Spring Diesel Bash FAQs - Severn Valley Railway
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Spring Diesel Bash FAQs

Spring Diesel Bash FAQs

All your questions answered about the Severn Valley Railway's Spring Diesel Bash, including ticketing, pricing, engines and much more.


What are the dates for the Spring Diesel Bash?
The Spring Diesel Bash runs from 13th - 16th May.

How will the event run?
When booking online, you will be asked to choose a specific train and you will travel on this train all day. Your train's motive power will change throughout the day. You'll be allocated a specific compartment, or socially distanced table for the day. Services begin in Kidderminster* or Bridgnorth, and run three round trips. YOU MUST NOT swap trains. *Unless pre-booked to start in Bewdley.

How much are tickets?
You can find full information and pricing here.

What does my ticket include?
Reserved table or compartment in a historic railway carriage. Ride behind your favourite class of locomotives. Travel 96 miles over three round trips, with optional trips between Kidderminster and Bewdley behind Class 14 and Class 17 engines. Photo opportunities.

Why can't I book a compartment on some trains?
We are using four sets of carriages; three sets are a mix of compartments and socially distanced tables, the other is all socially distanced tables.

Can I start / end my day at Bewdley?
Yes, but you must select this when booking to ensure our team can allocate you an appropriate compartment or table. The train will stop at Bewdley after its first departure, and will stop again on its last trip towards Kidderminster.

I want to travel on Train 4 which starts from Bridgnorth, but can I start my day at Kidderminster?
Yes you can. Train 4 will depart from Kidderminster at 10.25am (on a shuttle to Bewdley) or 11am for the whole trip Bridgnorth. Remember, you will only be able to travel on two full round trips by starting your day at Kidderminster. Please let us know in advance, so we can ensure your wristband is in the right place.

Do I have to stay for the whole day?
No, you may end your day earlier by leaving the train at your starting station after the first or second round trip.

How do I travel on the extra Kidderminster to Bewdley shuttles?
Simply stay in your seats! Each train has two extra shuttles between Kidderminster and Bewdley, hauled by a Class 14 and Class 17. If you don't want to travel on this train, you can get off at Kidderminster.

If the event is cancelled, what are my rights?
Every ticket for the Spring Diesel Bash is covered by the SVR COVID Guarantee. Click here or the logo below to find out more information.

I am a loyalty pass holder, how do I book?
When booking online, select the ticket you wish to purchase. Then, before check out enter 'LP' and your loyalty pass number in the discount code box at checkout to receive your exclusive discount. You will NOT receive your discount if you don't enter your loyalty pass number in the box.

I am a member, how do I book?
When booking online, select the ticket you wish to purchase. Then, before check out enter membership number in the discount code box at checkout to receive your exclusive discount. You will NOT receive your discount if you don't enter your membership number in the box.  

Pass Holders & Members
If you have a pass, and there are any people in your party in addition to the number allowed on your pass, you should pay the full fare for these at the booking office when you collect your wristbands.

I want to travel all four days. Is there a discount?
Unfortunately not!

Are children included in our allocation?
Following government guidelines, children are included in your allocation number. For example, if you have a compartment of six, you can bring six people INCLUDING a child. Children under four travel free, but must not take up a seat.

How long do I get at each stop?
Around 40 minutes at Kidderminster and 20 minutes at Bridgnorth. You cannot leave the train at any other station.

What locos will be at the event?
Each train will be themed; Train One will be hauled by Class 50s. Train Two Hydraulics, Sulzers will be on Train Three, and English Electrics on Train Four. All locos are subject to availability.

Are there any guests visiting for the Spring Diesel Bash?
Alongside our impressive home-fleet, there will be two VIP special guest engines at the event. Stay tuned to our social media feeds and svr.co.uk to be the first to know. 

Can I get off the train to take photos?
There will be photo opportunities at Kidderminster and Bridgnorth. You must only travel on your train, in your allocated compartment or seat though.

I don't have a ticket, where can I see the trains?
To ensure our passengers can maintain social distancing at our Stations, access to non-ticket holders will be restricted. Subject to availability on the day, you may be able to purchase a Platform Ticket to gain access to Bewdley, Arley, and Hampton Loade Stations (£5 per person). However, access is not guaranteed if you do not have a train ticket. Access to Kidderminster, Highley and Bridgnorth Stations will be strictly limited to ticket holders only. Our trains are visible from many public footpaths too, including the Severn Way and Route 45 cycleway.

How will I know which train is mine?
Each customer will be allocated a coloured wristband. You will stay on the same set of carriages all day.

Will The Engine House be open?
No, in line with Government Guidelines The Engine House will remain closed unfortunately. This means trains will not stop at Highley.

Can we bring dogs?
You certainly can!

Can we bring our own food?
Yes. In addition, the Valley Suite, Bridgnorth Refreshment Room and our two pubs will be open (subject to government guidelines), serving a variety of food and drinks. We are also selling a selection of freshly prepared lunch boxes.


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