Bridgnorth railway station
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|Original company||Severn Valley Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|Post-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|Operated by||Severn Valley Railway|
|1 February 1862||Station opened|
|9 September 1963||Closed|
|23 May 1970||Reopened as preserved station|
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Bridgnorth railway station is a station on the Severn Valley Railway heritage line, serving the Shropshire town of Bridgnorth, England. It is currently the northern terminus of the SVR, home to the main engine shed and has a gift shop, station buffet and licensed refreshment room amongst other facilities.
Bridgnorth station was not the northern terminus when built, but the main intermediate station of the Severn Valley line being 18 1⁄4 miles from Hartlebury and 22 1⁄2 miles from Shrewsbury. Bridgnorth station was opened to the public on 1 February 1862, prompting great celebrations in the town. Originally under SVR Company ownership, it was passed to Great Western Railway (GWR), and eventually British Railways in 1948. It closed to passengers after 101 years on 9 September 1963, and to freight traffic on 30 November 1963. Although thought by some to have been closed as part of the Beeching axe its planned closure pre-dated his report.
The neo-Jacobean station is the only listed station on the Severn Valley Railway and is in process of restoration work by a team of dedicated volunteers.
The licensed refreshment room, these days known as The Railwaymans Arms, is situated on platform 1. It opened in 1861 and never closed, being extended twice by the SVR, and now needing further extension due to its unique character and deserved popularity.
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After only two years of closure preservationists had plans for Bridgnorth, resulting in the formation of the Severn Valley Railway Society. Vegetation was cleared, railway bric-a-brac was collected and the station buildings were refurbished. Although the original signal box was substantially demolished (only three sides of the bottom brick part and interlocking are original, the brick base was originally somewhat longer), Bridgnorth station was never damaged through this demolition activity. From then on preservation gained momentum until the present day. Bridgnorth became the engineering centre of the new SVR because of the need to repair the growing numbers of rolling stock items and locomotives after opening to the public when the first train steamed from Bridgnorth to Hampton Loade in May 1970.
The station is reached from High Town via a modern footbridge over a main road and a valley, the present bridge having opened in 1994. This replacement tubular steel bridge occupies the site of a lattice bridge closed and demolished several years previously. A section of the original footbridge adorns the centre island of one of the road traffic roundabouts.
A share issue has been launched in October 2012. It is intended that a significant part of those monies raised will go towards additions to and refurbishment of the station buildings. The design of the additions are already (October 2012) proving to be the subject of robust debate both on a number of Internet fora and within the Severn Valley Railway community.
The main locomotive works for the SVR are located at Bridgnorth. They are not normally open to the public because of health and safety regulations but conducted tours and open days are arranged from time to time. Major features of the locomotive works include the Boiler Shop, the machine shop equipped with a Noble and Lunn wheel lathe and ex-LT lifting jacks along with other equipment in the general fitting area.
Installation of a locomotive wheel drop that was recovered from Leicestershire was completed during 2010.
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|Preceding station||Heritage railways||Following station|
|Terminus||Severn Valley Railway||Hampton Loade|
Line and station closed
|Great Western Railway
Severn Valley Railway
Line open, station closed