Opening along with the line in 1861, the Midland Railway's station at Upton-on-Severn enjoyed precisely
100 years of infrequent passenger services sitting, as it did, on a rural branch line between the Midland's Birmingham to
Aschurch branch and the GWR's line from Worcester to Hereford. In 1952, the station became to the end of the line when the
section from here to Great Malvern was closed to traffic and finally all traffic ceased with complete closure of the line in 1961.
Above we see the final passenger service - hence the public interest - from Upton-on-Severn on 14/08/61 about to leave for Aschurch
via Ripple which is to the photographer's rear.
Few sites have disappointed me as much as Upton-on-Severn during my research for this website. The
usual maxim that more rural sites tend to have been less scoured of signs of their railway heritage certainly does not
hold true in this instance. Above-left we are in an industrial centre off Old Lane (A4104) with the site of the trackbed
immediately to our left looking in the direction of Great Malvern - the station buildings themselves occupying the land
now housing the industrial units and the site of Upton-on-Severn fire station which is ahead-left. Above-right we have moved to the left
of the previous shot and can see the railway embankment dropping away to our left - we are roughly on the spot of the
Great Malvern platform but precise positioning is nigh-on impossible as there is virtually no trace of the railway.
Above-left we are in the same spot as for the previous shot but this time looking towards Aschurch and
above-right we have moved to the right of the previous shot and down the embankment - still looking towards Aschurch.
I certainly would not, as you may have guessed, recommend anyone visit this site as there are scant indications of the
site's past - however, a wider search radius of this spot will yield some cuttings through the countryside in