Worcs. DY10 1QX
Telephone: 01562 825316
The Kidderminster Railway Museum houses a vast range of railway artefacts, most of which date back to the days of steam travel. From pen nibs to clocks, from signs to signalling equipment, from photographs to timetables and rolling stock - there is a vast amount to see when you visit us. The items in the museum come from all over the country, and are essentially related to the British Isles.
The collections are housed in a warehouse built by the Great Western Railway in 1878 for the storage of grain on the ground floor for the nearby flour mills, and wool on the upper floor for the local carpet industries. It had rail access on the one side and road access on the other. It was converted into a parcels warehouse in the 1960s and became disused and subsequently derelict in the early 1980s.
Signalling instruments and finials
Alvechurch booking office
The museum was first opened in 1990 by a group of volunteers from the Severn Valley Railway. A substantial amount of work has been done to ensure the building is safe, functional and looking something like it was when first built. The displays have changed and developed over the nine years that we have been open. There is always something new to see each time you visit. Currently the ground floor displays are being refurbished. The Midland Railway booking office from Alvechurch and a telephone exchange with many sorts of working phones have recently been completed. We are now working on a nameplate/numberplate/worksplate display, and an exhibition of trackwork and associated items such as boundary posts and gradient posts. Some of the collection is used for hands-on displays, such as the telephone display and some of the signalling equipment. We have one of the largest collections of signalling equipment in the country.
|Destination boards, signals, signs and gas lamps||5-inch gauge models of locomotives and trucks|
The photograph, magazine, book and archive collections are held in the library and are available for research, but prior booking to see the material is essential. There is a Friends Club for the museum, which is a support organisation raising money for capital projects. Corporate hospitality facilities are well used by both small and large organisations. Events are held throughout the year, ranging from film shows to postcard fairs and art exhibitions. The museum shop stocks a limited range of souvenirs, books and second hand magazines (let us have your wants list). We also have a tea room where you can sit and admire the exhibits around you whilst drinking fresh filter coffee. We also specialise in toasted sandwiches!
|Early signalling instruments||Platform ticket machine and signs||Telephone exchange and display|
The museum is a registered charity, and a fully registered and accredited museum with the Museums Libraries and Archives (which is a bit like having your professional letters after your name). We are all keen, very knowledgeable about the subject of railways of the British Isles, have a very extensive and fine collection of all sorts of artefacts... and we do things properly. We may be a bit slow in building all our displays, but they are built to a very high standard and worth waiting for. We may do a lot of paperwork, but we aim to fully document everything in the museum so that it can be found by those wanting to find it. We tend to entrust the memory of artefacts to computers rather than the elderly curator! We are all volunteers and do it because we love all things to do with railways. Any money that we do receive is always ploughed back into the museum project, thus improving our displays and facilities for you to experience.
|Tail lamp used by the
South Eastern & Chatham Railway for the Royal Train
By Car: Kidderminster is only half an hour from the M5/M42 motorways. Take the A442 from Bromsgrove, or the A449 from Worcester or Wolverhampton and follow the signs for the Severn Valley Railway. There is ample parking on the site.
By Rail: Kidderminster station is between Birmingham (Snow Hill or New Street) and Worcester, and has inter-city links from either of those two cities to all parts of the country. The museum is less than 100 yards from the Network Rail station.
By Plane: Birmingham International Airport is about half an hour away by road, probably three quarters of an hour by train.
Access to the museum is through the Severn Valley Railway's Kidderminster Town station - go through the booking office and turn right just before the platforms.
We are open every day that the trains are operating on the Severn Valley Railway. Generally, this means:
Weekends - all year, 10.00am to 6.00pm, (5.00pm in the depth of winter).
Daily - from early May to end of September, plus school half-term weeks - open at 10.30am.
It is probably best to give us a quick ring just to confirm we are going to be open on the day you decide to come and visit us. We would not like to disappoint you. For a detailed list of days when we will be open in the year 2011, please click here.
There is a ramp for wheelchairs giving access to the ground floor. We regret that we have no disabled access to the upper floor, on the advice of the Fire Officer.
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