Falling Sands Viaduct carries the SVR over the River Stour and the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal between Kidderminster and Bewdley.


The viaduct was designed by Edward Wilson, West Midlands Railway engineer, and was built by the Great Western Railway between 1875 and 1878.

Falling Sands formed part of the Kidderminster ‘Loop Line’, which linked Kidderminster and Bewdley with the Hartlebury and Stourbridge Railway.


Dozens of navvies did the hard work building the 121 metre long, 19.5 metre high viaduct, and some lived and worked in terrible conditions.

The first train ran over Falling Sands Viaduct on 1st June 1878 at 8am, so they could catch the 8:25am to Birmingham and Wolverhampton!

A History of Falling Sands in Five Sentences!

Falling Sands Viaduct

For any further information about the viaduct, or the Severn Valley Railway's work more broadly, please visit www.svrtrust.org.uk.



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