This years Bridgnorth beer festival, in association with the Campaign for Real Ale, (CAMRA) takes place between Thursday 5 September and 8 September down at the Severn valley railway station in Bridgnorth.The Station will host over 60 Real Ales, Ciders and Perries. Entry to the Beer Festival is FREE and trains will be running all day too. Although gtting on them could prove challenging. The Severn Valley Railway Autumn Steam Gala also takes place next week so visitors may also be able to see any visiting locomotives which have arrived prior to the Gala.
This year The Severn Valley Railway Autumn Steam Gala takes place between Thurs19 September and Sunday 22 September. Visiting locomotives include No. 76017, British Railways Standard 4 With thanks to Mid Hants Railway Ltd. No. 30541, Southern Railway ‘Q’ Class With thanks to The Maunsell Locomotive Society & Bluebell Railway. No. 34092 City of Wells, Southern Railway ‘West Country courtesy of East Lancashire Light Railway Co Ltd.
From the home-fleet, the following locomotives should be in steam: 1450, 1501, 2857, 7714, 34027 Taw Valley, 43106 and 75069. On-hire Large Prairie No. 4144 and former resident No.6960 Raveningham Hall which was at the West Somereset Railway, are also expected to join the event. Pannier Tanks No. 1501 and No. 7714. Will berunning Overnight on Friday and Saturday. There will be a morning express from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth at 8.50am, non-stop, and early morning express on Saturday and Sunday from Bewdley to Bridgnorth at 5.32am. TheGuild of Railway Artists will be holding an exhibition at Kidderminster Railway Museum, celebrating its 40th anniversary. There will be a Walk-on breakfast train from Bridgnorth (departing 7.22am) and Kidderminster (departing 9.25am) on Saturday and Sunday. single Autotrains and ‘sandwich’ Autotrains will be operating between Kidderminster and Hampton Loade,with No. 1450 and two local services including the Great Western ‘Toplights’.
A Goods trains; will be running Thursday and Friday, and Saturday evening. Eardington Halt will be open for visits from 9am – 6pm (trains will not stop here). During which The Halt will attempt to cover six decades by changing its external appearance throughout the event. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Station will return to the 1900s, then move to the 1930s (around lunchtime), followed by the1940’s then the 1950s and finally the sixties with the closure notice being posted just before they lock up. The Paddock Railway and Coalyard Miniature Railway will be in steam. Our Artist in Residence, Rob Rowland, will be at Bridgnorth Station in the Waiting Room on Platform 2 and Wolverhampton Model Engineers will have a miniature railway operating at The Engine House.