Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Wednesday 31 May - Severn Valley Railway

A rose between two thorns - a GWR Manor posed between two Southern Pacifics

The Bridgnorth Station Cat lived in the gift shop but came out to see the trains off
We had a great day today.  With a day rover ticket the Arriva bus took us right to the Severn Valley Railway station in Bridgnorth in plenty of time to have a look around and a coffee.
Bridgnorth Engine Shed Yard

Taking the token, ready for the off at Bridgnorth
We took the first train to Highley to look around the small museum there which is well set up for visitors including kids.  I was asked if I wanted to crayon a coloring book.  The collection there is quite varied - locomotives that may eventually be taken to the works to be put back into operation.
Highley station has been impressively restored

I was delighted to see 80079 which was on the Shoeburyness line when I was firing there although I didn't get to fire this particular engine.

Highley signal box

A Manor arriving at Highley
We continued on to Kidderminster, this time with a GWR Manor facing the right way around.

The stop at Kidderminster was quite short and we made our way back to Bewdley with the Manor running backwards.  We passed a game park where we saw a rhinocerous and an elephant.

The stop at Bewdley was, again quite short and we came back to Bridgnorth behind a diesel 33008.
The attention to detail at all of the stations was amazing and the crowds were impressed.  This is a low season timetable today but they were running eight car trains which were pretty full but not overcrowded.

The bus back to Shrewsbury was about 15 minutes late but the ride back through Much Wenlock and over Wenlock Edge made a great end to our stay in Shrewsbury.

Click Here to see all pictures taken on The Severn Valley Railway.

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