Flying Scotsman heading for the SVR in 2016
Already lined up for Autumn Steam Gala next year!
We’re delighted to announce that one of the world’s most famous steam locomotives – Flying Scotsman, last here in 1994, will be with us next year. This iconic engine will be a star attraction at our Autumn Steam Gala (September 22nd to 25th 2016). The SVR will be one of the first heritage Railways where fans can see the famous locomotive back in steam, and resplendent in its BR brunswick green livery, following the completion of a painstaking £4.2m project to bring it back to life at Riley & Sons engineering in Bury, Lancs.
An inaugural mainline run between London Kings Cross and York will mark Flying Scotsman’s official completion and return to steam in early 2016, forming the opening event for the National Railway Museum’s February Flying Scotsman Season. It will then make appearances at the East Lancashire Railway and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway before it heads to the Severn Valley Railway in September.
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!).
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 CBE Chairman SVRH
David Williams Chairman SVRG
Nick Ralls General 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.
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.
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
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The observant amongst you will have already noticed that the SVR website is looking a bit different… On the 23rd June we switched to the ‘updated’ version of svr.co.uk – and held our breath as the ‘test’ website which we had been working on for some months went live!
This is what we have improved:
• Improved accessibility on mobile devices/tablets – the updated website is capable of working well on all devices. The display content changes depending on how you are accessing the site and most importantly the ticket office is now fully functional on all devices.
• A design refresh – the website now uses a new design template to ‘freshen’ up the look of the site and wide-screen format which makes full use of the space available for images and messages.
• A review of website navigation, main headings and content – visitor information is now prioritised under the heading ‘Plan your visit’. Navigating the site is much simpler through the layout of menus/sub-menus and streamlined content throughout the site.
• First time visitor introductory features – the website includes an interactive map which provides a visual representation of the line and basic information for the first time visitor (click through on home page) with drone video of the line.
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