We're celebrating steam locomotive's No. 2857's 100th birthday!
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Built in 1918, heavy freight engine No. 2857 was a member of the 28xx class which were unquestionably the most technically advanced in Britain for their time. The first member of the class was built in 1903, and locomotives of this general design continued to be produced until 1942 and hauled most of the long-distance heavy goods trains on the GWR and the Western Region of British Railways for sixty years.
The centenary weekend will see up to two goods train in operation alongside our passenger services each day; showcasing the changing face of freight traffic from the 20th century, right through to the modern day on Britain's railways.
- Two goods train in service over the weekend, featuring: Great Western Railway heritage goods train hauled by No. 2857 and a Class 66 modern freight (with thanks to GBRf).
- The heritage goods trains will feature some of the more than one hundred goods wagons based on the Railway, dating from the 1880s to the 1980s, which include examples from all four post-grouping railways, plus many pre-grouping, private owner and BR wagons.
- Vintage commercial road vehicles on display along the line, including Mechanical Horses.
- Special evening dining train hauled by No. 2857 (Saturday only).
- Brake van rides on the heritage goods train.
- Bewdley Yard open for visits.
- Beer tent at Bewdley.
- Cavell Van on display at Arley.
- Parcel loading and unloading at Arley.
- The Coalyard Miniature Railway at Kidderminster will be operating some mini freight trains.
- Eardington 150 - we're also celebrating Eardington Halt's 150th birthday, Our best kept secret, the little station will be open to the public on both days with various special attractions, including; vintage cars,
oil lamp displays in the lamp room, velocipede demos with 'have a go' sessions and
historical talks. Please note, trains do not stop here.
Brake Van Rides
Take a ride on our heritage goods train on-board the brake van. The brake van will be situated next to the locomotive, so not only will you have great views of the Railway, you'll also have the (loud) soundtrack of 100 year-old No. 2857 steaming along the Valley.
Tickets are available on the following trains for £15pp (excluding rail fare):
- Kidderminster departures: 10.30am & 2.35pm.
- Bridgnorth departures: 12.50pm & 5.00pm (to Bewdley only).
There are only 6 tickets per trip, so book quick to avoid disappointment!
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Evening Dining Train
To celebrate No. 2857's 100th birthday, the centenarian will haul a special dining train on Saturday 2nd June.
Departing Kidderminster at 7.30pm after a welcoming glass of fizz,
settle down in our luxurious restaurant cars for a three-course meal,
followed by tea and coffee, as the sun begins to set.
Tickets are available for £40pp (plus travel).
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|Annual Family Pass valid. Children: 4 - 15 years, Family: 2 adults + 2, 3 or 4 children, Seniors: 60+.
To qualify for 'pre-book & save' prices these tickets
must be purchased at least five working days in advance of your visit.
Tickets may also be purchased at the same price by calling 01562 757900
(option 1). These tickets are not available for purchase from booking
offices in advance.
All pre-booked tickets are subject to a £1.75 booking fee.
These tickets include FREE admission to The Engine House, our Visitor Centre at Highley.
TICKETS WILL BE DISPATCHED BY POST.
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