This railway was authorised by the
Worcester and Hereford Railway Act, 1853 and it opened in stages from
1859 to 1861 and remains open. Henwick to Malvern Link opened on 25th
July 1859 (Ref: Worcester Evening News, 24th July 1959),
Henwick to Worcester Shrub Hill on 17th May 1860, Great Malvern to
Malvern Wells on 25th May 1860. Malvern Wells to Shelwick Junction
(Hereford) opened on 17th September 1861. The Worcester and Hereford
Railway became part of the West Midland Railway on 1st July 1861 and
the Great Western Railway on 1st August 1863. The contractors were
Thomas Brassey, a well known engineer and Stephen Ballard of Colwall.
Ballard was a local having been born in Malvern.
The line continues across the city
on a viaduct. A short siding known as 'The
descended from the north side of the viaduct down to river level,
whilst the line itself crossed over the River
Severn (N.B. that the current railway
bridge was built in 1905). Immediately after crossing the river the
line passes the site of Worcester
There were five small stations between Worcester and Malvern at Henwick
(where the goods yard was connected to the works of the Mining
Engineering Co Ltd), Boughton
Halt (opened 1924) and Rushwick
Halt (opened 1924).
Shortly after the railway crosses
the River Teme and before arriving at Bransford Station the Bromyard
to the right at Bransford Road Junction. The next stops were at Bransford
Road and Newland
1929). All of the stations between Foregate Street and Malvern Link
were closed on 3rd April 1965.