Talk:Private sidings connected to the Severn Valley Railway

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I think that for consistency the siding to serve Mr Griffith's sand fields at Buildwas should have a new page?--Patrick Hearn (talk) 23:01, 8 May 2023 (UTC)

Done. Technically I think it was only indirectly connected to the Severn Valley Railway, as it appears you could only get onto the exchange sidings at either end via the Much Wenlock or Coalbrookdale lines. Anyway, it was within the station area and it was mentioned in John Marshall's history, so why not!--Robin (talk) 15:41, 9 May 2023 (UTC)

I have stumbled across this list from Lightmoor publishing, which is a digest of private owners' wagons illustrated in books published since 1969. It includes locations, against which one might back engineer searches for additional private sidings. For example, a search for Stourport brings up an entry for J.W. Powell and references for Montague and Turton books which, presumably, have more information, there's no reference in the Wiki to Powell. I don't however have a library or any of these books, but if you have and would like to it might be an interesting rabbit hole to go down!--Patrick Hearn (talk) 12:54, 30 September 2023 (UTC)

A useful list, thanks. I suspect there aren't many major private sidings that we've missed, given we've done quite a lot of looking at the detailed OSOrdnance Survey maps in areas likely to have had them, plus John Marshall's pretty comprehensive list in his 'along the railway' chapter. Possibly some of the sidings may have been shared (so the Wilden sand siding may have supplied sand to more than one business for example). I probably won't set out to buy any of the books specifically, but I'll keep an eye out for them if I'm in KRM or the other second hand shops. Having read your note, I decided to change the page to an article style rather than a simple list. Edits and corrections welcome as always. --Robin (talk) 14:26, 2 October 2023 (UTC)
Here's a good place to file for future reference an explanation from Terry Jenkins: "The problems are, until the grouping there were probably 1,000s of wagon owners, then there became fewer. Very few owners kept records of their wagon fleet and some only owned one or two wagons. We know only a small proportion of the owners, some only rented wagons for a few years. In some cases, it's known that a person or company owned a wagon or two but we have no idea what the wagon looked like. Some companies rented wagons, gloster carriage and wagon, later Gloucester C&WCarriage & Wagon, hired wagons out, then would repaint them as new renters appeared. We're fortunate that Gloucesters did take official pictures. There were many companies that didn't"--Patrick Hearn (talk) 18:25, 13 October 2023 (UTC)