On the evening of the 4th August, the Severn Valley Railway and Kidderminster Railway Museum
are taking the liberty of running a re-creation of the Fifteen Guinea
Special - the last steam hauled service to operate on British Railways in 1968.
You will have to use your imagination, as it will not be leaving
Liverpool Lime Street, nor will it be going over the Settle and Carlisle.
However, it will be leaving Kidderminster and going over the Eardington
banks! It will also be leaving a week earlier than it should!
The train leaves Kidderminster at 7.30pm and runs non-stop to Bridgnorth where there will
be time to sample the Bathams or wander round the station before returning to
Kidderminster and arriving back at 10.35pm. It will be hauled by Black 5
45231 (subject to availability) and using the maroon BR Mark 1 set of
On board we will be offering for a limited number the same fare
as was available fifty years ago. The menu included cold meats, salads
and pickles, bread and butter, preserves, pastries and tea. The cost of a ticket on this bit of
re-created nostalgia (it is meant to be a bit of fun) is, believe it or not,
Fifteen Guineas. Now this represents a considerable saving on the normal
round trip from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth, but it also represents a huge
saving in terms of inflation. Fifteen Guineas in 1968 is about the
equivalent of £272.39 today - so just think what you are saving. The cost
of the high tea will be an additional £10 (optional).