Bridgnorth Loco Works
The Loco Works is normally closed to the public, although the Loco Shed and Machine Shop may be open for viewing during Gala events such as the Open House Weekend.
Construction of the loco shed began in March 1976 using parts of the former Portskewett Shed acquired for that purpose, with the pits being dug the following November and the building completed in April 1977. The former Heaton Mersey shed was added in 1978 to the rear of the ex-Portskewett Shed, adjacent to the Goods Shed. That summer also saw an upgrade to the loco shed, including the installation of roller shutter doors, side windows to improve lighting, and an enclosed paint shop.
The loco shed includes a wheel drop which was formerly located at the Leicester Midland MPDMotive Power Depot (shed 15C). This was purchased and installed following an appeal for funds launched in summer 2009. Installation involved digging a hole 6m deep, relocating a mains water pipe and pouring 200m3 of concrete. The wheel drop won the National Railway Heritage Awards FirstGroup Skills Award in 2010.
The newly-installed wheel drop was used 'in anger' for the first time on 29 July 2010, when the trailing driving wheel set was removed from Stanier mogul 42968 to attend to loose axle boxes. This series of photos shows the wheel drop in use to remove a tender wheelset from GWR 7802 Bradley Manor
The Loco Works’ machine shop is located in the former Bridgnorth Goods Shed adjacent to the loco shed.
The machine shop includes a Noble and Lund wheel lathe, acquired from BRBritish Rail or British Railways’s Derby Loco Works in 1972.
To the rear of the machine Shop and loco Shed is the boiler shop. Before construction, riveting of boilers was carried out in the open air. Following complaints by neighbours, the Council unexpectedly served a noise abatement order on the railway. The SVRSevern Valley Railway applied for, and in November 1986 was granted, a two-year temporary planning permission allowing day-time open air working. The SVRSevern Valley Railway launched a share offer in 1988 to raise £500,000 for the new boiler shop. In November 1988 the contract was let for construction, with a target completion date of April 1989. It was opened by HRH The Duke of Gloucester in October 1990.
In 2012 Severn Valley Railway Engineering Services took delivery of a CNCComputer Numerical Control. A computer converts the design produced by Computer Aided Design software into numbers which are used to control the movement of the cutter. lathe to help with mass production of stays in the workshops, for SVRSevern Valley Railway and contract use.
2011 Copper theft
On 20 January 2011 thieves stole copper sheets worth between £50,000 and £70,000 in a ‘pre-planned and highly professional’ raid, one of a series of major losses targetting copper at a number of heritage sites in that period. Thieves had made an unsuccessful attempt 24 hours earlier, as a result of which the SVRSevern Valley Railway immediately brought in specialist security advisors. However the gang broke in the following night using two ladders - one propped on top of another - to smash the security alarm 16 feet up on the outside wall of the building, and broke down the reinforced air-vent grille to gain access. They then hot-wired the 30-ton capacity overhead gantry crane, using it to lift eleven copper sheets weighing an estimated six tons in total into a lorry which they had reversed into the building. The theft, believed to have taken place some time after midnight, was discovered by SVRSevern Valley Railway loco driver and permanent way man Bob Toy at around 7.30am the following morning.
The copper sheets had been cut to size and designated as new/replacement sections for the fireboxes of several locomotives, including 82045, 47383 and 48773. In addition, they stole a made-up outside steam pipe from 1501 and the chainsAs a unit of measurement, 22 yards or 1/80th of a mile from the gantry crane. Workflow was not interrupted as the locomotives involved were not at that time being worked upon.Scene of Crime officers from West Mercia Police studied scrapes on the wall, thought to have been caused by a vehicle and footprints in the dust on the floor. They also obtained CCTV footage of a heavily laden vehicle leaving Bridgnorth, with false registration plates. The railway offered a £5,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of the stolen copper, but to no avail, and the SVRSevern Valley Railway's insurers met the cost of the stolen material in full. Following the raid, the SVRSevern Valley Railway moved swiftly to install new security arrangements.
New boiler assembly and production
A development of contract engineering work has seen the SVRSevern Valley Railway producing new boilers.
- 0-4-0 Back/Well Tank No. 2 'Dolgoch' from the Talyllyn Railway (no. 63/1866 by Fletcher, Jennings & Co). Severn Valley Railway Engineering at Bridgnorth announced in 2010 that they had been awarded the contract for the new boiler of traditional rivetted construction with a copper inner firebox. This boiler was SVRSevern Valley Railway No. 1
- In 2016 a new boiler was completed for Samson, a replica for Beamish of a Stephen Lewin-built 0-4-0T originally constructed in 1874 at Lewin’s Poole Foundry.
- In 2018 Engineering Services was awarded a contract to build five new boilers for the Isle of Man Railway. As of March 2020[update] the first awaited collection, one was ready for hydraulic test examination by the insurance company, one well advanced and the barrel of number 4 was in works.
- BR 3MT 82045 - the SVRSevern Valley Railway is assembling the boiler of the new locomotive of the RiddlesRobert Arthur "Robin" Riddles, Member of the Railway Executive for Mechanical and Electrical Engineering responsible for the design of the British Rail Standard Class locomotives BRBritish Rail or British Railways 3MTThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic. 2‑6‑2T class
Contract boiler overhauls
Engineering Services also undertake contract overhauls for boilers of locomotives not resident on the SVRSevern Valley Railway. An incomplete list includes:
- Quarry Hunslet 780/1902 ‘Alice’. Bala Lake Railway based locomotive received modifications with 3 washout mud doors, 2 re-located and tapped washout plug holes and 6 blanked off existing washout plug holes.
- Barclay 0-4-0WT (works number 1995 of 1931). Ex-Burnhope Reservoir railway, later at Dinorwic Quarry where it became No. 70 Caledonia. Based at Hollycombe Steam Collection.
- Furness Railway 150 'Cumbria' - Hunslet Austerity works no 3794, arrived at Bridgnorth Boilershop on 1 August 2011.
- Hawthorn Leslie 2859 (Tanfield Railway No. 2) delivered at Tanfield on 6 August 2012.
- No. 441 - Thomas Green Works ‘Barber’ 2ft Gauge 0-6-2ST, completed in 2013. The firebox was made by South Devon Railway
- Welshpool & Llanfair No. 10 Sir Drefaldwyn 20 December 2013 to 21 May 2015.
- Isle of Man Railway locomotive No. 11 Maitland arrived in 2014, returning 15 January 2016..
- Coffee Pot No. 1's boiler was sent to Bridgnorth for re-tubing in 2016.
- IvattHenry George Ivatt, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway 1946-1948. CME of BR (London Midland Region) 1948-1951 2MTThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic. 2-6-2T No. 41241, Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. Completed December 2017.
- Isle of Man Railway locomotive No. 15 Caledonia in 2018 and No. 4 Loch started that year.
- Penrhyn Slate Quarry No. 'Glyder' 0-4-0WT
Test of 43106's boiler outside the boiler works (K. Wilkinson)
Test of 7802 Bradley Manor's boiler at the front of Bridgnorth works (R. Westwood)
In autumn 1990 the "Wash & Brush UpIn reference to the direction of travel means towards the major terminus (i.e. towards Kidderminster on the present day SVR) LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway Style" SVRA raffle raised money for new amenities for the Works.
- Rolling stock currently under restoration
- Steam Locomotives visiting the SVR for contract overhauls
- List of Locomotives at Bridgnorth
- Diesel Depot
- Carriage Repair Works
- SVRSevern Valley Railway(H) annual report and financial statements for the period ended 5 January 2020
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 44
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 49
- Bridgnorth Wheel Drop case study on George Law's web site
-  NRHA Awards 2010
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 170/171
- SVRA forum thread, " PR: 'Professionals' target SVR in £70,000 copper plate theft", 27 January 2011 (Retrieved 15 April 2018)
- rail.co.uk, 20 May 2016 (Retrieved 13 April 2019)
- Beamish Transport Online, 20 November 2015 (Retrieved 13 April 2019)
- Branch Lines, April 2020
- Express Points web round up, August 2011
- Delivery of repaired boiler for Hawthorn Leslie 2859 (Tanfield Railway No. 2), YouTube 6 August 2012 (Retrieved 21 February 2013)
- SVRSevern Valley Railway Engineering Twitter
- SVR Forum 15 January 2014
- Beamish Transport Online, 22 September 2016 (Retrieved 2 August 2019)
- Steam Railway Magazine, 3 December 2017 (Retrieved 13 April 2019)
- Isle of Man Today, 24 January 2018 (Retrieved 13 April 2019)
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 208
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 97