Severn Valley station for sale

COALPORT West station on the GWR Severn Valley route from Shrewsbury to Hartlebury Junction has gone up for sale at £950,000 complete with two BR Mk.1 coaches.

In 2002, Steve and Lisa Rawlings heard about a disused station within the World Heritage Site of the Ironbridge Gorge while having a pint in a local pub. Stunned by the station’s beautiful location overlooking the River Severn, they decided to buy it and renovate it.

Coalport West station house, with the two carriages to the rear left. STEVE RAWLINGS

They have turned the station house into a luxury five-bedroom home, while laying a short length of track and bringing in a pair of 1962-built BR Mk.1 coaches, which have been transformed into spacious, self-contained and ultra-modern holiday lets. The waiting room on the Down platform is now an office.

The couple moved more than 500 tons of soil, gravel and stone either on or off site, installed sewage treatment plants, external lighting and cabling and rebuilt the sidings platform. They also laid out a woodland walk through the two-acre grounds.

Steve said: “For anybody looking to escape from the stress, noise and bustle of city life this is an ideal opportunity to take on as they can still continue with their own career, just as we did.

Read more in Issue 234 of HR – on sale now!

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