Just read an article in the April 1961 Trains Illustrated magazine describing the Severn Valley line. The line was still complete with a number of other branch lines coming off it back then. What a wonderful trip that would have made to travel all the way from Kidderminster to Shrewsbury! You could spend a week in the area exploring different lines. No mention in the article that it could be closed (1963 closed to passengers) though the official announcement that the line was under review wasn't made until Jan 1962.