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James Pearson being awarded the commendation for Bewdley Station canopy



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  • Stan Jones, Marketing and Events assistant



March 19th 2018 - PR

The Railway was crowned Best Visitor Attraction in Worcestershire in the recent What’s On Readers’ Awards.

October 11th 2017 - PR: Arley volunteers award plaque unveiled

The dedication of volunteers at the Severn Valley Railway’s Arley Station has been celebrated with a plaque marking their coveted heritage rail industry award win.
The station team at Arley was last year named as winner of the ‘Stagecoach Volunteers Award 2016’, by the National Railway Heritage Awards (NRHA) committee, which praised volunteers’ outstanding dedication to maintaining and preserving Arley station.
The team beat-off stiff competition in the category from the Barnham Signal Box (Barnham Signal Box Trust) and Scruton Station’s Level Crossing Gates (Wensleydale Railway Association).
To recognise the achievement, John Ellis, chairman of the NRHA visited the Railway during its recent Autumn Steam Gala to join volunteers in unveiling a special plaque at Arley, marking the accolade.
The awards, announced at the end of last year, also recognised the efforts of Bewdley station staff, who were Highly Commended by the NRHA in the ‘Great Western Craft Skills Award’ category for their work on the major restoration of the unique island platform canopy of platforms two and three, which began in the winter of 2011 and has recently been completed.
Clare Gibbard, the SVR’s marketing and communications manager, said: “We are delighted that our volunteers at both Arley and Bewdley have been recognised in this way and this plaque is a reminder to us all of their continual hard work and dedication they display, making these stations such popular destinations for the thousands of visitors who travel
with us every year.”

September 20th 2017 - What's On Readers' Awards 2017

We were crowned ‘Best Visitor Attraction’ at the Visit Worcestershire Awards for Excellence 2017 yesterday at the ceremony at Malvern Theatres. This is fantastic news for the Railway and very well deserved. Well done to everyone that makes it happen, the hard work clearly pays off! As a regional winner, we are now eligible to enter the Visit England Awards which will take place in London in Spring 2018. Fingers crossed for the next stage…

Clare Gibbard Marketing & Communications Manager

March 23rd 2017 - What's On Readers' Awards 2017

We've been crowned 'Best visitor attraction in Worcestershire'!

Thank you to everyone who voted for the Severn Valley Railway, 2016 was a fantastic year for us.

A Facebook video of the GM is at

February 27th 2017 - What's On Readers' Awards 2017

Hurry, voting closes tomorrow!  

January 25th 2017 - What's On Readers' Awards 2017

Last year, you voted in your thousands for the What's On Readers' Awards, and we're thrilled to announce the Severn Valley Railway is again a finalist in two categories:  

  • Best Visitor Attraction, Shropshire

  • Best Visitor Attraction, Worcestershire 


Following the visit of Flying Scotsman to the launch of the Bridgnorth Share Offer, 2016 was a HUGE year for us, and to win either of these awards would be the icing on the cake.  Can you help us win and spread the word? Follow the link below to register your vote, it would mean a great deal... 


What's On Readers' Awards  

Many thanks in advance for your help. 
Clare Gibbard Marketing & Communications Manager 

Bridgnorth crowned one of Britain’s best high streets - December 12th 2016
Not strictly SVR, but Bridgnorth has won the ‘large market town’ category of the Great British High Street Awards, following a public vote.
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Arley station wins prestigious NRHA award – 7th December 2016

We are pleased to announce the station team at Arley have been awarded 'The Stagecoach Volunteers Award 2016' by the National Railway Heritage Awards (NRHA) committee, for their outstanding dedication to maintaining and preserving Arley station.

Arley station went on to win the award, following close competition in the category from the Barnham Signal Box (Barnham signal Box trust) and Scruton Station’s Level Crossing Gates (Wensleydale Railway Association).

Bewdley station was also “Highly Commended” by the NRHA in the 'Great Western Railway Craft Skills Award' category recognising their work on the major restoration of the unique island platform canopy of platforms 2 and 3, which began in the winter of 2011 and has since recently been completed.

Ian Latimer and James Pearson received their Station’s commendations at the prestigious Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London on December 7th, having been invited alongside other nominated individuals from all over the country.

The award will soon be on display at Arley for both the staff and general public to view and can be found in the Booking Office and Waiting Room alongside previous awards for the station.

Stan Jones Marketing and Events assistant 

December 8th 2016

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