A Day out on the Severn Valley Railway

I have recently spent 2 different days at the Severn Valley Railway and had a fantastic time on both occasions! The railway runs from Kidderminster, where the mainline network joins this historical steam railway, to Bridgnorth, snaking along the banks of the River Severn, including a stretch through the West Midlands Safari Park – always a thrill to see elephants or rhinos from the train window!

This is photo of me on the footplate yesterday afternoon – I had been helping run a stall in aid of Severn Hospice for the very successful Ladies Day organised by the SVR and my friend Sue very kindly organised for me to stand in the engine! It was so hot – if you are planning to treat someone to one of the very popular ‘Footplate Experience’ days I suggest you go for a cooler month than July!

A couple of weeks before I had travelled the entire route with Crooked Steeple Morris, getting off the train to dance at some of the stations! Unfortunately it was the hottest day of the year so dancing was quite a strain but we had a great day out! All the stations are beautifully presented with colourful borders and baskets and authentic props to set the scene. Many of the stations have been used as film sets so it is interesting to try and spot landmarks!