BBC Countryfile Heritage Site Award
The Severn Valley Railway has been shortlisted as one of the UK’s top historic gems by the BBC’s Countryfile Magazine, and now needs your vote to be crowned the number one Heritage Site in Britain.
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. The awards cover 12 categories, nominated by experts in their field, including Beach of the Year, Landmark of the Year, Rural Pub of the Year and Greatest National Park. Voting closes on January 31st, with winners announced in the April edition of the magazine.
To vote, visit http://www.countryfile.com/awards2014-15 or send an email with your selections to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please share this far and wide, around your workplaces and clubs if possible – we need all those votes!
50th Anniversary Celebrations...
In 2015 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:
March 20th to 22nd - Spring Steam Gala (visiting locos to hopefully include several former SVR favourites).
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 to 26th - 1960's Event in conjunction with Classic Vehicle Day.
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 will also be 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 kindly offered to produce 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.