Railways in Worcestershire

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Grid Reference: SO 782475
The railway ticket (above) was issued by the Great Western Railway for third class travel from Great Malvern to Malvern Link. This journey is barely one mile in length and it is possible to see one station from the other.
This old postcard shows the station as it was before much of it was demolished in the 1960s.
Thames Trains 'Turbo' class 166 No.166208 arrives at Malvern Link Station with the 15:53 from Great Malvern to Paddington. The trees on the right-hand side of the platform occupy the space where the 'up' goods refuge siding existed until the late 1960s.
This waste ground that is occupied by a few caravans was once part of the extensive sidings at Malvern Link. These closed in the late 1960s and they along with an impressive signalbox that once occupied the foreground area of this photograph were removed.

Both photographs were taken by Andrew Smith on 13th September 2002.
This is Worcester's Collett 0-6-0 steam locomotive No.2244 shunting the sidings at the north end of Malvern Link Station on 7th February 1965.
Collett 2-6-2T No.6129 of Stourbridge Shed had charge of the 18:35 passenger train from Ledbury to Worcester on 31st March 1965. Note the rather nice '2C' plate denoting that this former GWR Shed was in the London Midland Region of British Railways.

Both photographs by courtesy of Robert Pritchard.
An unidentified class 47 diesel locomotive at the head of a 'down' train to Hereford. The 'BR Fire' buckets look rather inadequate should there be a fire but they were a feature of most railway stations. Some of the GWR type seats survived the demolition of the station but not the station awning and all of the 'up' side buildings which were demolished by British Railways and replaced by utilitarian style waiting rooms. The photograph was taken by Robert Cooke.
Blue livery class 37 diesel locomotive No.37285 photographed in 1985 whilst in use on Sunday engineering duties. Note the neatly kept flowers beds on both platforms. This photograph was taken from Worcester Road bridge which was built in 1913 to replace an earlier structure. Photograph taken by Richard Atkinson.

Class 66 diesel locomotive No.66170 in the livery of former owner EWS pauses at Malvern Link with the Bescot to Westbury (train code No.6W03) ballast train. The first wagon is Network Rail owned JNA NLU 90 tonne open box wagon No. 29135. The train had earlier been used to carry the new ballast for a track renewal project at Newland. Photograph taken by Robert Cooke on 1st April 2012.
In 2014 the 1960s station was demolished and replaced by "period style" buildings that provide much improved facilities for passengers. Above left: The new 'up' side building can be seen on the left-hand side of this photograph of class 43 "HST" power car No.43172 on the 20.53 from Great Malvern to London Paddington (train code No.1P87) which is running wrong line to the crossover at Newland East because the 'up' line was being used for engineering works on 18th June 2016.
Above right: The building on the 'down' side, which includes a ticket office is a different design to the one on the opposite platform.
Both photographs were taken by Andrew Smith.
Above left: Although much work took place during the refurbishment of the station a few areas on the 'up' side were not touched. This photograph, taken on 13th August 2017, shows work in progress in planting trees and shrubs on a patch of ground near Osborne Road. The work being carried out by the Malvern Civic Society and the Woodland Trust.
Above right: A nice touch on the 'up' platform is this superb sign.

Robert Pritchard took this delightful photogragh of class 230 three-car battery electric set No.230006 at Malvern Link on its delivery run from Long Marston to Wrexham via Hereford on 20th July 2020.  These are rebuilds of former London Transport tube trains.
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