A fun competition, great prizes, exhibitions and activities are set to keep children occupied at the Severn Valley Railway this half-term holiday.
Children can enter our Half Term Quiz, to draw and colour a steam train, find the railway-themed words in the grid and complete names of some of the stations, places and attractions along the line.
Prizes include an Annual Family Pass to the Railway, worth £95, and family tickets.
The Engine House Visitor Centre at Highley will be packed with a range of family-friendly activities – the brand new Great Train Robbery exhibition will suit inquisitive minds of all ages. Budding young postmen can help sort the mail in the Royal Mail carriage, while adults can learn about all the detail of one of the 20th century’s most infamous crimes.
What’s more visitors can climb up onto an engine and feel what it’s like to sit in the driver’s seat in one of the full-size locomotives on display at The Engine House, whilst youngsters can let off steam on the railway-themed outdoor play area.
The SVR’s resident locomotives will be in steam throughout the holiday to take passengers along the famous line from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth, offering chances for families to hop on and off along the route.
Our 'all steam' timetable B operates on most dates throughout the school half term holiday. On May 25th, 26th & 27th and June 1st timetable C is in operation.
Timetable 'B' and 'C' are our peak services when we operate three steam-hauled trains throughout the day. Additionally a diesel operated service is included with timetable 'C'.
So why not bring the family for a great day out. Don't forget our new Annual Family Pass, which at only £95.00 for two adults and up to four children, is just the ticket for many happy returns (must be purchased in advance, conditions apply).
Why not try one of our suggestions below for a great day out.
Class 37 diesel locomotive No. 37109 arrived on the railway on Tuesday 21st May and will remain with us for the Diesel Enthusiasts Gala on October 3rd, 4th & 5th.
The locomotive, normally based on the East Lancashire Railway, is owned by a SVR and Diesel Traction Group member.
It is planned for it to be in use Mon 3rd - Fri 7th June [table A], Sat 10th August [table C] and Mon 9th - Fri 13th Sept [table A].
No. 37109 will be a useful addition to our diesel fleet during the busy summer months.
PHOTO BY MATT ROBINSON.
Our popular Footplate Experience Courses operate on selected dates throughout the year.
We are pleased to announce some additional dates that have recently been added to the programme as follows:
Steam Supreme - Autumn Specials - £595.00
Introductory Footplate Experience Christmas Specials - £250.00
not book a place on 'The Flying Scotswoman', for a short
Footplate Experience from Bewdley to Kidderminster or reverse.
particularly intended for the lady in your life, men and couples are also welcome
to book places on this special occasion.
Our new 'Lunch & Sticky Pudding' service operates on all Bank Holiday Mondays throughout the season.
This service operates on:
Travel in the comfort of our Observation Saloons and enjoy 'Lunch & Sticky Pudding' on the move on the following departure:
Bridgnorth - 12.40pm.
Ideal for small groups of up to 10 people.
The Observation Saloon also serves cream teas on the following departures:
Kidderminster - 10.35am and 2.15pm.
Bridgnorth - 4.35pm.
Advance booking is strong advised. Seats may be available on the day on a 'first come, first served' basis.
Join us for an evening of mystery and suspense and enjoy a delicious three course meal whilst the plot unfolds before your eyes!
Dine in fine style as you travel through the magnificent Severn Valley on board an authentic steam-hauled train. Experience the camaraderie and shock of fellow passengers as murder takes place before your very eyes!
You are invited to assist as we bring the guilty to justice!
Seats on Murder Mystery trains can now be booked online. Should the train of your choice not be listed please call Restaurant Car Services to check.
All Murder Mystery trains depart at 7.30pm from Kidderminster station.
Updated: March 26th.
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We expect that the following locomotives will be in use on the dates indicated.
Please note that for operational reasons, this plan is subject to
change at short notice and may also include the substitution of a diesel
locomotive if no steam locomotive is available.
This information is usually updated on Thursday or Friday of each week.
The Severn Valley Railway is home to an important collection of steam and heritage diesel locomotives.
Not all locomotives are in service at any one time, but the following
comprehensive list provides an indication of the current status of each
locomotive usually resident on the line.
The SVR does not guarantee that a particular locomotive will be
available to view on the day of your visit, however, operational
locomotives and their expected usage are listed in a separate news item
which is updated every Friday.
During the summer months we operate timetable C on Saturdays, certain Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays.
A diesel locomotive, in addition to our normal steam service, operates as follows:
There is also a diesel loco in operation when we operate table A as follows:
locomotives are listed below. This list is regularly updated but is
subject to change, for operational reasons, at short notice.
locomotives are also used to operate our Diesel Footplate Experience
courses which take place on certain Sundays. These trains are not
available for public use. The locomotive used on these services will usually be the same one operating on the preceding Saturday.
Our Diesel Enthusiasts Gala
takes place on
October 3rd, 4th & 5th.
on all three days.
The Severn Valley Railway is grateful for the use of photographs and other pictorial material freely supplied by the following enthusiasts and photographers.
These pictures may appear here on our website or in various SVR publications.
We are also grateful to the many photographers who provide material from time to time and for which we have no record of ownership.
If you regularly take photographs of our trains and stations and would like your work considered for publication please contact our Visitor Services Department.
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PHOTO BY LEWIS MADDOX