May 23

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3205 at Bridgnorth, opening day 1970
On May 23 in SVRSevern Valley Railway history.
  • 1898 Services began on the Kidderminster and Stourport Electric Tramway.
  • 1970 The official opening of the Severn Valley Railway in preservation.[1]
  • 1972 8F 8233 worked the heaviest train to date in SVRSevern Valley Railway preservation - a 600 ton ballast train from Bewdley to Eardington.[2]
  • 1990 As part of the SVRSevern Valley Railway's 25th anniversary celebrations, the first train for some years stopped at Eardington Station.[3]
  • 1997 EWSEnglish, Welsh & Scottish Railway, a rail freight company 37427 returned D821 to Kidderminster from the West Somerset Railway.[4]
  • 2000 A special dining train, hauled by visiting 3205, ran to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the opening of the SVRSevern Valley Railway.[5]
  • 2001 The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded Kidderminster Railway Museum £177,500 for roof and canopy restoration.[6]
  • 2020 An event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the official opening of the Severn Valley Railway in preservation was one of the many events cancelled with the long closure of the railway, due to the 2020 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

See also

On this day in SVRSevern Valley Railway history

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  1. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 17
  2. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 25
  3. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 100
  4. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 124
  5. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 133
  6. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 136