British Steam Trains
British Steam Trains
Having recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary, the Severn Valley Railway welcomes more than 250,000 visitors per year, and is among the UK’s most popular and much-loved historical attractions. Run largely by a dedicated body of more than 1,700 volunteers, the full-size, standard-gauge railway line runs regular steam-hauled passenger trains along a scenic 16-mile route between Kidderminster in Worcestershire and Bridgnorth in Shropshire for visitors and enthusiasts alike to enjoy.
With six attractive, beautifully-maintained stations along the route as well as the Engine House Visitor Centre at Highley, offering a range of interactive exhibits including up to eight full-size steam locomotives and a magnificent royal carriage, there is a wealth of opportunity for all the family to enjoy.
A range of children’s activities, holiday clubs, interactive exhibitions and exciting events will ensure that visitors want to return time and time again.
The Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust
Thanks to its 1,700 volunteers, the Severn Valley Railway transports visitors and enthusiasts back to the magic age of steam travel. Income from ticket sales, catering and retail outlets covers the line’s day-to-day operation, but the costs don’t stop there.
It’s vital that the Railway raises substantial, additional funds to maintain its infrastructure and rolling stock. Bridges, viaducts, tunnels, track and buildings all need to be kept in good order, not to mention the locomotives and carriages.
And this is where the SVR Charitable Trust comes in. We’re about securing a long-term, sustainable future for the Severn Valley Railway. And we need your help to do that.
Please donate to the SVR Charitable Trust by phoning 01562 757940 or visit svrtrust.org.uk. Or use your mobile phone to text ‘SVRC00’ and the £amount of your donation to 70070.
You can’t put a value on the heritage steam and diesel train experience the Severn Valley Railway provides. But the costs are clear. The SVR has operated for more than 150 years; help us keep it going for next 150.
‘Get dressed-up, come along and soak-up some 40s spirit’ is the message from The Severn Valley Railway as it prepares for its hugely-popular Step Back to the 1940s Weekends.
A key highlight of the SVR’s visitor calendar, the much-loved weekends will transform the entire Railway into a colourful snapshot of wartime Britain, on June 24th-25th and July 1st – 2nd.
Some very famous faces, including Sir Winston Churchill and King George VI will be travelling alongside the many passengers on the intensive service of ‘evacuation trains’ for an exciting steam train trip along the 16-mile line, from Kidderminster in Worcestershire to Bridgnorth in Shropshire, during both weekends.
Feats of daring-do will be brought to life as the much-anticipated Battle re-enactment takes place outside The Engine House Visitor Centre at Highley, taking visitors back in time to two days after the D-Day landings when paratroopers have been dropped behind enemy lines, their mission: to attack an enemy ammunition train. Will the allies be able to destroy the dangerous, explosive-filled train, or will the enemy resistance prove too much?
And if all that action was not enough, visitors will be treated to an exhilarating fire-fighting re-enactment and display at Kidderminster, courtesy of the NFA & AFS Vehicles Group.
The Engine House Visitor Centre will host a vintage market and hundreds of costumed re-enactors will be greeting visitors at stations as well as on trains, helping to tell the wartime story along the line.
Visitors can gain a real insight into wartime life with exhibits including a replica air-raid shelter, bombed-out building, ARP Post and hospital train, as well as displays of historic civilian and military vehicles. Ladies can also head to the hair salon at Kidderminster to have their Victory Rolls done.
Musical performers will be getting people ‘in the mood’ and a range of stalls selling 40s memorabilia will be on offer along the line.
The action even extends into the skies, with a Lancaster and Spitfire due to make an appearance to entertain visitors, courtesy of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (subject to weather conditions).
Those who would like to celebrate into the evening, this year’s Big Band Shows, on June 24th and July 1st, will feature the Worcestershire Jazz Orchestra and special guests, Paul Harper and The D-Day Darlings (additional charge applies).
Clare Gibbard, the SVR’s marketing and communications manager, said: “Thousands of visitors head to the SVR each year for our 1940s events, which take over the Railway and transform it into a colourful, light-hearted celebration of 1940s Britain.
“It is always wonderful to see so many people who make such an effort to dress up in fantastic period costumes and really enter into the spirit of this ever-popular event.” Tickets to the 1940s weekends are available to purchase at www.svr.co.uk. Pre-book and save fares start at £24.70 for adults and £16.20 for children or £70.60 for a family of two adults and up to four children. Two-day Rover tickets are also available. Tickets for the Big Band concerts cost £11 each and pre-booking is recommended. To book tickets and for more information on up-coming events and activities at The SVR, visit www.svr.co.uk, call 01562 757900 or visit the Severn Valley Railway Families or Official Site Facebook pages.