May 18

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On May 18 in SVRSevern Valley Railway history.

  • 1951 Ben Brookshank photographed CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 '4575 Class' 2-6-2T No. 4578 on a Shrewsbury to Worcester train entering Hampton Loade station.[1]
  • 1972 An inaugral meeting to discuss the proposed purchase of BR Riddles 4MT 75069 was held in Birmingham.
  • 1973 An EGM of the Guarantee Company, attended by around 300 members, overwhelmingly voted in favour of raising money to build Bridgnorth Bypass Bridge.[2]
  • 1974 The re-opening to Bewdley was completed with the section from Highley opened, although the passing loop at Arley had still to be rebuilt. Railcar 22 formed the first service from Bridgnorth.[3]
  • 1974 An engine took water from the ex-GWR water column at Bewdley for the first time.[3]
  • 1974 The first AGM of the Great Western (SVR) Association took place.[3]
  • 1983 The line reopened following a closure caused by an embankment collapse south of Bridgnorth Bypass Bridge on April 30th.[4]
  • 1978 70000 Britannia was steamed for the first time in 12 years.
  • 1994 An inquest was held into the fatal accident at Waterworks Crossing in January. A verdict of accidental death was recorded, with no blame attached to the SVRSevern Valley Railway.[5]
  • 1996 GWR Mogul 7325 commenced two weekends of London Underground 'Steam on the Met' services
  • 1997 The SVRSevern Valley Railway's second ever 'Heavy Horse' event took place, including horse drawn shunting demonstrations at Highley.[6]
  • 2004 Bridgnorth Station Footbridge re-opened after being dismantled for painting.
  • 2020 Phase 2 of Falling Sands Viaduct works commenced, to replace damaged bricks and repoint the mortar on the outside walls and arches.

See also

On this day in SVRSevern Valley Railway history

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  1. Geograph
  2. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 28
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 SVRSevern Valley Railway News 32
  4. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 68
  5. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 111
  6. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 124