Shareholders

From time to time shares become available in the Railway, and the Board of the Railway can allot shares when approached by people interested in subscribing for shares. Shareholders holding the qualifying number of shares will continue to receive travel benefits, although the Directors will periodically review the travel entitlements, when they may be subject to adjustment.

From 1st January 2022 the entitlements are shown in the table below, and anyone interested in subscribing for shares, or adding to their existing shareholding, can download and complete an application form.

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SHAREHOLDERS

You can support the Severn Valley Railway by purchasing shares. Shares must be purchase in multiples of ten and each share is valued at £1. Each shareholder will receive benefits for their shareholding. Full information can be found by clicking the button below.

The Severn Valley Railway as we know it today started in 1965 following closure of the original Severn Valley line by British Railways, almost 60 years ago. Not wishing to see the line disappear, a group of local enthusiasts formed the Severn Valley Railway Society, and over a short period raised £25,000 to buy the 6 mile stretch of railway from Bridgnorth to a point just south of Hampton Loade, where coal trains still ran to Alveley colliery. In order to operate services between Bridgnorth and Hampton Loade it was necessary to form a company. The Severn Valley Railway Company Limited, a company limited by guarantee, was therefore formed, and services between Bridgnorth and Hampton Loade began on May 23rd 1970.

In 1969, just before our opening in 1970, Alveley colliery closed, which meant that a further 9 miles of the Severn Valley line became redundant. Since members of the company had expressed a wish to extend the Severn Valley Railway southwards to Bewdley and eventually Kidderminster, negotiations began with BR over its possible purchase. The sum required to buy this stretch of line was to be £74,000, and the only way that this could be achieved was to form a share capital company and issue shares in the Severn Valley Railway. So Severn Valley Railway (Holdings) Limited was formed in March 1972, and a share prospectus was issued one month later, in April. The issue was oversubscribed, allowing the Railway to extend services in 1974 to Bewdley. Some ten years later, in 1984, services were eventually extended to Kidderminster, our present southerly terminus.

Dividends have never been paid to shareholders. Instead, and in lieu of dividends, at each year end shareholders holding the qualifying number of shares receive free travel vouchers or a travel pass, depending on the number of shares held. Over the years from 1972 there have been a further five share issues in order to fund major projects, which have helped with the development of the Railway.

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Shareholder benefits

1 x Third Class “Freedom of the Line” ticket

2 x Third Class “Freedom of the Line” tickets

4 x Third Class “Freedom of the Line” tickets

8 x First Class “Freedom of the Line” tickets

A non-transferable Silver Pass giving unlimited Third Class travel on the SVR for the holder and up to three guests.

A non-transferable Silver Pass giving unlimited First Class travel (when available) on the SVR for the holder and up to three guests

A non-transferable Gold Pass giving unlimited First Class travel (when available) on the SVR for the holder and up to three guests.

A non-transferable Gold Pass giving unlimited First Class travel (when available) on the SVR for the holder and up to three guests, plus an online voucher for 2 free bottles of selected wine when purchasing a Sunday lunch for 4 guests.

A non-transferable Gold Pass giving unlimited First Class travel (when available) on the SVR for the holder and up to three guests, an online voucher for 2 free bottles of selected wine when purchasing a Sunday lunch for 4 guests, plus 10% off Charter Train Hire and Footplate Experience Days.

A non-transferable Platinum Pass giving unlimited First Class travel (when available) on the SVR for the holder and up to three guests, 10% off Charter Train Hire and Footplate Experience Days, plus an online voucher for 2 free bottles of selected champagne when purchasing a Sunday lunch for 4 guests.

A non-transferable Platinum Pass giving unlimited First Class travel (when available) on the SVR for the holder and up to three guests, 10% off Charter Train Hire and Footplate Experience Days, plus an online voucher for 2 free bottles of selected champagne when purchasing a Sunday lunch for 4 guests. An invitation for two guests to attend the Gala Lunch with the Chairman and other VIP guests

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