A Station Truck, sometimes referred to as a Pick-UpIn reference to the direction of travel means towards the major terminus (i.e. towards Kidderminster on the present day SVR) Wagon, was a goods wagon normally attached to a slow goods train or on occasions to a local stopping train. Its purpose was to cater for small consignments that were individually insufficient to form a full wagon load.
Station Trucks on the SVRSevern Valley Railway
The April 1935 issue of the Great Western Railway magazine carried an article on Station Trucks, using the Severn Valley Railway as an example. The following text and accompanying pictures are copied from the magazine.
The GWRGreat Western Railway's use of Station Trucks had begun as early as the 1860s, and was still in use in BRBritish Rail or British Railways days as noted below. The 1876 service timetable (before the opening of the Kidderminster Loop Line) refers to station trucks operating between Worcester and Shrewsbury and others handling goods for the Tenbury Branch. Between around 1910 and the mid-1920s station truck workings were included in the rear pages of service timetables; thereafter separate books were produced which listed all station trucks and the trains involved in their haulage.
The article notes that the Severn Valley's station truck originated from Hockley. The GWRGreat Western Railway’s goods operation were organised into around 14 regions (the number varied over time). Geographically, the Birmingham region included the southern end of the Severn Valley Line from Hartlebury to Eardington, as well as Kidderminster, while Bridgnorth to Shrewsbury fell within the Shrewsbury region. The former region appears to have been allocated responsibility for the Station Truck serving the whole Severn Valley line. Another goods region was centred on Worcester.
The station truck label from February 1935, as depicted in the article, shows that the departure from Hartlebury was at 9.30am. The BR(W) 1948 working timetable still included a 9.30am freight departure from Hartlebury. This was certainly a slow goods, as it did not reach Shrewsbury Coton Hill yard until 6.58pm. The stop at Cressage has a note in the timetable 'To deal with Cattle traffic and perform S.T. work only', the S.T. referring to 'Station Truck'.
Another station truck, No 752, served the Tenbury Branch. Under the system in use in 1914, this was taken from Stourbridge Goods Depot down to Amblecote Goods yard at 6.45am, returning at 8.15am to be attached to the 9.10 Class F Goods departure from Stourbridge Junction to Hereford via Kidderminster, Bewdley and Tenbury Wells.
Although Station Trucks provided a useful service, the weight they carried formed only a fraction of total freight, less than 0.5% in this summary of the total loading of wagons from the Birmingham district for the 4 weeks ended 14 April 1929: 
|Coal and Coke||2,003||16,293|
|Station Trucks||497|| 603
Added en route
Station Trucks in use in October 1893
Some 603 daily workings of station trucks took place, including the following station trucks which served or travelled via the Severn Valley and Tenbury branches:
|1||Paddington||9.50pm||Ironbridge (via Berrington)|
|478||Shrewsbury||1.50pm||Wolverhampton (via SVRSevern Valley Railway)|
|545||Hockley||5.30am||Birkenhead (via SVRSevern Valley Railway)|
|597||Hartlebury||3.20pm||Manchester (via SVRSevern Valley Railway)[note 1]|
Station Trucks in use in June 1923
In 1923 the numbering sequence, which was formerly organised by geographical regions starting from Paddington, became alphabetical, with some 768 trucks now in operation. The following station trucks served or travelled via the Severn Valley and Tenbury branches in June 1923:
|92||Bridgnorth||1.50pm ex Hartlebury||Shrewsbury|
|345||Hockley||3.15am ex Moor St||Tenbury Wells|
|356||Ironbridge||10.15am ex Salop||Hockley|
|357||Ironbridge||8.15am ex Salop||Paddington|
|358||Ironbridge||8.15am ex Salop||Small Heath empties (Mon/Wed)|
|359||Ironbridge||8.15am ex Salop||Worcester|
- Truck no 526 made the 10.48pm return working to Worcester; the timetable did not state whether this was via the SVRSevern Valley Railway.