May 19

On May 19 in SVR history.

  • 1854 SVR Chairman Jonathan Thorp resigned and Morton Peto was elected Chairman in his place.[1]
  • 1892 A special train travelled the Severn Valley Branch overnight, collecting workmen to participate in the weekend conversion of 177 miles of main line from broad gauge to narrow gauge.[2]
  • 1973 Hampton Loade signal box was commissioned and signalling in the station area brought into use.[3] Token working to Bridgnorth began a fortnight later.[4]
  • 1974 46443 re-entered service following a year out for axle box repairs.[5]
  • 1980 A diesel-hauled convoy of SVR locomotives and rolling stock left for the Rocket 150 celebrations at Rainhill, including 43106 still in black undercoat following an overhaul.[6]
  • 1984 Railway artist and locomotive owner David Shepherd was guest of honour at a celebration of 10 years service between Bridgnorth and Bewdley.[7]
  • 1984 A two day visit to Aberystwyth yielded 14 GWR lamp posts and two running in boards.[8]
  • 1995 GWR 7802 Bradley Manor and GWR Mogul 7325 took to the main line for a Gloucester-Worcester-Kidderminster test run. 7325 developed a warm tender bearing by Worcester, so 7802 took the train back to Stourbridge, before returning light engine to the SVR.[9]
  • 2011 Sharp Stewart 0-4-4T Dunrobin was brought to Bridgnorth Loco Works for a feasibility assessment, following which an overhaul commenced.
  • 2019 Colin Gifford launched his new book 'Transition', compiled and published in conjunction with Kidderminster Railway Museum.

See also

On this day in SVR history

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  1. Marshall (1989) pp. 31-32
  2. SVR News 107
  3. Hampton Loade signal box on the SVR Signalling web site
  4. SVR News 28
  5. SVR News 34
  6. SVR News 58
  7. SVR News 72
  8. SVR News 74
  9. SVR News 115