50th Anniversary Exhibition
The 50th Anniversary exhibition ‘Our first 50 years’, is open now at the Engine House.
This exciting exhibition highlights key moments from the last 50 years and features an informative timeline and a range of fascinating exhibits. It promises to give visitors a real insight into the Severn Valley Railway’s remarkable history. Please do come along and take a look!
The team involved has spent months curating the various aspects of the exhibition, creating a wonderful new attraction for our visitors to enjoy. Thank you to all staff and volunteers involved with this project, your hard work is very much appreciated.
Also look out for the Express & Star’s SVR 50th Anniversary Souvenir Special. This 56 page Special Issue is available from Kidderminster, Bridgnorth and Bewdley stations and the Engine House for visitors, staff and volunteers to pick up free of charge throughout the main season (or whilst stocks last!).
Visit of the Princess Royal - April 13th
We are pleased to announce that HRH the Princess Royal will be visiting the Severn Valley Railway on Monday, April 13th.
This will be the Princess Royal’s first visit to the Railway, during which she will meet staff, volunteers, founding members and apprentices as well as being invited to ride on the footplate of one of our much-loved heritage steam engines from Bewdley to Kidderminster.
She will also be given a behind the scenes tour of the Carriage Works at Kidderminster, to meet volunteers and some of the young apprentices on the Heritage Skills Training Academy (HSTA), one of a range of key projects financed by the fundraising efforts of the SVR Charitable Trust (SVRCT) and the Share Offer scheme.
The Princess Royal will be shown a practical demonstration of the heritage skills taught through the scheme, which are essential in the on-going programme of coach maintenance and restoration.
Taken from a press release:
Nick Ralls, the SVR’s General Manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to welcome HRH the Princess Royal to the Railway and to be given the opportunity to demonstrate how much the SVR has grown and developed during its 50 years in operation.
“We have had the privilege of meeting Her Royal Highness in the past and she has revealed her enthusiasm for heritage steam, so we are very excited to be able to offer her the opportunity to travel along the line for the first time.”
He added: “We have a whole host of events and activities taking place this year to mark our Golden Jubilee, and this Royal visit is such a wonderful highlight.”
Further details will be announced shortly including the full itinerary for the day.
Clare Gibbard Marketing & Communications Manager
BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards
Well, the votes have been counted and verified and the winners of the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2014/15 have been announced – drum roll please… And, we’re delighted to announce that we have won the ‘Heritage Site of the Year’ award. What a fantastic start to our Golden Jubilee year!
The Severn Valley Railway was shortlisted as one of the UK’s top historic gems by the BBC’s Countryfile Magazine in January, and has today been crowned the number one Heritage Site in Britain. We were one of five famous UK tourist attractions shortlisted in the ’Heritage Site of the Year’ category, and were up against stiff competition from some of the UK’s most famous tourism hotspots, including London’s Imperial War Museum, Georgian estate Kew Palace, Welsh architectural wonder Portmeirion and the mystical, pre-historic stone circle at Avebury.
The shortlist was chosen by television presenter Jules Hudson, widely recognised as the face of many BBC lifestyle and history series including Escape to the Country, Britain’s Empty Homes, Britain’s Heritage Heroes and, most latterly, Countryfile. A life-long history lover, he praised the SVR’s Heritage Skills Training Academy, one of a range of projects funded by the Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust, saying the Railway has a “fantastic conservation element to it, running an apprenticeship scheme for young engineers in order to keep the traditional skills alive” and adding: “Travelling by steam train is also a wonderful way to see the spectacular surrounding countryside.”
Our thanks go out to all working members, shareholders, charitable trust supporters, friends and families that voted for us, this is an outstanding achievement and clearly demonstrates the affection that people have for the Severn Valley Railway. Thank you again to all staff (volunteers and paid) who work so hard so hard to make our Railway the national gem that it is – this really is a feather in the cap for us all. Look out for the May issue of BBC Countryfile Magazine which will feature the award winners.
Nick Paul CBEChairman SVRH
David WilliamsChairman SVRG
Nick RallsGeneral Manager
50th Anniversary Celebrations...
This year the Severn Valley Railway will be 50 years old and in recognition of this a number of events are being organised to help us celebrate this special year, outline details of which are set out below, with dates for your diary:
April 17th - 82045 Locomotive Trust special running day. The 'Eardington Explorer' hauled by 1450 will visit Eardington station.
November 14th & 15th - Manor 50. Weeekend celebrating the last days of 'Manor' class locos running on the Cambrian network.
May 16th - Provisional visit of Orient Express from London in conjunction with UK Railtours.
July 6th - Special Dining Train for Founding Members and Early Pioneers (invitation only).
July 17th - Anniversary Dinner at Spring Grove House, West Midland Safari Park, Bewdley. Guest Speaker Paul Atterbury (Antiques Roadshow and Railway Expert). Tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis.
July 25th - Ladies Day returns with fashion, flowers and all things feminine.
July 26th - Classic Vehicle Day.
August 15th - Sounds of the 60's with evening concerts and memorabilia from this iconic decade.
September 17th to 20th - Autumn Steam Gala (visiting locos to hopefully include several former SVR favourites)
There will be an Anniversary Raffle with 1st prize a specially commissioned painting of an early SVR scene by renowned railway artist and SVR member John Austin; the draw to take place at the Anniversary Dinner.
There is also a Timeline at The Engine House displaying photographs and press cuttings covering significant events on the Railway over the last 50 years, many courtesy of MNA Media (Express & Star Group), as well as a smaller display for a limited period at Kidderminster Railway Museum. MNA Media have also produced a Commemorative Edition of the Express & Star exclusively for the SVR.
The above are the main events proposed for 2015 although various other ideas are still being considered. Future noticeboard issues will update as and when necessary.
And not to be left out our good friends at Kidderminster Railway Museum also have a special anniversary to celebrate next year, their 25th. Details of how they plan to celebrate the occasion will be advised in due course.
2015 certainly promises to be a year of celebrations!
SVR (H) Director
Infrastructure Projects 2015
For the latest news and photos, click here.
Lineside Photographic Passes 2014
There are some changes in the system for this year. Two documents are available from this site:
Explanatory notice and the policy document and application form. You can also get to these from the downloads page.