Saturday, 4 February 2012

Severn Valley Railway celebrates 150th anniversary

Severn Valley Railway celebrates 150th anniversary

A little article from the B.B.C. here marking 150 years since the opening of the Severn Valley line which ran from Kidderminster to Shrewsbury.

Today the line is home to the Severn Valley Railway, one of the most popular and frequently-travelled heritage lines in the country, with both steam and diesel-electric locomotives running between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth.  Both the railway and the nearby Kidderminster Railway Museum have been putting on events to celebrate this milestone and it looks like the SVR will continue to be around for many years to come.

After the Beeching Cuts of the early 1960s so many branch lines were closed, so it is wonderful to see one of them prove to be so successful today, attracting tourists and vintage/railway enthusiasts from near and far.


The work of the SVR and the Kidderminster Railway Museum in helping to keep these splendid trains running is to be applauded and the period detail displayed at the stations is delightful.  It is my hope that one day I shall be able to experience a journey on the line myself.  Until then, Happy Birthday SVR!

3 comments:

  1. It is great that a railroad can celebrate 150 years! Is is still possible to get rides on a train pulled by the old steamers?

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    1. It is indeed, Bill! There are a great many preserved steam locomotives still working and pulling carriages on heritage lines in this country, including the SVR.

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  2. It's great to see these trasins still in use, fab! X

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