.

The line through Berrington was maintained in working order for the move of boilers and other large equipment to Ironbridge power station on 22 April 1966, then the line south of Berrington was completely closed and the track lifted.

In common with all stations on the Severn Valley Railway, revenue from freight exceeded that from passenger services, and the fall in number of tickets sold between 1903 and 1938 was proportionately greater at Berrington than any other station on the branch.

Stations on the Severn Valley branch line between Bridgnorth and Shrewsbury were Linley, Coalport, Jackfield Halt, Ironbridge, Buildwas, Cressage, Cound Halt, Berrington.