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Eardington Halt railway station

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Eardington Halt, originally named Eardington, is a closed railway station on the Severn Valley Railway near Eardington, south of Bridgnorth, in Shropshire.

Eardington Halt
Eardington station, SVR (geograph 5794893).jpg
The station during the celebration of its 150th anniversary in 2018
Location
PlaceEardington
AreaShropshire
Coordinates52°30′06″N 2°24′00″W / 52.5017°N 2.4001°W / 52.5017; -2.4001Coordinates: 52°30′06″N 2°24′00″W / 52.5017°N 2.4001°W / 52.5017; -2.4001
Grid referenceSO729894
Operations
Original companyWest Midland Railway
Pre-groupingGreat Western Railway
Post-groupingGreat Western Railway
Operated bySevern Valley Railway
History
1 June 1868 (1868-06-01)Station opened
9 September 1963Closed
23 May 1970Reopened
1982Closed
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HistoryEdit

Eardington opened on 1 June 1868, six years after the opening of the Severn Valley line, mainly to serve the nearby Upper Forge and Lower Forge iron works. It was not readily accessible from the nearby villages of Chelmarsh and Eardington, and on 1 April 1949 was reduced to unstaffed status, although never deemed a halt.[1] The station had a brick waiting room and single platform.

In the later years under British Railways control, Eardington had much of its custom from fishermen at weekends and during the summer months. Although mistakenly thought by some people to have been closed as part of the Beeching axe in 1963 Eardington's planned closure pre-dated his report.

PreservationEdit

When the Severn Valley Railway re-opened in preservation on 23 May 1970, Eardington was the only intermediate stop between Bridgnorth and Hampton Loade, resulting in its being renamed Eardington Halt. It was initially used for watering locomotives, having a ready supply of better quality water than Bridgnorth. The Halt closed temporarily for repair work in October 1979, and briefly reopened in 1981 before being finally deleted from the timetable in 1982.[1] It has not been used in regular service since because of poor custom, land slippage and the fact that the station is situated on a 1 in 100 gradient. Another problem is the combination of the shortness of the platform face, normal SVR practice of marshalling the guard's compartment in the centre of the train and the arched overbridge immediately to the north of the platform, which would prevent the traincrew from being able to see the guard if the train was stopped with the guard's van on the platform, as is correct practice.

The siding is now used for the storage of permanent way vehicles. A small band of volunteers have occasional "work-ins" to keep the station environs tidy.

There have recently been calls to restore the station for use on gala weekends and such. This has happened previously, during the Autumn 1998 steam gala, when the Hampton - Bridgnorth local called in each direction, despite not being booked to stop.

There are plans to reinstate the original platform which had been removed in 1980s. The current platform face dates from the 1893 extension.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b SVR Souvenir Guide Ninth Edition, David C. Williams, p27

Further readingEdit

  • Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (2007). Kidderminster to Shrewsbury. Middleton Press. figs. 61-64. ISBN 9781906008109. OCLC 154801530.
Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Bridgnorth
Line and station open
  Great Western Railway
Severn Valley Railway
  Hampton Loade
Line and station open
Bridgnorth
Line and station open
  Severn Valley Railway   Hampton Loade
Line and station open