The Friends of Malvern Railway Group (FoMRG) was founded in 2011 to promote interest in the local railway and its architecture. Great Malvern station is a Grade II listed building and is included in Simon Jenkins’ book 100 Best British Stations. Lady Foley’s tea room on Platform 1 is already an important and much loved asset for the community and passengers, and we have been instrumental in ensuring that this remains so. We are keen to promote the station as a tourist attraction in its own right and are currently negotiating to adopt the station as part of the West Midlands Railway Community Partnership initiative. Malvern Link station has already been adopted. The station is due for a major renovation in the next year or so.
We are keen to recognise the past as well as the present and now have a link to a local railway archive organised by Malcolm Theaker. We are always interested in any old photos of local railway interest so please get in touch if you have any such pictures that you would be happy for us to use.
Malvern Link Station
Malvern Community Forest supported by Malvern Civic Society in partnership with London Midland agreed to adopt the station in May 2017 with an aim to clear the vegetation and create a mini-nature reserve. Since then there have been volunteer working parties supported by London Midland and Network Rail staff to clear vegetation and prepare for the planting of trees and wildflower seeds. Malvern Civic Society has donated funds towards the planting.
Great Malvern Station
Network Rail LNW have been lobbied and they have now programmed work to be undertaken in 2020 to restore the foliage to the columns, repair the canopy, change the lighting to align with the heritage of the station and be more energy efficient, plus the platform clock will have its mechanism changed to electric operation linked to the platform information panels.
The restoration of the Pedestrian Archway leading from platform 2 to the old Imperial Hotel (now Malvern St James School) is being costed and Network Rail Swindon has agreed to clear all the debris from outside the walls of the Worm. An application will then be made to Heritage Lottery Fund who indicated an interest in supporting the project. Railway Heritage Trust has also offered funding towards the project. The aim is to restore the structure and have information panels placed inside for public to view. The current franchise operator has agreed to have the Worm open for the public during staffing hours of the station.
The Friends of Malvern’s Railway Group organises occasional railway visits. The most recent was to the narrow gauge Brecon Mountain Railway on Saturday 14th September. The line, with Baldwin steam locomotives, climbs from Pant to the summit of the former Brecon and Merthyr Railway at Torpantau. The views of the Beacons are splendid. A report of this visit is here.