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Society Coach Trip to the Severn Valley Railway

by Andrew Macfarlane

A total of 37 passengers boarded our Selwyns coach to Bridgnorth on Saturday 17th June. The trip was blessed with fine weather (if anything it was perhaps a little bit too hot). We made our way to the Severn Valley Railway via the A49, our only slight mistake being to turn right approaching Bridgnorth station slightly too early and ending up round the back of the station by the engine shed!

Luckily passengers were able to cross the line on the level to reach our train, the 10.50 from Bridgnorth headed by rebuilt “Battle of Britain” class no. 34053 Sir Keith Park. We saw the work going on to improve facilities for passengers at Bridgnorth with the foundations visible for new buildings to the south of the original station building on the main southbound platform.

Some passengers alighted at Highley to visit the Engine House (admission was included in the fare) while others continued on to Bewdley or Kidderminster. There is now quite a collection of preserved diesels at Kidderminster, in particular class 50s.

The group I was with chose to have a quick bite in the pub at Kidderminster before we caught a train of LNER stock hauled by diesel D1062 Western Courier to Bewdley. Members of the Western Locomotive Association were going down the train collecting donations in a bucket.

After exploring the lovely riverside town of Bewdley we caught a train hauled by Great Western 0-6-0 pannier tank 7714 to Arley and then the last train back to Bridgnorth. We returned home via the A49 with a short stop en route to open the roof vent in the coach! The trip made a small profit for the Society.

Bewdley Station
Bewdley Station SVR (165.1KB)
Picture from the AERPS archive, probably taken in 2007.

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