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Updated 20/08/2009

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Arley Station News



Chiltern Railways Special - 15th August 2009

At 8.20am on the 15th August 2009 any locals from Arley who happened to be walking past the station would have been surprised, and possibly shocked, to see a Chiltern Railways 168 class sitting in platform one, (pictured left). Chiltern Railways ran a direct train service from Bridgnorth to London Marylebone as a special. Several people boarded the train at Arley Station, which then went all stations to Kidderminster mainline and then onto London. After the special returned from London in the evening, the passengers changed at Kidderminster across to the SVR for a chartered train, hauled by Kinlet Hall, to take them back to Bridgnorth.



Bewdley in Bloom 2009

On Sunday 2nd August, four members of Arley staff were invited to attend the Bewdley in Bloom 2009 presentation ceremony. The presentation took place in the Guild Hall in Bewdley. The award winners congregated in the venue in the presence of the Mayor of Bewdley and well-known news reporter Keith Wilkinson. Arley's gardens picked up two awards; Fristly a First prize for 'Corner or Passageway' and also a First prize for 'Shop front or Commercial'. Head Gardener Bob Morris receievd the awards with the Station Master, Ian Latimer, and two junior porters, Richard Cooper and Matthew Breese. The ceremony was followed by scones, tea and live music in the Jubilee Gardens.


Santa Specials - 6th - 24th December 2008

On Saturday 6th December the Santa Special train pulled into Arley carrying many excited passengers to see Santa. Over the course of the weekends in December leading upto Christmas many joyful children and adults alike travelled to Arley and met Santa in his Grotto. With hot roast chestnuts and superb refreshments it really was a great day out for many families.


SVR Autumn Steam Gala - 19th - 21st September 2008

A Great Western Railway themed Gala bought many people to the Severn Valley Railway over the course of the weekend. With thirteen locomotives in steam there was a wide variety of locomotives on offer. On loan from the National Railway Museum was 3440 'City of Truro' and there was the Dukedog 'Earl of Berkely' on loan from the Bluebell Railway. This meant that there was some spectacular views of double-heading between Kidderminster and Bewdley. There was also double-heading to be seen between Bewdley and Bridgnorth using the four 2-6-2 tanks and the two resident pannier tanks. Over the weekend there were some fantastic combinations of Rolling Stock and Locomotives and full use was made of the Great Western Set. The auto-coach W228 was on show, running shuttles between Bewdley and Kidderminster with 5526 tank and 5542 also a 2-6-2 tank locomotive. Overall the weekend was smashing and was enjoyed by both passengers and staff.


Royal Visit - 10th June 2008

On Tuesday 10th of June, HRH the Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall took a steam train ride on the Severn Valley Railway. They arrived at Kidderminster in the morning and after unveiling one of two plaques to commemorate their journey boarded the Royal Train which took them the full legnth of the Severn Valley Railway. HRH the Prince of Wales took control of the locomotive between Bewdley and Arley and at about 3.10pm the Royal Train pulled into Arley. On its arrival, the Prince left the footplate and was greeted by Ian Latimer. They walked up the platform towards the Station Building and met some School Children from the Village School and spoke to the Teachers. Meanwhile, The Duchess of Cornwall had alighted the train by the Building and was introduced by Dave Thompson to all the members of the Arley Station Staff. The Prince also met all of the Station Staff. After this, they both said goodbye to all the bystanders and boarded the Royal Train. The train then proceeded upto Bridgnorth where they unveiled a second plaque. They returned hauled by a diesel later that day.


Severn Valley Railway Re-opening Weekend - 21st - 23rd March 2008

On Good Friday, the first public passenger train for nine months arrived at Arley. Black 5 '45110', sporting the 'Re-opening Train' headboard arrived to a band and many joyous staff and locals who had turned out to greet the sound and smell of a steam train which had definitely been sorely missed for nine months. Over the course of the weekend an intensive timetable was in operation which allowed people to enjoy the full 16 miles of Severn Valley Railway again.


Ian Latimer Awarded as an Express and Star local hero - 27th September 2007

Our Station Master, Ian Latimer has won an award for his indivudual efforts as Station Master in the aftermath of the Flood damage to the Severn Valley Railway and for his 25 years service as Station Master at Arley. We are all very proud that Ian received this award and feel that it reflects all of the hard work that he has put in over the years at Arley.Click Here to Read the Full Article from the Express and Star


Severn Valley Railway hit by storm - 19th June 2007

On Tuesday 19th June 2007 the equivalent of 3 weeks rain fell in the space of 30 minutes, this caused serious damage to the infrastructure along the line in no fewer than 45 locations, where the land slipped or moved. The damage is estimated at costing about £2.5 million. This means that the Severn Valley Railway is now only operational at Bridgnorth Station, and between Kidderminster and Bewdley, however the rest of the line is isolated by rail because of the various damage caused to the track by the deluge of water.

At Victoria Bridge there were was a serious washout on the Bewdley side which left some of the half suspended in midair. A lot of the culverts and drains in and around Arley Station couldn't cope with the sheer volume of water, or they were blocked, this meant that the water was standing alongside the track and wasn't draining correctly.

This meant that in the few weeks following the Downpour, The Arley staff turned out, along with keen volunteers from other departments to clear the drains and to see which drains were flowing freely and which we could try and unblock, this was to try and drain the water from track bed so that repair work could take place and minimize any more movement of the track.

Since then, the actual work that can be carried out on the track by volunteers has become limited, as now the engineers and contractors have moved on site where needed. So at Arley, Volunteers are therefore working hard, not to waste the time till the trains get to Arley again, but instead to do the jobs that we cannot easily do when trains are running, to make the Station look the best it possibly can.


Obituary - Mike Thompson - 15th October 2006

Mike Thompson, Arley Assistant Station Master, died suddenly in the small hours of Sunday, 15th October, aged 67 at his home in Ludlow. He was a very popular 100% SVR person, as witnessed by over 50 people who attended his funeral in Hereford on Friday, 20th October.

Mike was a member of the SVR for almost forty years, twenty of those as chairman of the Stourbridge branch of the S.V.R. Association. He was a Guard in the early days, and a director of the Holdings Board for a few years.

A rail tour organiser from 1969 to 1995, he lead thirty tours in total, and was always the trouble shouter, whether it was stopping a train when the British Rail Guard was left behind, or collecting £300 of people that had gate-crashed our train because we had Class 33 diesel haulage!

Mike joined the Arley Station team about twenty years ago and took an active part straight away, becoming a foreman and then Assistant Station Master. He took over much of the organising of the maintenance programme, including such jobs as putting up and taking down barriers for all the many events held at Arley, especially for Christmas; in fact, he had started on these tasks on the Saturday. There wasn't a job that he couldn't or wouldn't do, and he could be seen most weekends, either in the booking office, on the platform, or helping with one of the events held at Arley.

Mike was very proud of his Welsh background and very keen on his family and grandchildren. I am glad that the last thing I said to him was. "Thank you for being a great friend." Mike will be greatly missed by everyone who worked with himl we have certainly lost a great colleague and friend, and the Severn Valley Railway will be very much the poorer for his passing.

Ian Latimer (Arley Station Master)


Engraved umbrella from 1906 donated to station - 19th August 2006

An umbrella with an engraved plate on its stem was donated to Arley Station by Robert Young. The plate shows that the umbrella was presented to Mr Joseph Young (the uncle of Robert Young) in 1906 by the inhabitants of Arley for his service as Porter and Signalman.For further details and photograph refer to history page


Arley Station Barbecue - 5th August 2006

On Saturday evening a barbecue was held for the staff of Arley Station, The station yard was decked with flags with tables and chairs for about thirty people. A wide selection of food was prepared and a continuous supply of burgers, sausages and chicken was served. this was followed by various cakes and fresh fruit. Later in the evening a slide show was arranged by Alan Davis in the waiting room. It was a great success and many were reluctant to leave on the late DMU train at 9.30pm.


Severn Valley in Bloom - 29th to 30th July 2006

This event celebrated the Severn Valley Railway looking at its best and Arley looked brilliant with the Hanging Baskets and tubs giving the station lovely colour. The weather was good for the weekend with a hot sun but a few light showers which freshened the air. Morris Dancers from all over the Midlands and beyond went up and down the line performing traditional dances which were interesting and lively to watch, it was a success with lots of people content to come to Arley and look at the flowers and explore the gardens.


King Edward I - 17th to 18th June 2006

On the 16th and 17th June 2006 the GWR (Great Western Railway) 4-6-0 King class locomotive 6024 King Edvard I came to the Severn Valley Railway for the weekend, as on the Saturday it was the 6024 Societies Annual Members Day, which allowed them to travel up and down the line behind their engine and in the afternoon a barbecue was held at Arley Station in the picninc area which many of the members attended. The Severn Valley Railway also ran 60009 Union of South Africa which is currently based at Bridgnorth so it became a mini-gala which we all enjoyed.


Jack Bond's 40th Anniversary - 4th June 2006

On the 4th June 2006, a large number of staff from Arley station went on the Severn Valley Limited Sunday diner service from Kidderminster. We went because we were celebrating Jack Bond's 40th aniversary of being a volunteer on the Severn Valley Railway, and he has some interesting stories to tell of what it was like during the early pioneering age of the Severn Valley Railway. We all got off at Arley Station on the way back from Bridgnorth and Ian Latimer presented Jack with his 40 year badge. It was nice to see someone who has worked on the SVR for 40 years being recognised and was an excellent day.



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