Elan Valley Aqueduct

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Elan Valley Aqueduct seen from the SVRSevern Valley Railway (Wikimedia Commons)
Elan Valley Aqueduct from the opposite bank (Wikimedia Commons)

The Elan Valley aqueduct crosses the River Severn near Folly Point between Bewdley and Arley. The pipes it carries are part of a network installed in the early 1900s to bring water from the Elan Valley in mid-Wales to the city of Birmingham. Water from the aqueduct is now used to supply the towns of Mamble and Tenbury as well as the City of Birmingham. At times of peak demand the supply is supplemented by water from nearby Trimpley Reservoir[1].


During construction, a temporary siding was provided at Folly Point.

2014-15 engineering work

After crossing the aqueduct, the pipes run through a chamber underneath the railway. In the winter of 2014-2015 three of these pipes were replaced in a major project initiated by Severn Trent Water; this required the line to be lifted and replaced. The old pipes remained at the site for several years, but were finally lifted onto wagons by the 30 Ton Steam Crane in April 2018 and moved to Highley. Photos of the move may be seen on the Bridgnorth Station website. A short section is restored, with the intention of display in The Engine House.

See also

From The Window
Folly Point Siding


  1. Severn Trent Water (Retrieved 4 December 2015)


Elan Aqueduct on Wikipedia
Elan Aqueduct on Powys Digital History Project