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Malvern Wells GWR Station

MALVERN WELLS STATION

Grid Reference: SO 778442

Malvern Wells Station (GWR) on the Worcester & Hereford Railway was opened on 1st February 1864 (replacing an earlier structure that was destroyed by fire on 19th January 1861) and closed on 3rd April 1965 along with the rest of the smaller stations on this line. In the 2000s there was pressure to reopen the station as the area had been subject to residential building but nothing came of it.

These two black and white photographs from the collection of Steve Widdowson (the original photographer is unknown) show the layout at Malvern Wells in the years immediately following World War 1.
In the first image the photographer is stood on the 'down' platform looking towards the crossover beneath the Peachfield Road overbridge.  Most of the station buildings were on the 'up' platform.
The second photograph was taken from the passenger footbridge looking west towards Herefordshire.  On the left hand side is the GWR engine shed.  The signal box was still in use in 2017.

Above: These two colour photographs might well have been taken by the same photographer in 1962 and 1964,  
Like the photographer, the identity of the ex-GWR 4-6-0 "Grange" class locomotive heading towards Worcester is unknown.
The second photograph is particularly interesting as it shows a view that has changed beyond all recognition and not just for the disappearance of the Hereford portion of a 'down' express but also gone are the engine shed, station and goods yard.
Below: This is the only known view of the demolition of the station in April 1966.
All three photographs from the collection of Steve Widdowson.
One item that does survive is the impressive signal box.

Andrew Smith took this fine photograph of three-car hybrid class 158 diesel multiple unit No.158955 on 1st November 2010 as it stood near the signal box at Malvern Wells prior to returning to Great Malvern to work the the 14.50 service to Weymouth.
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