Shropshire Star

The Bridgnorth pub that's popular with train lovers and locals alike

As pubs continue to battle the cost of living crisis, the Shropshire Star continues its Love Your Local series which celebrates our local inns.

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Manager Samantha Hayward has been part of the pub for 13 years

Sometimes, when people look out of a pub window, they'll see a garden, perhaps a swing set and some tables.

At the Railwayman's Arms, however, they may very well see a steam locomotive passing by, pulling its carriages and whistling as it passes through.

The pub is situated at Bridgnorth Station on the Severn Valley Railway and, as a result, enjoys a roaring passing trade during the heritage railway's seasons, as well as being a popular pub for locals the rest of the time.

The Railwayman's Arms opened in 1861 as a refreshment room a year before the railway itself and has never closed, even after the line through Bridgnorth closed in 1963, being bought by Severn Valley Railway when the heritage line started in 1970.

Situated on Platform One of the railway, it combines a homely and comfortable pub with a unique platform drinking area which gives those enjoying a pint a chance to watch the trains go by.

The walls are covered in railway memorabilia