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Open House Weekend

Model railways exhibitions and behind closed doors tours!

April 8th & 9th

Open House Weekend

The return of our popular model railway exhibition, alongside opportunities for you to see what goes on behind closed doors! A special weekend for our supporters, volunteers and potential volunteers.

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Featuring model railways, behind the scenes tours, and a whole host of other attractions up and down the line, there's plenty to see both on and off the rails!

Attractions include:

  • Intensive train service, featuring Pannier Tank No. 7714 on local services.
  • Bridgnorth Locomotive Works and Bewdley Yard, as well as Bridgnorth, Bewdley North and Kidderminster Signalboxes will be open for visits.
  • Up to 30 model railway layouts on display in Kidderminster Diesel Depot and The Engine House, Highley.
  • Visiting South African Railway's 15F 'Roxane' operating on The Coalyard Miniature Railway at Kidderminster (additional charge applies).
  • Paddock Railway at Hampton Loade in steam on Sunday.
  • On-train Cream Tea Service
  • Class 50 Footplate Experiences at Kidderminster Station.
  • All-new model shop at The Engine House, Highley, with loads of great deals on our range of Bachmann products.
Whilst this weekend has a special emphasis on supporting the Severn Valley Railway, we also warmly welcome other visitors to join us.

Model Railways include:

Chollerford - '00' gauge layout based on Humshaugh Station which was situated on the former Border Counties/North British line from Hexham to Riccarton Jcn. With thanks to David Milford.

Oakenshaw - a fictitious West Yorkshire mill town set in the 1960s somewhere near to the real town of Keighley on the Airedale line. With thanks to Redditch MRC.

Castel Del Monte - based on the old 75cm narrow gauge railway that ran between Girona and Sant Feliu in Spain, the layout features scratch-built steam locomotives n a village station scene. With thanks to Keith Thompson.

The Abingdon Branch - an attractive '00' gauge layout inspired by its namesake, The Abingdon Branch has a great deal of operational and modelling interest. With thanks to Ivan Cadge.

Werrington Road - a small modern image layout depicting part of a steel works and the branch line along the grassy embankment that serves it. With thanks to Neil Favell.

Franwood TMD - '00' gauge fictional modern traction depot based loosely in the Black Country area of the West Midlands, operating traction from the 1970s to 1990s. With thanks to Neil Woodbine.

Barnstoneworth - set in deepest West Yorkshire, the branch line train arrives at the station passing through the town, football pitch and tunnel. With thanks to Edward Farms.

Little Aller Junction - running mostly diesel-hauled trains, the Junction is situated between two tunnels, so there's lots to see. With thanks to Chris Morris.

Ashburton - depicting the much-missed terminus of the Great Western Railway's branchline along the River Dart from Totnes to Ashburton. With thanks to Tony Minchin.

Illie Town TMD - modern image layout, including a two platform station, depot, ballast siding, steel warehouse and fuel point, you may even catch a glimpse of a Class 172/2! With thanks to Keith & Aaron Smith.

Thornton Gate Tramway - scratch built 'N' gauge prototypical Blackpool tramway layout, based on Blackpool's former P'way sidings. With thanks to Tom Williamson.

Trinity Dock Street Bridge - it's a dark, dank and dismal February morning in 1939 as the small locomotives are hauling trains around the old town docks in Hull. With thanks to Gavin Rose.

Burford - a 1930s 'HO' gauge Cotswold GWR branchline, built in the 1930s, and reworked in the 1970s! With thanks to Warley MRC.

Hergest - a secondary interchange between the standard and narrow gauge railways serving Hergest on the GWR Leominster to New Radnor branch. With thanks to Peter Cullen.

Bowlegget Manor - '009' gauge layout in the grounds of Bowlegget Manor, with passengers being carried through the old quarry on the estate. With thanks to Peter Cullen.

Brandeight - depicting all that remains of a 2ft 3in gauge light railway built by a late 19th Century industrialist and now running as a heritage railway. With thanks to Peter Hardy.

Bradford City Road - a busy terminus station with a large canopy, reached through soot-stained stone high retaining walls in a typical West Yorkshire urban scene. With thanks to David Harris.

Timber Valley - set somewhere in the Valleys of Yorkshire; the local community work at the sawmill, the branchline heads off into the hills and the station takes passengers to the mainline. With thanks to Dale Gillard.

Bournville Shed - running trains from 1939 through to the closure of the shed in 1960, the layout includes a number of recognisable features from the Birmingham West Suburban Railway. With thanks to Bournville MRC.

Todmorden Midland - 'N' gauge West Yorkshire terminus set  in the 1950s with steam and diesel. With thanks to Ed Purcell.

Badgers Quay - GWR/Southern Railway terminus station next to the harbour, modelled in '00' gauge. With thanks to Roy Peddar.

St Andrews Road - making one of its first exhibition apperances; a 1960s BR London Midland region motive power depot with branchline. With thanks to Ben Davies.

Earl's Court - an LMS and GWR joint station in the London Suburbs, featuring commuter and passenger trains pasing through and alongside the parcels depot and dairy. With thanks to Terence Tew.

Meres & Mosses - based upon Ellesmere Wharf; a ‘009’ narrow gauge layout connecting the Wharf, via the Mere to Whixall Moss’s peat workings. With thanks to Ellesmere Model Railway Club.

Stoney Hill West - a fictional location in southern Ontario served by the Canadian Pacific Railway in the 1990's with a small freight yard served, engine depot and factory sidings accessed from the yard. With thanks to Chris Round.

Black Road - '0' gauge live-steam fictitious preserved railway, operated by a fleet of small industrial locomotives; featuring Pecketts, Hudswell Clarkes and many more. With thanks to Brian Caton.

Studley & Astwood Bank - the countryside by-way in the steam and diesel era on a 'U' shaped layout. With thanks to Steve Monk.

Studmouth Cliff Railway - entering the model railway circuit in 2017, the arduino-controlled OO-scale funicular railway is being built by a father and son team and is like nothing else attending the event. With thanks to Nicholas Bond.

Harbourne - a truncanted Western Region branch in the 1970s hanging on to survival. Freight is varied and there is a sparse passenger service in the hands of DMUs. With thanks to Shaun Greet.

Class 50 Footplate Experiences

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of The Fifty Fund and the 25th Anniversary of their association with the Severn Valley Railway, we have joined forces to offer you the chance to have a taste of what it is like to drive a Class 50 diesel-electric locomotive.

The Experience includes:

  • Guided tour of a locomotive so you become familiar with its construction, the major components and the driving controls.
  • The chance to drive the locomotive for half a mile, and ride in the rear cab for a further half mile on a trip from Kidderminster Station to the Carriage Shed and return.
  • Opportunity for one guest to accompany the driver in the cab during the session.

The sessions, running from 10am - 4.30pm on Saturday, and 10am - 3.30pm on Sunday, can be pre-booked in advance for £25 per person, or purchased on the day at £30 per person, on a first come first served basis. All proceeds will go towards the upkeep of The Fifity Fund's locomotives and Kidderminster Diesel Depot.

For more information, full terms and conditions, and to book, please visit The Fifity Fund's website.

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All attractions & exhibits are subject to availability.

Important Information:

  • During the event, parking at Bridgnorth will be extremely limited due to the ongoing redevelopment of the station. Passengers must plan their parking arrangements in advance to avoid frustration on the day.

Click here to book   Members: Book here   Annual Family Pass Valid

Normal fares apply
Booking fee
Pre-book & save
£18.80  £17.30 £12.00 £52.00  £1.75 per booking
Purchased on the day
 Other information

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.
These tickets include FREE admission to The Engine House, our Visitor Centre at Highley.


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