Hartlebury Junction was situated 27 chainsAs a unit of measurement, 22 yards or 1/80th of a mile north of Hartlebury station, at a distance of 132 miles 15 chainsAs a unit of measurement, 22 yards or 1/80th of a mile from London Paddington. Mileages on the Severn Valley branch (Engineer’s Line Reference SVB) were measured from this point as far as Sutton Bridge Junction near Shrewsbury.
The 1903 OS Map (revised 1901) shows the area north of Hartlebury Station (labelled Hartlebury Junction). After passing Milepost 132 (M.P.), the junction is reached with the Severn Valley Line curving to the left and the OW&WOxford Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway line continuing northwards.
The junction had its own signal box which opened in June 1876 and closed in April 1977. This was a McKenzie & Holland type 2 box, originally with 20 levers, and renewed with a 27 lever GWRGreat Western Railway frame in 1912.
On 26 January 1967, a low speed head-on collision occurred between two freight trains at Hartlebury Junction, with diesel locomotives D7038 and D8138 involved. Whilst the locomotives stayed on the rails, several wagons did not, blocking the line. A contemporary TV news report shows the damage. The Railways Archive suggests that the accident was not the subject of a published formal accident investigation.
BRBritish Rail or British Railways ended passenger services over the Stourport Branch from 6 January 1970. Coal trains to Stourport Power Station ended in March 1979. The line, and junction, were taken out of use on 12 January 1981.
- Railways in Worcestershire, accessed 30 Nov 2015
- Railways Archive (retrieved 6 June 2019)
- Mitchell & Smith (2007)
- Stourport Past Facebook Page (Retrieved 14 June 2016)
- Vanns p. 94.
- RCTS Mystery Photographs Photo identified as Hartlebury Junction Box