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Map of Foley park
Draft map of the proposed new wagon storage shed and permanent way depot at Foley park.
(Stourport Road bridge to the left, Falling Sands Viaduct to the right)
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Foley Park sidings from the Stourport Road bridge.

There are plans to build a three road wagon storage shed on the site of the old sugar beet sidings at Foley Park.

There are over 100 goods wagons on the SVR, with over 50 being ex GWR, representing over 30 different types.
The 1980s saw the setting up of the Wagon Department based in the Bewdley Goods Shed and led by Steve Peplow.
The Department has sought to progress wagon repairs with little budget and basic facilities – keeping the engineering fleet and demonstration goods trains in service.
A highlight was the, not to be forgotten, visit to Newport in 1985 of GWR 2857 hauling a train of restored GWR goods wagons from the Railway to mark the GWR 150 celebrations.

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Foley Park sidings with loaded sugar beet wagons.

The continued exposure to the elements of outside storage means that over 30 vehicles are currently unserviceable, many being of historical importance.
Demonstration freight trains remain popular but the educational potential remains largely untapped.

Following discussions with the Wagon Department in the Summer of 2015, Richard Gunning called an initial meeting of interested parties to consider forming a group to progress ideas for a wagon storage shed and associated facilities. The Carriage Department Review had already proposed an additional carriage repair facility at Bewdley which could be supplemented by a new wagon repair shed.

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Foley Park Halt.

Following the initial meeting in 2015, further meetings have been held together with discussions with the Railway’s P-Way, Signalling and Engineers Departments.
The ‘Wagon Review Group’ as it became known, involves representatives from the Wagon Department, wagon owners, Bewdley Station, P-Way and those engaged in earlier storage shed proposals.

The proposal utilises the full area of the former Foley Park Sidings. This originally held 4 tracks with a headshunt over Lisle Avenue underbridge to reach the start of Falling Sands Viaduct.
The platform at Foley Park was originally on the south side with an access pathway (which still exists) to Stourport Road. On construction of the sidings in 1925 the platform with pagoda shelter was moved to the north side.

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Diagram showing track spacings within the shed.

The design seeks to accommodate a 60 wagon, 3 road storage shed with an external run round loop and the engineering siding at the east end for P-Way Department use.
Much of the trackwork will be available from main line re-laying. A suitable switch point is available from stock for the connection onto the main line. 5 additional turn outs would need to be acquired. S&T envisage the single main line switch would be incorporated into the Kidderminster signalling with the rest operated by hand.
Initial estimates from building suppliers suggest around £200k for design, supply and erection of the shed with additional works needed on earthworks, drainage, fencing/security, electricity and water supply.