Services to Bewdley commenced in May 1974 but South box was initially used
only for engines running round trains. Between 1980 and 1985 major work
at South box to accommodate the extension to Kidderminster was carried out.
This included installation of electric signal lamps, moving the Down Home
signal further out to permit shunting whilst a train was approaching from
Kidderminster, erection of signals on the truncated Stourport line,
mechanical locking modifications and installation of trap points on the
Stourport line. The work concluded with a rewire of the box. In 1986/7
the new bypass bridge was constructed and the up and down mains lines
lifted and relaid. On 1 April 1990 the up and down distant signals
Working between Bewdley North and Bewdley South is by Absolute Block
on the main line, by direction levers under ETT Regulations on the
Back Road with the Rock Siding and Down Yard operated as through
sidings. Services to Kidderminster commenced on 30 July 1984 under
'one engine in steam' working. Full track circuiting of the line to
Kidderminster was installed and working by acceptance lever was
introduced on 21 November 1987.
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