Worcester Locomotive Society

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The Worcester Locomotive Society Limited is a Private company (Company number 01188105) limited by guarantee without share capital, incorporated on 22 October 1974. It incorporates the Worcester Locomotive Society, founded 1960. It offers membership, runs frequent members' meetings in Hereford and Worcester and regular organised trips to sites of railway interest.

From 1960-67 the Society advertised in the W.L.S. house Magazine "The Big Four", and partook in, organised shed trips.[1] A 1969 advertisement in SVRSevern Valley Railway News 15 noted that activities included:

  • Continental visits to see and travel behind steam locos
  • Railtours arranged regularly
  • Trips to BRBritish Rail or British Railways installations at fortnightly intervals
  • Industrial visits arranged all over Britain.

The Society owns and operates Kitson & Co 5474 'Carnarvon' and GWR Pannier 5786, both of which were acquired in 1969 and initially resident on the SVRSevern Valley Railway, as well as several items of historic railway rolling stock. In Summer 1970 SVRSevern Valley Railway News announced that the SVRSevern Valley Railway and the W.L.S. had failed to agree the terms on which the two locomotives would remain on the SVRSevern Valley Railway. The dispute centred around the requirement that only paid up members of the Severn Valley Railway Company could work on or operate locomotives on the railway as required by the SVRSevern Valley Railway's insurers and the Inspecting Officer of Railways.[2] The Society initially moved their locomotives to the Bulmers Railway Centre at Hereford and, when the Centre closed, they later found a new home at the South Devon Railway.

A publicity flyer for Sir Gerald Nabarro's book Severn Valley Steam, 1971 showed Nabarro in circa 1971 to have been President of the WLS.

See also

Former Residents
Preservation groups formerly associated with the SVR


  1. Malvern Industrial Archeology Circle
  2. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 17


Society website
SDR web site
Michael Clemens' Railways, Worcester Locomotive Society Shed Tours - 1967