Rifle Range Halt railway station

Rifle Range Halt was a short-lived unstaffed request stop on the GWR Kidderminster to Bewdley loop line which now forms part of the Severn Valley Railway. It was located west of Bewdley tunnel near the “Devil’s Spittleful”, the sandstone outcrop on the nature reserve now managed by the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust.[2]

Rifle Range Halt
LocationKidderminster, Worcestershire
England
Coordinates52°22′08″N 2°17′17″W / 52.3690°N 2.2880°W / 52.3690; -2.2880Coordinates: 52°22′08″N 2°17′17″W / 52.3690°N 2.2880°W / 52.3690; -2.2880
Grid referenceSO804745
Platforms1
Other information
StatusDisused
History
Pre-groupingGreat Western Railway
Key dates
June 1905Opened
4 October 1920Closed[1]

HistoryEdit

Rifle Range Halt opened in June 1905. The halt was mainly served by a steam railmotor service which was introduced on the Kidderminster - Bewdley - Stourport section of the railway in the same year.[3] The nearby rifle range was used mainly during the First World War by volunteers from the Yeomanry.[4]

The railmotors operated until 1918, and the halt was closed on 4 October 1920.[1] No remains are now visible.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Marshall (1989) p. 143.
  2. ^ The Devil's Spittleful & Rifle Range and Blackstone Farm Fields on www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk
  3. ^ Marshall, John (1989). The Severn Valley Railway. Newton Abbot: David St John Thomas. p. 143. ISBN 0-946537-45-3.
  4. ^ Worcestershire Wildlife Trust information board.


Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Bewdley
Line and station open
  Great Western Railway
Severn Valley Railway
  Foley Park Halt
Line open, station closed