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The box is Grade II listed by Historic England and described as "Intact but not on original site".<ref> [https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1100700 Historic England listing entry for the phone box] </ref> It arrived on the SVR in winter 1981-82 on permanent loan from the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust<ref>SVR News 62</ref> and was originally situated on Platform 1.<ref>SVR News 66</ref>.
 
The box is Grade II listed by Historic England and described as "Intact but not on original site".<ref> [https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1100700 Historic England listing entry for the phone box] </ref> It arrived on the SVR in winter 1981-82 on permanent loan from the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust<ref>SVR News 62</ref> and was originally situated on Platform 1.<ref>SVR News 66</ref>.
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Revision as of 21:59, 16 August 2016

Bewdley station
Southern approach to Bewdley
Next stations
UpIn reference to the direction of travel means towards the major terminus (i.e. towards Kidderminster on the present day SVR) (towards Kidderminster) DownIn reference to the direction of travel means away from the major terminus (i.e. towards Bridgnorth on the present day SVR) (towards Bridgnorth)
Kidderminster (3½ miles) Arley (3¾ miles)
via Northwood Halt

Next stations pre-closure

Towards Hartlebury Towards Kidderminster Towards Shrewsbury Towards Tenbury Wells
Stourport (2½ miles) )
via Burlish Halt (from 1930)
Kidderminster (3¾ miles)
via Rifle Range Halt (1905-1920)
and Foley Park Halt (from 1905)
Arley (3¾ miles)
via Northwood Halt (from 1935)
Wyre Forest

The station

Bewdley station has three platforms and was formerly the junction for both the Wyre Forest and Stourport lines, both of which are now used as sidings.

The station is controlled by two signal boxes, Bewdley South and Bewdley North. The section through platforms 1 and 2 is the only double track section of the present SVRSevern Valley Railway. This is worked under Absolute Block regulations.

The yard at Bewdley is home to the Carriage and Wagon department which supplements the Carriage Repair Department at Kidderminster and maintains the fleet of goods wagons. The 4150 Fund are also restoring GWRGreat Western Railway locomotive 4150 in Bewdley yard. Public access to the yard is available during the annual Open House Weekend and the Peep Behind the Scenes event, organised by the 4150 Fund.

Bewdley MPD is home to the Class 108 DMU. Other operational locomotives are also stabled at Bewdley, running light engine to Kidderminster at the start and end of each day as required.

Bewdley Platform 1 is home to the Volunteer Liaison Office.

Facilities

Bewdley has limited public pay and display parking. There is a buffet adjacent to Platform 1. Three sales coaches run by support groups are adjacent to the car park.

Points of interest

Booking hall

The booking hall had been ‘modernised’ by BRBritish Rail or British Railways with tall ticket windows and plywood facing. The plywood was removed in winter 1980-81 to reveal the original GWRGreat Western Railway panelling. At the same time the smaller windows were reinstated and fitted with brass wired grids acquired from the old Birmingham Snow Hill station. The balustrades in front of the windows also came from Snow Hill[1].

Phone box

The phone box outside the station is an example of the K4 type, introduced in 1930. The K4, nicknamed the Vermillion Giant, was a combined telephone and post box. Only 50 were ever produced.[2]

The box is Grade II listed by Historic England and described as "Intact but not on original site".[3] It arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway in winter 1981-82 on permanent loan from the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust[4] and was originally situated on Platform 1.[5].

Footbridge

A covered wooden footbridge at the northern end of the station allows access between Platform 1 and Platforms 2&3. It is numbered bridge 10.

Water towers

Two water towers at the southern end of Platforms 2&3 and in the MPDMotive Power Depot area allow watering of locomotives. The tower on the island platform is of GWRGreat Western Railway origin and was recovered from Stow Heath yard, Bilston in 1969. The tower next to the MPDMotive Power Depot is of LNWRLondon & North Western Railway origin and was retrieved from Hadley, near Wellington, in October 1972[6]. Both columns were installed during the winter of 1973-74[7]. Unlike at Bridgnorth and Kidderminster, the water supply at Bewdley is not specially treated, and so the columns are only used on rare occasions such as galas.

Island platform canopy

Platforms 2&3 share a canopy, built in 1878, giving passengers protection from the weather. The canopy, featuring timber frames on cast iron pillars was extended around 1900 with the new section supported on steel frames.

Gent's urinal

An open roofed cast iron gentlemen's urinal is located on Platforms 2&3. This was relocated from Melrose in Scotland by SVRSevern Valley Railway volunteers and formally opened in September 1977. See 'Links' below for two copyrighted images of the urinal at Melrose.

Portable water tank

A portable water tank with hand powered pump was used for the refilling of carriage water tanks.

Token catcher

The token catcher opposite Bewdley North signal box was originally located opposite Bewdley South signal box, where it could be used by locomotives on the former Stourport Branch. It was moved to its present location during the 1974-75 close season[8]. It is not currently in use, tokens instead being exchanged by hand.

Bewdley history before preservation

Bewdley station in 1963 (Geograph)
  • 1862 Bewdley has a population of 2900[9] (Population; 10869 in 2001)[10]
  • 1862: When the Severn Valley Line opened, Bewdley was a crossing point and was deemed a principal station, being provided with a goods shed and goods yard. Construction of the Tenbury and Bewdley Railway and the Kidderminster Loop Line had already been authorised, and the station was always planned to be a junction.
  • 1877: In preparation for the delayed opening of the Kidderminster Loop, authorisation was given to enlarge the island platform and provide a shelter and footbridge. New Bewdley North and Bewdley South signal boxes were also built.
  • 1878: The Kidderminster Loop opened on 1 June.
  • 1900: Authorisation was given for additional siding space including the Rock Siding at the back of Platform 3 and the siding along the far side of the yard.
  • 1962: Passenger services to Tenbury ceased on 29 July (services beyond Tenbury to Woofferton had ended a year earlier).
  • 1963: Passenger services towards Shrewsbury ceased on 9 September, with through freight services ending at the end of November. The Public Notice announcing closure of the line can be seen behind the ‘Platform 1’ sign in the photograph to the right (a copy of the closure notice is on display in The Engine House).
  • 1964: Goods services ended on the Tenbury Branch and the line was closed.
  • 1965: The goods yard closed on 1 February.
  • 1969: All goods traffic north of Bewdley ceased with the closure of Alveley Colliery. This enabled the SVRSevern Valley Railway Society to rent the former goods-shed and yard (even though they had not yet opened the first section of the railway between Bridgnorth and Hampton Loade by that time). This space was used for restoration of locomotives and rolling stock, 4566 and 1501 being among the earliest residents.
  • 1970: Passenger services to Kidderminster and Hartlebury ended on 5 January, ending the pre-preservation use of Bewdley Station. 

Traffic statistics for Bewdley (including Northwood Halt), selected years prior to 1939

Passenger Traffic Freight Traffic
Year Tickets issued Parcels despatched Revenue (£) Tons received & despatched Revenue (£) Total revenue (£)
1903 63,131 15,577 4,296 16,588 5,076 9,372
1913 82,475 19,845 4,702 17,020 4,074 8,776
1923 92,463 16,783 7,584 20,171 7,553 15,137
1929 92,479 17,812 6,202 20,201 8,875 15,077
1930 88,763 14,840 5,251 19,323 7,812 13,063
1931 69,627 14,706 4,922 20,599 9,227 14,149
1932 56,206 13,689 4,042 16,907 7,180 11,222
1933 56,012 15,578 4,007 15,158 6,802 10,809
1934 55,051 15,834 4,061 14,797 6,679 10,740
1935 61,135 16,093 3,988 13,668 5,920 9,908
1936 63,262 16,300 3,896 14,457 6,931 10,827
1937 66,925 16,001 4,164 13,357 5,627 9,701
1938 60,251 14,120 3,748 10,874 3,833 7,581

See also

Bewdley Down Yard
List of stations
List of shops

References

  1. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 59
  2. RedPhoneBox.info
  3. Historic England listing entry for the phone box
  4. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 62
  5. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 66
  6. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 29
  7. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 31
  8. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 36
  9. Handbook to the Severn Valley Railway, J. Randall, 1863
  10. 2001 census

Links

Bewdley Station web site
Volunteer Liaison Office web site
Image of "Melrose, Railway Station, urinal View from W" 8/4/1974
Image of "Interior of cast-iron urinal at Melrose Railway Station, Melrose, Roxburghshire", n/d