Important structures along the line
Carriage Works - The 'Pickfords' Building
The large brick building across the car park from Kidderminster station is the SVR’s carriage restoration workshop. Formerly the goods shed built to handle the transhipment of Kidderminster’s main export – carpets, it was bought by the SVR in 1985.
Completed in late 2015, the 1000 m2 building at Kidderminster gives the SVR a restoration and repair facility for the diesel locomotive fleet.
Carriage Storage Shed
Built in 1999/2000 with the assistance of Heritage Lottery Funding, the
Carriage Shed can store up to 62 carriages and at over a fifth of a mile
long is one of the largest buildings in railway preservation.
Between Kidderminster and Bewdley the line enters Bewdley tunnel. The tunnel is 480 yards long and being on a gradient, it offers quite an experience – make sure the window is shut!
Victoria Bridge crosses the River Severn between Bewdley and Arley. The structure is a cast iron arch bridge cast by the Coalbrookdale Company and has an impressive single span of 200 feet. It was the longest single-span bridge in the world when it was built in 1861. The bridge has been used as a location for filming including sequences for the 1979 film ‘The Thirty-nine Steps’.
The Works are situated to the North of the station platforms at Bridgnorth. They consist of four large buildings – a boiler shop, machine shop, paint shop and large locomotive workshop.