On Saturday 1st August the Severn Valley Railway, one of the UK’s premier heritage railways, reopened, after over 4 months closed due to the coronavirus shutdown.
The Severn Valley Railway is one of the premier heritage railways in the UK, and one of the best known. Many people don’t realise that the original railway ran much further, from the heritage lines current terminus in Bridgnorth, under the town to Ironbridge and ultimately Shrewsbury. Opened in 1862, and already scheduled for closure… Read More Severn Valley Railway – the disused section
The SVR Autumn Gala features goods trains and all night running of passenger trains. Due to a few operational issues the goods ended up waiting, as just like in steam days, passengers had priority over general goods. This one ended up sitting in Bewdley station as the light faded.
Probably the biggest annual heritage railway gala in the UK, with up to tweleve locos in steam, overnight running, goods trains, art exhibitions and lots more. Thousands of rail enthusiasts from all over Britain attend, many trains are standing room only. Here’s a few images from Friday evening and Saturday morning, before the crowds gather.
More from the Spring Gala. It’s all made possible by a small army of volunteers doing all manner of jobs from prepping locos to checking the permanent way, and clearing it all up at the end. I first worked on preserved locos at age 13, and It’s always great to see how many of the… Read More Severn Valley Spring Gala part 2
Here’s a few images from the Severn Valley Railway’s spring Gala. Lots of tank engines, a busy service, even a goods train rattling through the stations. Plus loads of stalls, real ale bars and more. On all weekend. More at the SVR website
Visitors to the Severn Valley Railway were surprised to find dragons unexpectedly lurking on the platforms a couple of weeks ago. They were with their fearless dragon handlers, two delightful Victorian ladies who were about to set off to the far corners of the earth to find more of these rare creatures, so yours truly… Read More Caution! Dragons!
Part of my day job is dealing in books, which includes maps, ephemera and so on, so of course that includes some railway items. An unexpected find last year was an early drivers log book from the Severn Valley Railway, dated 1971. Here’s a couple of pages for your perusal. The original, after viewing by… Read More Early preservation preserved
There’s a gorgeous set of LNER teak carriages on the Severn Valley Railway in regular use. Built in the 1920’s, they were designed by Sir Nigel Gresley for LNER mainline services. Here’s a few shots that gives an idea of the attention to detail and quality of workmanship that went into these elegant, refined and… Read More A Study in Teak