From STEAM Railway Forum Summer 1974
Severn Valley Railway, 1973
I’ve come across another couple of Railway Forums on my bookshelves.
On a damp summer day at Bridgnorth, former Longmoor Military Railway locomotive ‘Gordon’ prepares to leave for Hampton Loade as No.8233 rolls into the station. Photo: Paul Cotterell.
Signals at Green for Severn Valley Railway
The Severn Valley Railway has finally been given the signal to run its steam trains through Bewdley and the 12¾ miles of line from Bridgnorth was opened to passengers from the beginning of May.
Members of Severn Valley Railway (Holdings) Ltd were told this at their second annual meeting at the end of March after Mr. Anthony Crosland, the Environment Secretary, had signed the Light Railway Order.
This was necessary for the company to complete the purchase of the line and land.
Mr. Richard Dunn, deputy chairman of the holding company, said before the meeting that the line between Bridgnorth and Highley would be open to passengers for Easter weekend.
Last year there was a £24,000 loss incurred on running trains for passengers between Bridgnorth and Hampton Loade and it is hoped that with the new section of line, passenger journeys should increase by between 30 and 50 per cent. Mr. Dunn said this should help towards wiping out that loss.
Fare this year, single and return, between Bridgnorth and Bewdley will be 55p and £1 for adults and 45p and 75p for children. Mr. Dunn said the agreement for the purchase of the section of line to Bewdley augured well for the plans to run into Kidderminster. Discussions with British Rail are in progress about joint use of the freight line to Kidderminster from Bewdley.
Membership of the railway company now exceeds 4,500. In common with several other railways, the SVR ran a number of Christmas services on 22nd and 23rd and from 26th to 30th December. In connection with the proposed Bridgnorth bypass bridge the railway has launched an appeal for £100,000 to help finance its construction, which is the responsibility of the railway company. Initial response has been encouraging.
The figure of £100,000 was arrived at basing estimates on the total cost of construction in 1975, assuming 2% inflation per month for labour and materials.
New stock and locomotives continue to arrive and it is pleasant to record that Stanier Class 5 2-6-0 No.42968 has at last been successfully purchased and is to find its home on the railway.
‘The Great Marquess’ undergoing steaming trials at Bridgnorth on August Bank Holiday 1973. Alongside are pannier tank No.5764 and ‘The Lady Armaghdale’. Photo: Paul Cotter
8233 ambles down towards Bridgnorth with an afternoon train. Photo: Paul Cotterell