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Is the section between Bewdley North and South signal boxes officially double track? I seem to recall being told that once.

Yes, the main lines are double track signalled using Absolute Block. The Back Road is a single line block section and the Rock Siding is a yard. --WillSalt (talk) 16:28, 25 January 2015 (UTC)

I'm trying to make the article a bit more comprehensive, but not sure of the best way to go about it. I've added a "Points of interest" category, trying not to turn it in to just a dry list of features and hoping it will complement, not just duplicate the narrative of the summary.
Ultimately, I'd like the page to be interesting reading for anyone waiting for a train who wants to know a bit more about what they can see around them. Any suggestions? I'll keep working on Bewdley and if we can agree on a format that looks about right, we can then move on to the other stations. --Graham Phillips 110 (talk) 09:11, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

I've added a table of traffic revenue for the years 1903-1938. Now obviously I didn't go out and collate these myself, I rewrote them from a book, but my understanding of copyright is that the content of tables of data is not copyrightable, so retyping and reformatting that data for a website is completely above board. Does anyone have any thoughts? --WillSalt (talk) 13:04, 8 March 2015 (UTC)

Wyre Forest Line closure

From this page: "1962: Passenger services to Tenbury ceased on 29 July (services beyond Tenbury to Woofferton had ended a year earlier)." From Wyre_Forest_Line#Closure "After July 1961, one passenger train ran from Kidderminster to Tenbury each day. Passenger services ceased a year later on 1 August 1962." Has anyone got a reference for either date? --Graham Phillips 110 (talk) 20:03, 21 May 2017 (UTC)

Citations on this are a bit of a minefield! Beddoes and Smith quotes the last passenger train back to Tenbury Wells as being No. 3619 on 31 July 1962 which accords with the closure date of 1 August 1962, however there are two picture captions of 3619 which say Saturday 31 August 1962. 31 July 1962 was a Tuesday and 31 August was a Friday according to my calendar. Also both Beddoes/Smith and Magner state the last through train to Woofferton was on Saturday 28 July 1961. 28 July 1961 was a Friday, so either the day or the date is incorrect in both sources. --Robin (talk) 23:03, 21 May 2017 (UTC)

Early station masters

I've added these from the data supplied. Is this suitable? If so, I can use it as the template for other stations. Thanks.--Patrick Hearn (talk) 21:00, 27 January 2021 (UTC)

Thanks. The layout and quantity of information looks fine to me. If it is going to be a sortable table then it probably ought to sort on surname not forename, but with relatively few rows and date being the natural order, I'd suggest not bothering to make it sortable.--Robin (talk) 16:27, 28 January 2021 (UTC)
Good point--Patrick Hearn (talk) 16:32, 28 January 2021 (UTC)

Changes to Bewdley Station over time

Continuing from the discussion on the SVRSevern Valley Railway-Online Forum "Early history of the SVRSevern Valley Railway on the British Newspaper Archive" thread, John Marshall lists the following changes at Bewdley being authorised by the GWRGreat Western Railway Board:

  • 19 Dec 1877: Enlarged island platform, footbridge, original island platform canopy, £1,666 (Loop Line related)
  • 12 Feb 1896: Additional toilet accommodation and corrugated iron lamp room, £100 (speculatively the island platform urinal and what is now the plinth by the north signal box respectively)
  • 9 Aug 1900: Extra sidings including the Rock siding and the far side of the yard £2,051
  • 1 May 1902: Improvement in passenger accommodation £680; Marshall says "...although what this was is not known".

I've had a play with the 1882, 1901 and 1926 OSOrdnance Survey Maps and the circa 1965 BRBritish Rail or British Railways plan, trying to get them to roughly the same scale and alignment to see how thing changed over time. As best as I can tell bearing in mind the old OSOrdnance Survey maps are not that detailed, working down the 1965s map from north (footbridge end) to south (cattle dock end):

  • General waiting room (to become parcels office and porters room) was added after 1901 so was probably part of the 1902 Improvement in passenger accommodation
  • Gents toilet (to become parcels office and porters room) was already there in 1901 but was much smaller (or a different function) in 1882. That may therefore have been added or improved in 1896.
  • Ladies Room and toilet (to become general waiting room) was obviously part of the main building from 1862, but was not necessarily used for that purpose from day 1 so may also have been part of the 1902 changes.
  • Lamp & Oil room (to be removed) - appears to have been added after 1901. Possibly it replaced the one by the Bewdley North signal box, or was in addition to it?
  • Parcels office (to be removed) - appears to have been added after 1901 (1902 again?)

Any thoughts welcome. --Robin (talk) 12:35, 15 December 2021 (UTC)