Severn Valley Railway is about to launch its own Heritage Skills
Training Academy. The railway wishes to train young people in basic
engineering and in the traditional methods of repair, overhaul and
maintenance of our historic fleet of locomotives and carriages.
railway will recruit five trainees this summer who will undertake an
engineering course at a local college leading to a recognised
The Course will be full time for three days per week
over the next two years.
The trainees will then spend two days a week
at the Railway working with the paid staff and volunteers to gain
practical experience of the railway operation.
At a glittering presentation ceremony at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel, the Severn Valley Railway was voted 'runner-up' to Buckingham Palace at an award ceremony on June 14th.
The award received was in the category:
'Best Attraction for Group Visits: Long visits of more than 2 hours'.
These awards are voted for by Group Travel Organisers from all over the UK and are presented annually.
Lisa Smith, our Group Travel Organiser, attended the ceremony on behalf of the SVR and returned with the stunning award pictured opposite.
We would like to thank the Group Travel Organisers for voting for us and look forward to welcoming them back to the SVR in the not-too-distant future.
A journey on the Severn Valley Railway gives lots of opportunities for a great day out. As well as the great scenery along the line you may also like to consider:
not book a place on 'The Flying Scotswoman', for a short
Footplate Experience from Bewdley to Kidderminster or reverse.
particularly intended for the lady in your life, men and couples are also welcome
to book places on this special occasion.
Two places have become available on our Class 20 Diesel Footplate Experience on July 14th.
Our popular Footplate Experience courses give you the chance to blow the whistle, shovel the coal and take the controls of a steam locomotive, and operate on selected dates throughout the year.
We are pleased to announce some additional dates that have been added to the Footplate Experience programme as follows:
Steam Supreme Footplate Experience - £795.00
Introductory Footplate Experience Christmas Specials - £250.00
Travel in our scenic diesel unit from Kidderminster station, calling at Bewdley and Arley on the way to the Engine House, our Visitor Centre at Highley.
On arrival you are welcome to tour the railway exhibits and displays before enjoying supper from our curry buffet which includes a free beer or alternative soft drink.
The Spice Train departs Kidderminster at 7pm and arrives back at Kidderminster at 10.15pm.
Join us for an evening of mystery and suspense and enjoy a delicious three course meal whilst the plot unfolds before your eyes!
Dine in fine style as you travel through the magnificent Severn Valley on board an authentic steam-hauled train. Experience the camaraderie and shock of fellow passengers as murder takes place before your very eyes!
You are invited to assist as we bring the guilty to justice!
Seats on Murder Mystery trains can now be booked online. Should the train of your choice not be listed please call Restaurant Car Services to check.
All Murder Mystery trains depart at 7.30pm from Kidderminster station.
Updated: March 26th.
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We expect that the following locomotives will be in use on the dates indicated.
Please note that for operational reasons, this plan is subject to
change at short notice and may also include the substitution of a diesel
locomotive if no steam locomotive is available.
This information is usually updated on Thursday or Friday of each week.
The Severn Valley Railway is home to an important collection of steam and heritage diesel locomotives.
Not all locomotives are in service at any one time, but the following
comprehensive list provides an indication of the current status of each
locomotive usually resident on the line.
The SVR does not guarantee that a particular locomotive will be
available to view on the day of your visit, however, operational
locomotives and their expected usage are listed in a separate news item
which is updated every Friday.
During the summer months we operate timetable C on Saturdays, certain Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays.
A diesel locomotive, in addition to our normal steam service, operates as follows:
There is also a diesel loco in operation when we operate table A as follows:
locomotives are listed below. This list is regularly updated but is
subject to change, for operational reasons, at short notice.
locomotives are also used to operate our Diesel Footplate Experience
courses which take place on certain Sundays. These trains are not
available for public use. The locomotive used on these services will usually be the same one operating on the preceding Saturday.
Our Diesel Enthusiasts Gala
takes place on
October 3rd, 4th & 5th.
on all three days.
The Severn Valley Railway is grateful for the use of photographs and other pictorial material freely supplied by the following enthusiasts and photographers.
These pictures may appear here on our website or in various SVR publications.
We are also grateful to the many photographers who provide material from time to time and for which we have no record of ownership.
If you regularly take photographs of our trains and stations and would like your work considered for publication please contact our Visitor Services Department.
If you have supplied pictorial material that is not acknowledged here, please let us know.
PHOTO BY LEWIS MADDOX