Wilden Sand Siding

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OS Map Hartlebury to Stourport 1960
OS Map Wilden 1951, with the Sand Sidings north of the line

A sand quarry was located at Wilden, between Hartlebury and Stourport, served by a siding on the Severn Valley Railway.

Early history

The Severn Valley Railway ran through a sandstone ridge at Wilden Top, around ¾ mile from Stourport. The railway could have passed through this via a tunnel as elsewhere on the line, but a large amount of spoil was required for a nearby embankment. As a result one of the largest cuttings on the line was constructed, around a third of a mile long and up to 60 ft deep. Unusually, a tunnel was first driven and laid with rails, then the ground above was dug away and dropped down shafts into wagons.[1]

Sand Quarry siding

A large sand quarry was situated north of the cutting. A ground frame, locked by the section token, controlled access to the siding. After the quarry closed, the siding was used to store coal wagons waiting to enter Stourport Power Station .[2]

See also


  1. Marshall (1989) p. 41.
  2. Marshall (1989) p. 87.