The Severn Valley Railway means different things to different people. For elderly visitors, a trip down memory lane. For families and younger travellers, an involving educational experience in how things were. For many volunteers, they appreciate the worthwhile activities and interest that the Railway brings into their daily lives. Local businesses value the contribution that the Railway makes to the economy and employment in the area.
They all share one thing in common: the enjoyment that is to be had by being surrounded by the evocative sights, smells and sounds of a bustling heritage railway. The smiles on the faces of everyone down the line are testament to the fun of simply riding on a train.
The cost of the day-to-day running of the Severn Valley Railway is covered thanks to the Railway’s 1,300 volunteers and a small group of paid staff who help generate the daily income from passenger fares, the shops and catering outlets. However, to maintain the ageing infrastructure and rolling stock the Railway now needs to raise money.
To ensure it can continue to provide children, adults and enthusiasts with an authentic experience of the Golden Age of travel, the Trustees and I are committed to securing the funding needed for this important programme.
Ultimately the ambition is to have the Severn Valley Railway recognised as the leading Heritage Railway in the UK. I believe that we would not be doing justice to the pioneers who have brought the Railway this far, if we did not keep this pioneering spirit alive and continue their work for the benefit of future generations.
That is why I am personally delighted to be contributing my own time and money to the Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust.
Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust Ltd
Number One, Comberton Place, Kidderminster, DY10 1QR Registered Charity Number: 1092723