SO7483 : Railway and Country Park near Highley in Shropshire

taken 3 years ago, near to Highley, Shropshire, Great Britain

Railway and Country Park near Highley in Shropshire
Railway and Country Park near Highley in Shropshire
This is the SVR "heritage" line seen by looking north-west from the woodland footpath crossing near the Highley-Alveley river bridge. The woodland here is part of the Severn Valley Country Park which extends to both sides of the River Severn.
A railway halt is a short distance ahead where park visitors can request trains to stop.
Severn Valley Railway

The Severn Valley Railway is a sixteen mile (26 km) heritage railway in Shropshire and Worcestershire operating between Bridgnorth and Kidderminster, following the course of the River Severn for much of its route. Most trains are hauled by steam locomotives. Diesels occasionally replace failed steam locomotives at short notice, and are also used during periods of high fire risk.
The SVR hosts numerous special events throughout the year, including both steam and diesel galas.

The original 40 mile line was built between 1858 and 1862 linking Hartlebury (near Droitwich) with Shrewsbury via Stourport, Kidderminster, Bewdley, Bridgnorth, and Ironbridge. The line closed in 1963. The new SVR company was formed by 1967, and a short length of line re-opened from Bridgnorth in 1970. From this beginning, by unending enthusiasm, dedication and hard work, the present magnificent operation has grown. LinkExternal link LinkExternal link

Severn Valley Country Park

The Severn Valley Country Park is located west of Alveley in Shropshire between Bridgnorth and Bewdley. It was originally the site of a large coal mine. Now it is a 126 acre (51 hectare) park which includes woodland, meadows and riverside paths, and extensive views across the River Severn.
The site produced coal for over 400 years, with shafts being put in at Highley in 1870. River and rail transport was used to transport the coal. The Alveley shaft was sunk in 1935, production commencing in 1938, fully taking over from Highley by 1940. At its peak the mine employed a thousand men and produced 300,000 tonnes of coal a year. It was closed in 1969.

Reclamation of the derelict site started in 1986, and the park opened to the public in 1992. The existing colliery bridge across the River Severn was replaced in 2006, and is a vital link connecting the three current areas of the park. Steam hauled trains will stop on request at the Country Park Halt on the west side of the valley.

Severn Valley Country Park has many well waymarked walks, many being suitable for wheelchair users. The visitor's centre provides information on the park, a café and toilets. It is a superb public facility which deserves full support from the public (and the government) in its maintenance.

These notes have been reduced from the Wikipedia article, where more detailed information can be read. LinkExternal link

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Date Taken
Saturday, 16 February, 2019   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 21 February, 2019
Geographical Context
Park and Public Gardens  Railways  Woodland, Forest 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 7478 8382 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:27.1049N 2:22.3519W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SO 7486 8376
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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