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Preserving the Railway for future generations

With heritage engineering skills inevitably declining, in 2013 the Severn Valley Railway took a pioneering step and established the Heritage Skills Training Academy.

Now in its fourth year, the Academy is going from strength to strength as it develops and nurtures the SVR's team of apprentices. There are currently eight young people at different stages in their training, working across the various departments of the Railway. The apprentices attend college for their formal studies, but as they progress they increasingly work and learn alongside experienced engineers on the shop floor to acquire the essential skills of locomotive fitting, boiler making, carriage joinery, maintenance and restoration as well as the restoration of heritage buildings. 

The HSTA attracts interest and donations from a variety of sources, and is a funding priority for the Charitable Trust. In the past year, 96% of the HSTA's funding has come from the Charitable Trust.

The Railway firmly believes that its apprentices are the heritage engineers of tomorrow, and that they'll play an essential part in the SVR’s survival and future security. We are extremely grateful for your donations and continued support.

Can you help to develop the heritage engineers of the future? Please donate online.


"As apprentices, we rotate round the different departments every few months. Right now I'm in the paint shop working on both metal and wood parts. Soon I'm hoping to improve my carpentry skills when I work in the upholstery section. I love that there is always something new to do and learn."

Emma Harrison

"After volunteering for the SVR for seven years I've turned my hobby into a career. I chose the apprenticeship here because I have a large passion for railways and the SVR in particular. I love coming to work, in fact it hardly feels like a job."

Alan Brookes


You'll find more information in our Heritage Skills Training Academy brochure.

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