The Severn Valley Railway is one of Britain’s best loved heritage railways, running for 16 miles through glorious countryside between Kidderminster in Worcester and Bridgnorth in Shropshire.
Severn Valley Railway
The railway aims to delight a wide spectrum of visitors – chiefly families, day-trippers and railway enthusiasts; and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Midlands. The line offers the complete heritage railway experience, with main line steam locomotives, beautifully restored country stations and original railway carriages – complete with cosy compartments to travel in.
In addition to the ride along the line visitors can explore additional attractions both on the railway and in the local area. The SVR is home to two award-winning museums, has various catering outlets (including two atmospheric public houses at Bridgnorth and Kidderminster) and operates regular dining and hospitality trains throughout the year. The line is seen as a key part of the local economy, and significantly boosts visitor numbers to the historic towns of Bewdley and Bridgnorth.
The SVR has a varied events programme – aimed at both families and enthusiasts. During the summer there are family weekends with VIP guests and in the run up to Christmas the railway carries over 33,000 children and adults to visit Santa at his special grotto at Arley station. The railway’s annual Autumn Steam Gala is the number one enthusiast’s event in the country, with intensive steam operations and trains running all night. These main events are complemented by 1940s nostalgia and vintage vehicle weekends, and themed dining experiences.
The railway has recently launched a brand new share offer to promote investment in its future. This will help the line to maintain the Victorian infrastructure, develop the visitor experience at key stations and contribute to the restoration of rolling stock.
The line relies on its dedicated workforce of volunteers who operate the trains and help the day to day running. The development of staff skills – both volunteer and permanent – is recognised as a key area of focus for the future. The line is operated as a not-for-profit enterprise – all revenues being reinvested in the restoring and developing the railway.
The Severn Valley Railway is proud of its status as a both an important visitor attraction within the Midlands, but also its vital role in preserving this historic and beautiful line for generations to come.