Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Bewdley, Worcestershire

Rain, steam, and tin

As one recent commenter remarked, I do seem to have noticed quite a lot of corrugated iron in the last few weeks. I can’t resist sharing one more example, even though it is in a way going over ground covered by this blog before. The Severn Valley Railway runs between Bridgnorth and Kidderminster on track that originally formed part of a line linking Hartlebury in Worcestershire with Shrewsbury. The line became part of the Great Western Railway in the 1870s and was closed in 1963 (it had already been scheduled for shut-down before the wholesale closure of British railway lines that took place in that year). Part of the line was reopened as a heritage railway in 1970 and an extension to Bewdley followed in 1974.

In the early 20th century the Great Western Railway used small corrugated-iron buildings as stores, as lamp rooms, or as shelters on the platforms of some of its smaller stations and halts. I previously posted about a pair of these pagoda shelters at Denham Golf Club station in Buckinghamshire. Here’s another – but instead of an original example from the early 1900s, it’s a modern one dating from the "heritage" phase of the Severn Valley Railway. Northwood Halt was originally open between 1935 and the line closure in 1963 and during this period waiting passengers sheltered in a wooden hut. When the revived Severn Valley Railway was extended to Bewdley in 1974 the halt was reopened, and this pagoda shelter was put up in 2006 to replace the dilapidated hut. It is said to be the first all-new pagoda shelter to be erected since 1948. The platform sign is new too, but its cut wooden letters are very similar to those on its predecessor. The ensemble makes a welcoming sight for those who wait in rain or shine for one of the Severn Valley Railway's steam- or diesel-hauled trains.


The Vintage Knitter said...

Corrugated tin and steam trains: a combination that makes me a very happy lady.

A couple of years ago, I saw a tin hut on the South Devon railway and thought that a replica would look lovely in my garden to store the gardening bits and bobs in. I'm still waiting for it though, but have settled in the meantime for having the shed roof made out of tin.

P.S. When I was in Lancashire last month, I saw a pristinely kept cottage with a black painted tin roof. Its a little gem. I must take a photo of it next time I'm up north.

Philip Wilkinson said...

Glad you're happy, VK. I just missed the arrival of a train when I turned up at Northwood Halt at the weekend - but anyway the departing train was pulled by a diesel and wouldn't have looked as picturesque as the deserted halt.

I'm always on the lookout for corrugated iron houses. There's one at Amberley, but it has never looked very photogenic when I've been there - too many cars parked nearby, etc. (Not that I have any right to complain about this, turning up in a car as I do...).