KIDDERMINISTER

Kidderminster Town

commonly abbreviated to “Kidderminster” on the Severn Valley, is the Southern terminus of the SVR, located within the county of Worcestershire. The railway shares a railway link at this location to the Network Rail mainline, on the Worcester Shrub Hill to Birmingham Snow Hill Line, while the station also shares an approach road with the adjacent Kidderminster mainline station. The town of Kidderminster is famous for its carpets, for which it was of worldwide reknown for many years.
The next station along the line, in the Down direction towards Bridgnorth, is Bewdley.

The Station

Kidderminster Town is the newest of the railway’s stations, having been built by the SVR on the site of the old Kidderminster Comberton Hill Goods Yard, which occupied the site before the railway was preserved. The building was constructed to blend correctly to the historic nature and atmosphere of the railway, and is home to a large covered concourse, booking office, and facilities for visitors. It is modelled on the design used for Ross-On-Wye station built by the GWR. Please see The development of Kidderminster Town Station for more details about the building of the station.

The layout of the station offers the railway a variety of running options, and is often home to frequent simultaneous train movements during the busier timetable spells. The station has two platforms for passenger use, which both offer the ability to depart towards Bewdley. These platforms are each served by their own engine runaround lines, where watering facilities for the steam locomotives are available. Both engine runaround lines also possess Dock platforms at the station building end, which are frequently used to stable the railway’s inspection saloons and dining carriages for servicing and restocking between dining trains.

The station has a support group, the Friends of Kidderminster Town Station.

Facilities

Facilities for visitors at Kidderminster Station are comprehensive; Under the covered concourse is the railway’s Cafe, the gift shop, and the heritage sweet shop. The “King & Castle” pub forms an integral part of the station building and serves a selection of real ales and alcoholic beverages. Also located on the site is the Kidderminster Railway Museum, and the Coalyard Miniature Railway, which offers a short ride adjacent to the Kidderminster Station platforms for a small additional fee.

The station has a large car park for those arriving by car to the railway, for which £4 a day is charged on a token barrier system. The Severn Valley Railway station at Kidderminster is located within easy walking distance of the Kidderminster mainline station, for those arriving by West Midlands Railway or Chiltern Railways mainline services.

Infrastructure

The site at Kidderminster is also home to key parts of the preservation infrastructure of the railway. The main Carriage Repair Works, aka North Star Works, is located near the Network Rail car park, and is where a considerable amount of restoration on the railway’s heritage carriage fleet takes place. Visitors riding the railway towards Bewdley, after passing under the footbridge, will also notice the large railway yard on the right, which includes the Diesel Depot and the 1/5th Mile long Carriage Shed, where the SVR’s working rakes of carriages are stored when not in use on the regular services.

Kidderminster is home to the SVR’s largest signal box. Adjacent to this is the station’s water tower, which provides a supply for locomotives taking water at the southern end of the line. Also adjacent to the signal box is a small brick platelayers’ hut dating from the early 20th century.

Kidderminster is also the site of the SVR’s Turntable, which is located near to the diesel depot and gives the railway valuable turning facilities for locomotives and stock.

The GWR Bus Garage (Ex Bridgnorth) has been re-erected at Kidderminster. The frame is original, although the cladding is new.

The coal yard offices, the main station building, the Railway Museum, the North Star Carriage Works, the signal box, water tower and platelayer’s hut are all included on the Wyre Forest District Council Local Heritage List‎.