Telford Steam Railway

Telford Steam Railway
Locale Horsehay, Shropshire, England
Terminus Spring Village, Horsehay & Dawley
Commercial operations
Name Wellington & Severn Junction Railway
Original gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Preserved operations
Operated by Telford Horsehay Steam Trust
Stations 3
Length 1.0 mile (1.6 km)
Preserved gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Commercial history
Opened 1859

1964 (Ketley to Horsehay Summit)

1983 (Lightmoor to Horsehay)
Preservation history
1976 Telford Horsehay Steam Trust formed
1981 5619 steams for the 1st time in preservation
1983 Lightmoor to Horsehay leased to THST
1984 Opens to the public
2008 Work begins on Lawley Extension
2009 150th anniversary of opening of W&SJR
2015 Lawley Village opens

Telford Steam Railway

to Shrewsbury
Ketley Junction
to Shifnal & Wolverhampton
Ketley Town Halt
New Dale Halt
Lawley Bank
Lawley Village
Heath Hill tunnel
59 yd
54 m
summit of W&SJR
Spring Village
Horsehay and Dawley
Cheshire Cheese Bridge
Doseley Halt
Holly Road
Lightmoor Road
A4169 road
to Madeley Junction
Lightmoor Junction
Brick Kiln Bank
Coalbrookdale Viaduct
Albert Edward Bridge
over River Severn
Severn Valley route
to Bridgnorth
Ironbridge Power Station
Severn Valley route
to Shrewsbury
Farley Halt
Much Wenlock
Westwood Halt
Easthope Halt
Harton Road
Welsh Marches Line
to Shrewsbury
Marsh Farm Junction
Bishops Castle Railway
Stretford Bridge Junction
Craven Arms and Stokesay

Heart of Wales Line
to Llanelli & Swansea
Welsh Marches Line
to Hereford & Newport

The Telford Steam Railway (TSR) is a heritage railway located at Horsehay, Telford in Shropshire, England, formed in 1976.

The railway is operated by volunteers on Sundays and Bank Holidays from Easter to the end of September, and at Christmas. Its official business name is the Telford Horsehay Steam Trust (THST), and it is a registered charity.[1]


Telford Steam Railway operates over a portion of the Wellington and Severn Junction railway (W&SJR). The line to Lightmoor and beyond to Buildwas was constructed by the Wenlock, Craven Arms and Lightmoor Extension railway. Both of these became a part of the Wellington to Craven Arms Railway.

For most of its working life the line was operated by the Great Western Railway and subsequently the Western Region of British Railways

The line directions between Buildwas and Lightmoor were counter-intuitive for a period when the line going down the hill was the Up Line (towards London), and the line going up the hill was the Down Line (away from London), as the direction towards London from Lightmoor Junction was then considered to be routed via the former Severn Valley line. Since the last change the up direction is now completely intuitive.


Current passenger operation

The preserved railway operates between three stations of the former W&SJR.

Horsehay & Dawley platform sits on a north-south through line, beneath Bridge Road. 150 yards to the west, Spring Village platform is at the end of a short spur off the running line. In between the two station platforms are the sidings and yard used for storing the railway's stock. Beyond Spring Village platform is the former goods transhipment shed, built in 1860, which had originally permitted the transfer of goods from the W&SJR to the Coalbrookdale Company's narrow gauge plateway system. The building now serves as the railway's engine shed. At the north end of the line Lawley Village station sits south of the site of the original Lawley station, now occupied by a commercial development.

TSR's regular passenger timetable consists of a departure from Spring Village north to Lawley Village and then back along the line to stop at Horsehay & Dawley. The train then repeats this journey in reverse, for a round trip taking 50 minutes.

In addition to the standard gauge running line, the railway also operates a short 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge line adjacent to Horsehay Pool. The Phoenix Model Engineering Society operates a 5" model railway on the Spring Village site.

A large model railway and a cafe are situated at Horsehay & Dawley Station.


Horsehay & Dawley station. The signal in the middle distance marks the junction of the spur into Spring Village station and the yard, which is to the left

TSR intends to extend south beyond Horsehay & Dawley station to Doseley Halt, build a new bridge over the A4169 and continue to the Ironbridge Gorge passing through Coalbrookdale and eventually onto the power station site at Buildwas. South of Doseley half a mile of trackbed and two missing level crossings separate TSR's current railhead from the A4169 and Lightmoor Junction. Permission was given in June 2014 by Telford & Wrekin Council for trains to operate south to Doseley once all trackworks and building works have been completed. It is expected for work to commence south from Horsehay & Dawley station to Doseley Halt in the summer of 2015.

Although from the road it appears the formation would have to be raised by a prohibitive amount to achieve the statutory headroom below the bridge over the A4169, surveying by THST confirmed that a modest increase in height will provide the necessary clearance without increasing the already steep gradient between Doseley station and Lightmoor Junction. Network Rail have donated a fabricated steel bridge that will be suitable to span the road which arrived at Spring Village on 15 October 2010.

Class 104 53531, Ironbridge No3 and RB004 in Spring Village Yard

The extension south of Lightmoor is dependent upon TSR securing the redundant half of the former double track from Lightmoor to Buildwas and reinstating the missing portion of the bridge over Brick Kiln Bank. This bridge was previously reduced to a single track width when Network Rail replaced the original double track width brick arch with single track width concrete section.

In October 2006, with the abolition of Lightmoor Junction, Network Rail took the uphill line out of use; the former downhill line becoming a bi-directional extension of the existing single line from Madeley Junction. TSR plans to use the uphill line as its route into the Ironbridge Gorge including extension over Coalbrookdale Viaduct and across the Albert Edward Bridge onto the power station site, at Buildwas, when it closes. TSR intends to reinstate Coalbrookdale station to serve the Ironbridge Gorge Trust's Museum of Iron, Coalbrookdale's original station buildings survive as part of the Green Wood Centre's Woodland Experience site.

In August 2008 Telford Steam Railway concluded negotiations with Network Rail for the lease and occupation of Lightmoor Junction Signal Box. Substantially intact, TSR has begun work to replace components removed by NR and plans to return the box to 1950s conditions. Until it comes into operational use TSR will make it available for group visits and a limited number of open days during the year.

On 16 July 2010 the Shropshire Star published a video interview with Regeneration chief Councillor Eric Carter of Telford and Wrekin Council, in which he discussed proposals by Telford Steam Railway to operate to the site of Ironbridge Power Station after its scheduled closure in 2015.[2]

Stock list

Operational steam locomotives

5619 at The Flour Mill, Feb 2008

Stored steam locomotives

Ironbridge No3 at Horsehay, May 2007

Operational diesel multiple units

Notable rolling stock

See also

Telford steam tram


Further reading

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Coordinates: 52°39′49″N 2°28′56″W / 52.663597°N 2.482332°W / 52.663597; -2.482332

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