Paul Fathers

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Paul Fathers was born in June 1954 and is a volunteer and one of the SVR's former Chairmen.

Officerships on the SVRSevern Valley Railway

  • He was a member of the SVR(H) Board until 30 June 1995 and between 1997 and 2003. He was appointed Chairman 1999-2002.
  • He was Director of the then-SVRSevern Valley Railway Rolling Stock Trust between 2001 and 2012. He became a Trustee of Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust Ltd in April 2019.
Paul was a Director between 2007-2008 and 2009-2020 of The Ironbridge Railway Trust, which is independent from the SVRSevern Valley Railway. Its charitable objects include to develop, construct, preserve, operate the railway between Buildwas and Bridgnorth via Ironbridge, connecting to the existing Severn Valley Railway.[1]

Other notable involvement

Paul was the Project Manager and fundraiser for the Kidderminster Carriage Shed which was completed in 2000. He completed two successful applications for Heritage Lottery funding for both the carriage shed and The Engine House at Highley, purchasing the land for the latter at auction on behalf of the SVRSevern Valley Railway.

In December 2010 he was a leading proponent of an attempt to build a two-road shed for the storage of up to 50 wagons on the course of the trackbed of the Stourport Branch. This failed when the HLFHeritage Lottery Fund (National Lottery Heritage Fund from 2019) turned down an application for funding.[2]

He was a member of the Bewdley Turntable Fund’s Committee that was instrumental in purchasing and installing the turntable at Kidderminster.

He has been a driver on the SVRSevern Valley Railway since 1977 and on 13 April 2015 he drove 7812 Erlestoke Manor on a special train to celebrate 50 years of the SVRSevern Valley Railway.

He became Chairman of The Erlestoke Manor Fund in October 2018. As of 2021 he is a trustee of The GWR 813 Preservation Fund and Secretary of the Bridgnorth Turntable Fund, responsible for purchasing the ex-Bristol, Bath Road turntable.

See also


  1. Charity Commission (retrieved 4 January 2017)
  2. Fathers, P., SVR Forum 10 December 2010 (Retrieved 4 January 2018


SVR Charitable Trust trustees