After more than five years of fundraising and volunteering, the
renovation of a historic railway near Bridgnorth is close to completion.
has had more than £28,000 invested in making it look like it did about
100 years ago.
After having its original platform dismantled in
1984, the last few slabs have just finished being laid in what has taken
more than a year of work.
Bricks have been donated
from the demolition of a bridge in a railway project near Bristol, and
local company JSR Construction, based just a few hundred yards down the
road, undertook the building work.
Volunteers give up their time and resources every Thursday to continue work renovating the station.
are now busy adding the final few touches such as engine clinker spread
along the ground, before visitors are invited to take in the history
Steve Downs, project manager, said: “We were very lucky
in that we had materials donated to us which have a good railway
pedigree and have had a local company do most of the building work.
slabs on the edge of the platform take about a week each to cast, and
more than a year to lay in total. But we have made the design of the
station to match the original as closely as we possibly could. It’s an idyllic station that holds a lot of history and we’re proud
it’s looking as good as it is – the way it is now is as authentic as it
“All the black gravel-looking ground you can see on the platform is
clinker from the engines which is basically ash gathered engines. We’ve shovelled it out and put it down which is exactly how it would have been.
lot of these stations have gone now, you don’t find little stations
like this on the national network or even among preserved stations. It’s
very unique in that factor and holds a lot of history.”
Be sure to look out for the new platform on your next trip!
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