We continue our highly praised series of Pannier Rambler railtours with another variant to the much loved and acclaimed them; we are off to Bridgnorth along the length of the Severn Valley Railway!
We are proposing the following mainline day out for panniers No’s 9600 & 9466. We plan to depart from Tyseley Warwick Road with the Panniers top and tailing the train. We reverse direction for the run to Stratford-upon-Avon along the North Warwick line. After a short photo stop at Stratford, we reverse again back along the North Warwick line, through Birmingham’s Snow Hill Tunnels, then leaving Network Rail metals at Kidderminster in favor of our friends at the Severn Valley Railway and onwards to our next break at Bridgnorth.
Bridgnorth was once one of the busiest river ports in Europe, but now the River Severn is clean and unpolluted and a haven for anglers and walkers alike. The river divides the town into High Town and Low Town; the two being linked with seven sets of ancient donkey steps and a Victorian funicular, the Bridgnorth Cliff Railway.
After a few hours to explore the town or enjoy some of the excellent local ales (if ale is your tipple, we recommend a pint of Bathams Best Bitter in the Railwaymans Arms on Bridgnorth station – remember you can buy it on our train as we sell it too!), we reverse our route back to Kidderminster stopping at several stations along the way to allow local services to pass, before rejoining the mainline at Kiddermister for the journey home. Our route back to Tyseley takes us up the punishing Old Hill bank where our pair of panniers will have their work cut out for them. We stop at Birmingham Snow hill station before the completion of our ‘ramble’ at Tyseley Warwick Road.
Steam hauled throughout by Panniers Nos: 9600 & 9466.
|Saturday 11th November ‘Valley Rambler’|
|Tyseley Warwick Road||09:20||20:15|
|Stratford-upon-Avon (arrive/depart)||10:30 / 11:10||—|
|Birmingham Snow Hill||20:00|