Celebrating Five Years of the Bridgnorth Art Trail


Bridgnorth Cliff Railway has been pleased to be a co-sponsor of the official map for the Bridgnorth Art Trail. Now it seems that after five years the scheme is to come to an end.

The Bridgnorth Art Trail has featured aluminium castings of Catch-Me-Who-Can, which in 1808 was the first steam railway locomotive to haul fare-paying passengers. Each casting has been decorated to a different theme and set on plinths scattered across both Low Town and High Town. The castings and fabrication of the original Catch-Me-Who-Can railway locomotive were undertaken at the former Hazeldine’s foundry on the eastern bank of the River Severn in Low Town. Some eighty-four years later the iron parts for Bridgnorth Cliff Railway were also cast at Hazeldine’s foundry.

The Art Trail has generated a great deal of interest to visitors and townsfolk alike. Thousands of people have followed its route through both Low Town and High Town. Until our forced closure in December, 2022 pending repairs to a nearby retaining wall, we were delighted to have been able to unite the two halves and to transport passengers between the two.

We thank the organizers and sponsors of this feature to our townscape over the last five years. We do hope that one of the castings is left in place on a permanent basis. Afterall, Bridgnorth is known for railways in all shapes and forms.

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Celebrating Five Years of the Bridgnorth Art Trail
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