We use cookies on this website to improve how it works and how it’s used. For more information on our cookie policy please read our Privacy Policy

Accept & Continue

Timetabled services have returned to the Severn Valley Railway’s smallest station at Eardington for the first time in more than 40 years.

The historic occasion was marked on Thursday 14th September, the first day of the leading heritage railway’s Autumn Steam Gala. Locomotive No 43106 ‘The Flying Pig’ made its arrival at 2.15pm for the official reopening ceremony at Eardington, on a local service from Bridgnorth. It hauled a short rake of LMS coaches, reprising one of the first trains to stop here in 1970, when the SVR opened in preservation.

Often referred to as the SVR’s ‘hidden gem’, Eardington has been effectively a ‘ghost’ station for the past four decades, with no timetabled trains stopping. However, it’s not been forgotten, because a dedicated group of volunteers has lovingly maintained the 155-year-old station building and preserved its unique history.

Eardington is the only station left in the UK that’s lit entirely by oil lamps and an electricity supply has never been installed.

“We’ve been working towards this for such a long time,” said Steve Downs, Eardington’s station master. “I definitely felt a lump in my throat today, it’s quite an emotional time.

“The place has been buzzing, with lots of photographers about, lots of trains. It’s everything we wanted it to be.

“Our team members have had to do a lot of training, especially in dispatching trains and crossing duties. We’ve had plenty of help from our colleagues at Arley station and it’s all paid off. The Eardington staff have performed magnificently.”

Eardington station’s volunteers have worked closely with the SVR’s operations department to get permission from the Office of Rail and Road for trains to stop once more. For safety reasons, only local trains consisting of a few carriages are able to stop, because the station has a very short platform.

Local trains from Bridgnorth will continue to stop at Eardington throughout the rest of the four-day Autumn Steam Gala, and the station will also be open during the Autumn Diesel Bash which takes place from 29 September to 1 October.

For tickets and more information, visit svr.co.uk.

More Days Out News