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hunter_i



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you both Gentlemen. Much appreciated.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are there plans to reopen the halt?
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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Found this snippet tucked away on the SVR website [ 11 May 2018].
Extract from the Goods Gala – 02 and 03 June 2018
http://www.svr.co.uk/SEItem.aspx?a=123

Eardington 150

We're also celebrating Eardington Halt's 150th birthday, Our best kept secret, the little station will be open to the public on both days with various special attractions, including; vintage cars, oil lamp displays in the lamp room, velocipede demos with 'have a go' sessions and historical talks. Please note, trains do not stop here.

This forum post is a snapshot extract from the main SVR web site and is not necessarily updated to reflect change.
Always refer back to and check the main web site to confirm details are still correct
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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Will Eardington Halt be open during the diesel gala?
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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A little piece of research this afternoon on how to get to Eardington revealed that the Diamond bus route number 125 stops outside the station! That really is convenient if the trains do not call there. The 125 links Stourbridge, Kidderminster, Bewdley & Bridgnorth. On Saturdays there seems to be an hourly service so quite flexible. The web hyperlink to the bus timetable is as follows.

https://www.diamondbuses.com/worcester-warwickshire/bus-services/125-bridgnorth/

I must pop over and have a ride using my bus pass!
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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2018 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jackson_p wrote:
Found this snippet tucked away on the SVR website [ 11 May 2018].

Extract from the Goods Gala – 02 and 03 June 2018
http://www.svr.co.uk/SEItem.aspx?a=123

Eardington 150

We're also celebrating Eardington Halt's 150th birthday, Our best kept secret, the little station will be open to the public on both days with various special attractions, including; vintage cars, oil lamp displays in the lamp room, velocipede demos with 'have a go' sessions and historical talks. Please note, trains do not stop here.

This forum post is a snapshot extract from the main SVR web site and is not necessarily updated to reflect change.
Always refer back to and check the main web site to confirm details are still correct
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Divington_R wrote:
……… how to get to Eardington revealed that the Diamond bus route number 125 stops outside the station! That really is convenient if the trains do not call there. The 125 links Stourbridge, Kidderminster, Bewdley & Bridgnorth. On Saturdays there seems to be an hourly service so quite flexible. The web hyperlink to the bus timetable is as follows.

https://www.diamondbuses.com/worcester-warwickshire/bus-services/125-bridgnorth/


Plus an extract about Eardington station taken from within the ‘Goods Gala’ downloadable leaflet.
http://www.svr.co.uk/pdf/Special%20Events/SVR%20Goods%20Gala%202018.pdf

Eardington 150

When the Severn Valley Railway opened in 1862, a goods siding, known as Eardington Siding, was opened to serve a local ironworks. Passenger services commenced six years later on 1st June 1868, though the station was sited a little way outside the village it served. The station retained its Station Master until 1931, when responsibility was transferred to the Station Master at Highley, though Eardington retained its Station status, only becoming a Halt in the 1950s under British Railways ownership. Eardington closed in September 1963 along with the rest of the SVR, bringing to an end 96 years of service to the local community.

Eardington has re-opened and closed several times in preservation (possibly an unenviable record!), last featuring in the SVR timetable as a request stop in 1982. Since then the station has seen occasional use, with trains stopping only on special occasions. Part of the platform was dismantled in the 1980s, but rebuilding is now well underway and should be completed during 2018, a fitting 150th Birthday present for the station.

The little station will be open to the public on both days of the event with various special attractions, including; vintage cars, oil lamp displays in the lamp room, velocipede demos with 'have a go' sessions and historical talks. Please note, trains do not stop here.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2018 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Extract from the SVR website [ as viewed 25 August 2018].
http://www.svr.co.uk/SEItem.aspx?a=100

Autumn Steam Gala – 20 to 23 September 2018

Eardington Halt open for visits (trains will not stop here).

This forum post is a snapshot extract from the main SVR web site and is not necessarily updated to reflect change. Always refer back to and check the main web site to confirm details are still correct.

I assume that bus service no 125 mentioned by Reg in an earlier post may be one way of getting there?
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Robert



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Found this section on the report linked below regarding the planned Astbury Hall redevelopment work...
https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/bridgnorth/2018/12/05/50m-plans-revealed-for-world-class-holiday-venue/
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Another part of the plans is to connect the site to the Severn Valley Railway, allowing visitors to arrive by steam train to a refurbished Eardington Halt Railway Station

Mr Steven said: "We have agreed sponsorship with the Severn Valley Railway.

"We will sponsored the opening of Eardington Halt which is currently disused and that means visitors who are staying there can catch a train into Bridgnorth or Highley."

The design statement adds: "Consultation and meetings have taken place with the senior management team of Seven Valley Railway, and a joint working and sponsorship arrangement have been agreed, including a direct link from the plateau to the railway.

"The applicant has agreed to assist in financing of the reopening of Erdington Station and to take a direct link between Astbury Estate and the Seven Valley Railway."

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Graham



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's not much information on the planning documents that I can find.

From the Transport Assessment

"4.6 Railway Connection
4.6.1 It is understood that the developer is in negotiation for the existing railway station at the boundary
of the site to be put back into use to provide access to services on the Severn Valley Railway. This
would provide access to leisure services along this route and also to a mainline connection via
Kidderminster Railway Station.
4.6.2 Kidderminster Railway Station provides access to regional and national services and therefore
offers the potential for onward connection to the development site."


And from the Design and Access Statement

"An exciting addition to the overall facilities will be a direct physical link to Severn Valley Railway line including the construction of a new station building sponsored by the development."

More documents on the Shropshire Council web site.

Any ideas on how this might work?
Would a DMU shuttle between Bridgnorth or Highley and Eardington be a better option than stopping and starting 9 coach trains?
How might that fit in with existing timetables and signalling?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Notice Board Issue today:

Astbury Hall Development

As you may have read in the press there is an ambitious £50m project to develop a holiday destination at Astbury Hall. This would see around 300 high quality log cabins at the site adjacent to Eardington Station.

Following several meetings with the developers, FCFM Group, a proposal has been received in outline for investment to be made in Eardington Station such that trains can call regularly providing a link to the new development. No formal agreement has yet been reached but the parties have agreed to explore what can be achieved.

Whilst this could lead to a positive boost in passenger numbers for the SVR it is important that the character and feel of Eardington Station are not undermined. The next steps are for our own architects to consider how public access could be provided from the Astbury Hall estate to the station. This is a critical element that must be resolved before the project can move forward and is being funded by FCFM Group.

The SVR is being represented by Nick Ralls, with support from Steve Downs (Eardington Station) and Graeme Bunker-James from the Holdings Board. Other departments will be asked to contribute as and when appropriate as we cautiously move forward.

As more information becomes available next year further updates will be provided.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not surprisingly, the locals object.
https://pa.shropshire.gov.uk/online-applications/files/513312BCDC125861B41FF31E36C34DFB/18_05052_FUL-CONSULTEE_COMMENT_PARISH_COUNCIL-3477717.docx

There's an interesting claim in that document;
"...Eardington Halt railway station, which was originally designed for the loading of livestock"
I don't know if that's based on evidence or folklore.
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Robin



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most books that I have refer to the halt opening to serve the local ironworks. The headshunt in the goods loop is referred to here and there as a cattle dock, but the OS maps don't show a cattle pen such as the one at Highley, which suggests to me that it wasn't its primary purpose.
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