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==Stourport Station==
Stourport Station was located 3 miles from Hartlebury and 37&frac34; miles from Shrewsbury. It was considered one of the principal stations on the line, with two platforms and a passing loop from opening in 1862 as well as a small goods yard and goods shed. The station building was almost identical to those at [[Bewdley]] and [[Buildwas]]. The location of the station just a short way north of the town made it perhaps the most convenient of the Severn Valley Railway’s stations relative to the town it served.<ref>[[Bibliography#Books | Vanns (1998/2013)]] p. 75.</ref>
The line through Stourport runs east-west, the goods yard being situated south of the line. In 1885, additional sidings were installed north of the line connecting to a newly built basin on the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal. Around this time the GWR also built two new interlocked [[List of signal boxes#List of historical Signal Boxes and Ground Frames |signal boxes]] at each end of the station; these were named Stourport North and Stourport South, referring to the overall direction of travel rather than the geography of the station itself. From late 1887 the double line between the boxes was worked under absolute block regulations.<ref>[[Bibliography#Books | Vanns (1998/2013)]] p. 77.</ref> Stourport station was officially renamed 'Stourport-on-Severn' in 1934, possibly to avoid confusion with nearby Stourbridgeas there was no other Stourport station.<ref>[[Bibliography#Books | Marshall (1989)]] p. 89.</ref>
The Shropshire & Worcestershire Electric Power Co built a [[Stourport Power Station | power station]] at Stourport after the First World War. However a direct rail connection to the Severn Valley Railway was only opened in 1940, coal deliveries before then being mainly via the River Severn or the [[Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal]]. Once opened, the rail connection remained until January 1981, prolonging the life of the southern end of the Severn Valley Railway.
The origins of the Worcestershire town of Stourport date back to the completion of the [[Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal]] in 1771. In that year John Wesley described Stourport as a "well-built village", but following the opening of the canal for trade in 1772 the village quickly grew into a town based around the large canal basins that served as the ‘port’, reaching a population of 1,300 by 1795.<ref>[ Stourport on Wikipedia]</ref>
The early growth of Stourport saw a corresponding decline in the fortunes of [[Bewdley]] as a port.<ref>[[Bibliography#Books || Marshall (1989)]] p.12.</ref> However further significant growth of Stourport was effectively ended by the opening of the Worcester and Birmingham Canal in 1816. This provided a direct link between the two towns. 
The Severn Valley Railway, John Marshall<br>
Severn Valley Railway, A View from the Past, MA Vanns<br>
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