Time no longer stands still at Great Malvern station, after the 161-year-old clock on Platform 1 has been returned to its home in full working order.
The clock, which was installed in 1860 and had to be wound manually, had been stopped at 2:12 for three years.
The Friends of Malvern Railway Group raised their concerns, and Network Rail and the Railway Heritage Trust stepped in to fund the £8,000 restoration of the clock and the addition of an electric winding mechanism. Supported by train operator West Midlands Railway, the work was carried out by clockmaker Smith of Derby.
Martin Colmey, operations director at Network Rail, said: “As well as keeping the railways ticking along, another part of our role is to preserve the heritage of our historic railway network. The renovations to the clock at the iconic Great Malvern station will mean the clock – and passengers – won’t be wound up anymore when they have to check the time.
“It’s great to be able to provide improved journeys for passengers at Great Malvern when they return safely to the rail network after travel restrictions ease.”
The station was opened by the Worcester and Hereford Railway in 1860 and was awarded Grade II-listed building status in 1969. Despite being 161 years old, the station has retained many of its original Victorian features.
Brenda Lawrence, head of stations for West Midlands Railway, added: “Great Malvern station is a superb facility which has proudly served the people of Worcestershire for more than 160 years. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the local community and the wider railway family, the beautiful station clock will now return to its pride of place on the platforms.
“We are already looking forward to welcoming passengers back to enjoy the station’s heritage as travel begins to increase over the coming months.”
Michael Pritchard, from the Friends of Malvern Railway Group, commented: “The upgrading of the station clock with an electronic mechanism is the first stage of our group’s plan to restore the station and ensure its unique heritage features are preserved. The only noticeable difference for passengers will be that, after many years, the clock will now be able to tell the time.”
Despite the restoration, it is still 2:12 at Great Malvern station, but now only twice a day.