Bewdley Down Yard

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The DownIn reference to the direction of travel means away from the major terminus (i.e. towards Bridgnorth on the present day SVR) Yard at Bewdley is located to the South of station, on the DownIn reference to the direction of travel means away from the major terminus (i.e. towards Bridgnorth on the present day SVR) (West) side of the main line. It was formerly used for the loading and unloading of goods wagons before the closure of the line by BRBritish Rail or British Railways. The yard is now mainly used by the Bewdley Carriage & Wagon Department for storage and repair of the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society's collection of goods wagons, and for the restoration and painting of carriages, although the bulk of carriage repairs take place at Kidderminster.

Layout

The yard consists of two through sidings, No.s 1 and 2, which are accessible from both ends of the station, as well as a number of miscellaneous sidings. No. 1 siding runs parallel to the DownIn reference to the direction of travel means away from the major terminus (i.e. towards Bridgnorth on the present day SVR) Main and is mainly used to store the Demonstration Goods Train, as well as occasionally by locomotives assigned to Bewdley MPD or other rolling stock. No. 2 siding is adjacent to No. 1 and passes through the Goods Shed, where wagon restoration is carried out by the Wagon Department. The northern part of No. 2 siding and its headshunt provide access to a dock platform, formerly used for loading goods wagons, but now home to three sales coaches.

The remainder of the yard is made up of several interconnected dead end sidings. These sidings include the Paint Shop, used to paint passenger and goods rolling stock. The yard is also home to a number of coaches that reside there permanently: GWRGreat Western Railway sleeper coach 2233 and Mark 3 sleepers 10569 and 10696 are used for staff accomodation at Bewdley; GWRGreat Western Railway wartime ambulance car 5804 serves as the apprentice group mess coach; and GWRGreat Western Railway coaches 98 and 5043 are used as workshops and stores for spare parts.