The Christmas season is fast approaching with bookings having opened on September 15th, and we’re gearing up for another busy December.
Help is needed on Saturday 1st November from 9am-11am to move 13,000 presents from a couple of lorries into three railway vehicles for the Santa operation.
Last year, a fantastic group of volunteers did the job in a couple of hours, and we’re hoping to do the same this year. After all, many hands make light work!
If you’re able to spare a few hours, please contact Lewis Maddox:
firstname.lastname@example.org, 01562 757910 or extension 560 at Kidderminster Comberton Place.
We look forward to hearing from you.
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.
May 16th to 17th - Ale Trail Beer Festival in conjunction with Hobsons and Bewdley Breweries. A range of ales, including tasters, will be available at 4 stations along the line.
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