October 8

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8 October 1962: a DMUDiesel Multiple Unit at Jackfield Halt (Sellick Collection)
On October 8 in SVRSevern Valley Railway history.
  • 1852 A public meeting was held at Bewdley to explain plans for development of the Severn Valley Railway. Opinions were strongly expressed that the line should go to Shrewsbury rather than Coalbrookdale as originally planned.[1]
  • 1878 Leominster Engineman, Joseph Moreton, was reported for "Using improper language to Station Master when ordered to move his train" and fined 2/6.[2]
  • 1947 The Shrewsbury to Hereford line was blocked, with trains diverted via Kidderminster. 5082 Swordfish was among the locomotives noted.[3]
  • 1972 The SVRSevern Valley Railway Civil Engineering Department visited Henley-in-Arden station to recover both water columns for use at Bridgnorth.[4]
  • 1983 The last passengers to cross Falling Sands Viaduct under BRBritish Rail or British Railways ownership were on the 'Severn Valley Enterprise' rail tour from Bewdley to Paddington and back
  • 2010 The two day 'Railcar Reunion' saw a variety of visiting diesel railcars in use. Friday was 'diesel only'.
  • 2013 4930 exchanged tenders with 6990 Witherslack Hall.
  • 2016 GWR 813 Saddle Tank moved to Bridgnorth for signwriting, after painting at Kidderminster.[5]

See also

On this day in SVRSevern Valley Railway history

← October 7 - October 9 →


  1. Nabarro (1971) p. 16.
  2. GWRGreat Western Railway Staffing Records held by National Archives, via Ancestry UK
  3. Turley (2005) p. 115.
  4. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 26
  5. GWR 813 Fund 'In Steam 2016'