Telford Steam Railway
The Telford Horsehay Steam Trust (the charity and company that runs Telford Steam Railway) was started in 1976 with the assistance of the Telford Development Corporation. The main objective of the charity was to preserve local railway history.
The results of these early efforts was the restoration of GWR 0-6-2 locomotive no.5619 to steam and the opening of 1/2 mile of line from Horsehay to Health Hill Tunnel on 27th May 1984.
The railway struggled to make progress in advancing it’s goals, mainly due to lack of funds, but also the knowledge of its capabilities at the time.
2002 saw the railway relaunch itself with a new management structure and a review of its goals. The result of which was the start of the ‘Steaming to Ironbridge’ project. During that time period it established itself into a profitable, if small, local tourist attraction, attracting around 10,000 visitors a year, many from outside the area.
Great progress was being made with TSR’s northern extension to Lawley; Land was secured, earth works completed and track being laid, when in the summer of 2011 the unthinkable happened. During track laying an accident occurred that led to a volunteer being injured and air lifted to hospital.
The incident led to the railway closing for the rest of that season. During this closure the management again reviewed its goals and totally rebuilt is Safety Management System, resulting in a much stronger company which was again ready to pursue its goals.
Re-opening in 2012
The Railway reopened to the public in Easter 2012, operating a low key season while it continued to rework its structure. A breakthrough was achieved in the summer of 2014 when the railway along with its landlord Telford & Wrekin Council and the ORR, resolved the need for a Transport and Works order to allow the railway to open its Lawley extension.
Over the winter of 2014/2015 a small station was constructed at Lawley. This culminated in the railway opening ‘Lawley Village’ on Saturday 4th April 2015.
Strength to Strength
The Railway has since gone from strength to strength operating every weekend Easter to September and staging multiple events throughout the year visited by over 25,000 people.
It truly is onwards and upwards for Telford Steam Railway.