Sunday, 23 November 2014

Severn Valley Railway

Yesterday's day out consisted of a trip on the Severn Valley Railway, a preserved tourist railway, on the line which once connected Kidderminster with Shrewsbury.  Now only the section between Bridgnorth and Kidderminster is useable, but there are bus connections from Shrewsbury to Bridgnorth, and Kidderminster connects with the main train line.

Small, on the footbridge connecting the two sides of Bridgnorth.

Signage outside the station.

One of the signs for the Railwaymans' Arms pub

The sign on the platform side of the pub.

Railway signage.

We got off to a good start.  The train left Bridgnorth on time, but then ran into a few problems.  For some reason - perhaps due to the sheer number of carriages the engine was trying to pull - the train kept getting stuck at a particular point on the line.  It reversed several times, gave a good run at it, only to come to a grinding halt once more.

 Trying to get up the incline.

We eventually made it to Highley station, where we got off to go and look at the Engine House discovery centre.

Looking back towards Bridgnorth as we crossed the tracks to get to the Engine House.  There is a footbridge, but as Small is terrified of steps, we followed the pushchairs across the boardwalk.

Highley signal box.  The signalman had a good fire going in the signal box if the amount of smoke coming out of the chimney was anything to go by.

The steam song

Hagley station lies within the Severn Valley Country Park, and there are lots of walks to choose from.  Cycle route 45 also follows part of the line, providing a beautiful off-road route along the course of the River Severn.

More station signage

Looking down the line towards Kidderminster.

Lovely old fashioned signal, currently in the up position.  A few minutes later it changed to the down position, indicating the imminent arrival of the train from Kidderminster.

Down it goes

Here comes the train from Kidderminster

This is "Gordon" LMR 600, one of the exhibits inside the Engine House, named for General Gordon of Khartoum and the last steam engine to be owned by the British Army.  It does bear a striking resemblance to its namesake from the Rev. Awdry's "Thomas" stories, and is apparently awaiting an overhaul - perhaps with a view of getting it back in steam one day.

That's all for tonight folks.  Back tomorrow with more.

Until next time. x

1 comment:

  1. The Santa Steam specials are a good day out - we've done them a number of times with our children and grandchildren and would thoroughly recommend them - glad you had a nice day out xx


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