Ground Frames at Foley Park

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Foley Park Sidings

Extract from 1951 OS Map showing Foley Park sidings and Foley Park Halt

Access to Foley Park sidings was achieved by a ground frame. A description of the arrangements is contained in this extract from the "Instructions for working to Sugar Beet Factory Sidings, Appendix to Service Timetable, February 1943."[1]
1. The four sidings adjoining the single running line at Foley Park are available for use for traffic purposes

2. The sidings have a connection with the running line, facing from the direction of Kidderminster; the points are worked from a ground frame locked by key on the Electric Train Token for the section Kidderminster JunctionBewdley South. The site of the connection with the running line at the Sidings is on a short stretch of level; the running line on the Kidderminster side to a point just before reaching the connection is on a gradient of 1 in 112, falling towards the siding, and on the Bewdley side the line rises 1 in 115 in the direction of Bewdley.

3. An intermediate Electric Train Token instrument is fixed in the ground frame cabin for the reception and issue of the Token for the Kidderminster Junction – Bewdley South Section. Telephonic communication with Kidderminster Junction is provided in the ground frame cabin.

The extract from Ordnance Survey Map SO87, surveyed 1938 - 1949, published 1951, shows the layout of Foley Park sidings and the location of the nearby Foley Park Halt.

SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society/BRBritish Rail or British Railways Boundary

Shortly after BRBritish Rail or British Railways closed the Bewdley-Kidderminster line in 1970, the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society acquired the section of the line between Alveley Colliery and Foley Park. Passenger services between Bridgnorth and Bewdley began in 1974, but the only onward traffic from Bewdley through Foley Park to Kidderminster was main line excursions and rolling stock movements under BRBritish Rail or British Railways control.

In March 1977 Major Olver of the Railway Inspectorate approved the section between Bewdley and Foley Park for SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society passenger use (this normally took place only during galas, as services had to be ‘top and tailed’ due to the absence of a run round loop at Foley Park). To control access between BRBritish Rail or British Railways and the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society, two sets of points were moved from Alveley Sidings to Foley Park in early 1977 and installed on the single line adjacent to the sidings to act as trap points, one in each direction.[2]. Two two-lever ground frames were also installed; each controlled a single trap point and associated FPLFacing Point Lock, equipment that physically locks points so that they cannot move., with an SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society GF controlling traps in one direction, and a BRBritish Rail or British Railways GF controlling traps in the other. The ground frames can be seen in this photograph: Link.

References

  • A photograph showing a special train proceeding past the BRBritish Rail or British Railways/SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society ground frames, C E Steele, 1979. Photograph uploaded to the RMweb forums. Link. Accessed 09/01/2015.
  • Great Western Railway Service Time Tables, Shrewsbury, Worcester, Hereford and Newport, July 6th-September 27th 1936. A scanned version of this document available on the website of Michael Clemens - see Link.
  1. The Railway at Kidderminster in the 1940s, AJ Turley
  2. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 44