Severn Valley Railway Timeline 2010-2019
Significant events in the history of the Severn Valley Railway in preservation between 2010 and the present date are set out below.
2010 saw the 40th anniversary of the official opening of the SVRSevern Valley Railway. Two ‘must-do’ engineering projects were in progress, an overhaul of the Bridgnorth By-pass Bridge which had been deferred at the time of the 2007 storm damage, and installation of the wheel-drop at Bridgnorth which required a 12,000 cubic foot hole to be dug in the locomotive works.
2010 also became ‘the year of the tender’. The axles on 43106’s tender had suffered damage in the derailment the previous year, but the locomotive was returned to service after the Strathspey Railway kindly loaned the axles from the tender of 46512 which was not in service at the time. Next came a broken spring hanger bracket on 7812 Erlestoke Manor’s tender, temporarily resolved by a loan from the Foxcote Manor Group at Llangollen while new castings were made. Finally 42968 suffered wheel flats on the tender, and resumed service using the tender from Black 5 45110 which was brought back from Barrow Hill where the locomotive was on static display.
Other legacies of the derailment saw the SVRSevern Valley Railway invest in more sophisticated locomotive weighing equipment to ensure the correct adjustment of locomotive and tender springs, and the acquisition of a Track Data Recording Device, a simple three-wheeled lightweight unit to measure track conditions such as twist, superelevation, gauge, gradient and rail condition.
- New points were installed at Hampton Loade to replace those damaged in the derailment the previous autumn. Services from Kidderminster terminated at Highley while the work took place.
- On 23 February the internal enquiry team's report into the previous year's Hampton Loade derailment was presented to the SVR(H) Board. The recommendations were accepted in full. These included responsibility for safety residing solely with SVRSevern Valley Railway(H) rather than the Joint Board, reviewing the SMSSafety Management System and insituting an audit procedure to ensure compliance.
- Visitors at the Spring ‘Reunion’ Gala were 61994 The Great Marquess (in BRBritish Rail or British Railways Black livery), BRBritish Rail or British Railways Standard 2MTThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic. 2-6-0 No 78019 (which had never steamed while at the SVRSevern Valley Railway), GWRGreat Western Railway 0-6-0PT No 5786 which had spent 10 months on the SVRSevern Valley Railway in 1969/70, and GWRGreat Western Railway 0-6-2T No 6695 after winter work at Bridgnorth.
- On 21 April E6005 (73005) left the SVRSevern Valley Railway by road. It had suffered an axle bearing fault and seized turbo around 2005.
- On 24 April DEMU 1001 operated Hastings Diesels Limited’s 'Severn Explorer' railtour from Hastings to Bridgnorth.
- On 26 April a Network Rail test train was used to check the full length of the line for track twists and dipped rail joints. Those found were dealt with by the P.W.Permanent Way staff.
- On 28 April D3022 conducted a big shunt at The Engine House with LMS 798 Royal Coach being moved in.
- 43106 hauled the 40th anniversary special.
- 42968 became the first locomotive to use the new wheel-drop ‘in anger’, with the rear driving wheels being removed to attend to wear in the axle boxes.
- 'Kids for a Quid' offered £1 fares for children from 24 July to 31 August. Ticket Treats for Grown-Ups offered reduced price off-peak travel during July.
- The Ffestiniog Railway’s 1' 11½" gauge 1863 locomotive No 2 ‘Prince’ was on display in The Engine House.
- The locomotive fleet was again ‘one short’ for the summer peak service, resulting in the hire of GWR 2884 Class 3802 from Llangollen, utilising 7822 'Foxcote Manor's' tender to save transport costs.
- A Q&A session on 21 August reported the recession had truly hit; in the first six months of the year SVR Passenger numbers were 13% down and all departments were asked to economise as much as possible. The Railway Magazine reported the SVRSevern Valley Railway was set to make redundancies.
- The railway pulled in more than 30 prospective new guards from a special recruiting day on 14 August.
- The Autumn ‘Anniversary’ Gala saw three former resident locomotives revisiting; 3205 (which hauled the first train on opening day 40 years earlier), 45690 Leander and 3717 City of Truro. GWRGreat Western Railway ‘Small PrairieLocomotive with a 2-6-2 wheel configuration’ 5542 and SRSouthern Railway Bullied un-rebuilt West Country Class No 34070 Manston also took part.
- 8-9 October saw a ‘Railcar Reunion’. Visiting diesel railcars varied in age from the oldest active BRBritish Rail or British Railways diesel unit in preservation, the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway’s BRBritish Rail or British Railways ‘Lightweight’ unit M79900 of 1956, to the youngest, pioneer ‘Sprinter’ 3-car set 150 001 of 1984 which was still in use by London Midland at the time.
- 686 The Lady Armaghdale was moved into The Engine House on 18 October, having been repainted into the red livery of her second owners, ICI Limited.
November 2010 There were no trains to/from Bridgnorth during November, due to track re-laying on Eardington bank.
- Exceptionally cold weather up to and over Christmas caused difficulties for Boxing Day re-opening. Despite engines having remained lit up over the fortnight and heated where possible, 7802 suffered a fracture in an injector delivery pipe prior to departing Bewdley MPDMotive Power Depot that morning, its place on the first train of the day taken by 42968 after the tender brake cylinder and water feed pipes were defrosted by means of oily rags, alight, and wrapped around the ends of pallet wood! 43106 suffered a shattered piston and broken cylinder cover attributed to the cold weather. 42968 ran the service alone that day and during the course of it clocked up 100,000 miles in preservation.
- 46443 was in the shed for two weeks and actually became stuck to the ground by icicles.
- The HLFHeritage Lottery Fund (National Lottery Heritage Fund from 2019) rejected a bid for funds for a wagon shed
- On 20 January 2011, thieves broke into Bridgnorth Boiler Shop and stole a quantity of copper worth approximately £70,000.
- Work began on two major infrastructure upgrades. At Arley Station the track was re-laid with improved drainage being installed, while the platforms were also re-faced. At Bewdley South (Sandbourne) viaduct the track bed was removed to reveal the top of the brick arches, which were lined to make them waterproof. Both jobs were completed in time for re-opening in late March. The P.W.Permanent Way staff also carried out major track renewals between Sterns and Hay Bridge and between Victoria Bridge and Arley.
- 7802 Bradley Manor’s firebox was deemed unfit for further service, 8 months before its boiler certificate was due to expire.
- On 6 March 40 workers from the national stationery and office supplies retailer Ryman, dressed as nuns in traditional black habits, pulled D8059 over a short section of track as part of a bid to raise £10,000 for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day. The Nuns on the Pull (Planes, Trains and Automobiles) charity day pulled an aeroplane 100 yards at East Midlands Airport before moving to the SVRSevern Valley Railway to pull the locomotive 100 yards along the track.
- On 11 March the new wheeldrop at Bridgnorth Loco Works was officially opened in the presence of invited guests, including representatives from First Group and Heritage Railway Awards.
- On 24 March boiler SVR1 was dispatched to the Talyllyn Railway at Tywyn. This was the first new boiler to be completed by the SVRSevern Valley Railway and the first boiler completed in Bridgnorth for nearly two hundred years. It was fitted to Talyllyn Railway No 2 Dolgoch.
- No Spring Steam Gala had taken place due to the engineering work. Plans for an Easter re-visit by 60163 Tornado were thwarted when the locomotive failed in late 2010 with boiler issues. Easter instead saw a ‘Postman Pat’ event at The Engine House.
- 43106 re-entered service following repairs to the damaged piston.
- Sharp Stewart 0-4-4T ‘Dunrobin’ arrived at Bridgnorth for a quotation for overhaul costs on behalf of the Beamish Railway Museum. The locomotive had recently been repatriated from Canada.
- The NRMThe Railway Museum, formerly the National Railway Museum’s Midland Compound No 1000 left the SVRSevern Valley Railway. The locomotive had been on display in The Engine House since it opened in 2008.
- Ian Riley’s 'Black 5s' Nos 45407 and 44871 and Class 26 No. 5310 made an appearance at the 1960s event.
- The SVRSevern Valley Railway ran a special train on 1 June with proceeds going to help the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway, which had suffered two successive embankment collapses. The GWSRGloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (Commonly known as the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway) was one of the railways which had come to the aid of the SVRSevern Valley Railway following the flood damage in 2007.
- Members of the cast of the TV series 'Allo 'Allo were interviewed prior to 2011 Severn Valley Railway 1940s weekend.
- BRBritish Rail or British Railways Standard 9FThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic. 2-10-0 No 92212 from the Mid Hants Railway became the third summer hire-in in three years, working services in July and August. The SVRSevern Valley Railway’s new policy of weighing new locomotives on arrival (another legacy of the derailment) revealed two broken springs, which slightly delayed the entry into service.
- The Bewdley Carriage & Wagon Works won a contract job to finish paint Mike Little’s GWRGreat Western Railway Auto Coach No 238 ‘Chaffinch’. Mike Little’s locomotive No 1450 and his two Auto Coaches later moved to the SVRSevern Valley Railway in 2014.
- 2857 re-entered service after a lengthy overhaul.
- From 23 July to 4 September advance purchase 'Summer Saver Tickets' gave a saving of 20% off the normal ‘Freedom of the Line’ price.
- There was confusion over expansion plans. Local press reported the SVRSevern Valley Railway could be extended and new stations built under ambitious multi-million pound plans. Quoting Nick Ralls, SVRSevern Valley Railway general manager, it reported the SVRSevern Valley Railway was considering “very aspirational” proposals that could be 20 years away to provide a link from Bridgnorth to the Ironbridge Gorge. A clarification followed shortly thereafter ruling out an extension, but confirmed that SVR(H) had agreed to look again at the concept.
- Autumn Steam Gala guests were 6024 King Edward I (deputising for ‘Blue King’ 6023 King Edward II which was unavailable), GWRGreat Western Railway Large PrairieLocomotive with a 2-6-2 wheel configuration 4160 (deputising for 5029 Nunney Castle also unavailable), Caledonian Railway McIntoshJohn Farquharson McIntosh, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Caledonian Railway 1895-1914 812 3FThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic. no 828 (BRBritish Rail or British Railways 57566) making a first visit in preservation to an English railway, and 60163 Tornado whose boiler had been repaired in Germany during the summer. Summer hire-in 9FThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic. 92212 also took part. By public demand a new evening fare was introduced for travel on trains between 6.00pm and midnight.
- Phil Brown was appointed to the vacant post of Operations Manager, coming from the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway where he was Deputy Operating Manager.
- BRBritish Rail or British Railways Standard Tank No 80072 arrived on hire from Llangollen to help with the Santa Special services.
- The major engineering project for the winter began, involving installing new drainage and track in and adjacent to Bewdley Tunnel. The work took 6 weeks, with the last tamping being finished at 9.00pm on the evening before the line re-opened on 11 February. The line was subject to a 10mph restriction for the next 3 months while further work took place, including welding the rails to reduce future maintenance.
- ‘The Peoples Engine’ 46443 retired from service with boiler superheater header issues.
- Crewe announced a decision to use the boiler from BarryWoodham Brothers Scrapyard, Barry, South Wales. The source of many locomotives now in preservation. 10 locomotive 4115 for 6634, rather than the locomotive’s own boiler. From this point on, SVRSevern Valley Railway News consistently advised ‘No further progress to report’.
- The Midland Railway Centre, Butterley’s LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway Jinty 47327 appeared as ‘Thomas’ for two weekends in March and April.
- Guy Martin was filmed helping overhaul PrairieLocomotive with a 2-6-2 wheel configuration Tank 5164 for the series 'How Britain Worked'.
- The Spring Steam Gala saw a predominantly LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway theme with 5 guests; LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway GresleySir Nigel Gresley, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London & North Eastern Railway 1923-1941 A4 PacificLocomotive with a 4-6-2 wheel configuration 60019 Bittern appearing in LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway livery complete with 'valances' for the first time in preservation, LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway WorsdellThomas William Worsdell, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Eastern Railway 1881-1885 and North Eastern Railway 1885-1890 E1 J72 69023 ‘Joem’, GresleySir Nigel Gresley, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London & North Eastern Railway 1923-1941 N2 Class GNRGreat Northern Railway 1744, Caledonian Railway McIntoshJohn Farquharson McIntosh, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Caledonian Railway 1895-1914 812 class No 828 which had been re-wheeled following work over the winter, and LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway FowlerHenry Fowler, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Midland Railway 1909-1923, and of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway 1923-1933 3FThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic. Jinty No 47406. The recently completed restoration of LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway Restaurant Car 7960 allowed Bittern to haul a rake of 8 GresleySir Nigel Gresley, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London & North Eastern Railway 1923-1941 Teak coaches, a preservation first.
- Although 2857 had only entered service a year earlier, a decision was reluctantly made to lift the boiler to resolve an ongoing issue with leaking stays.
- On 13 April the Parliamentary All-Party Rail Heritage Group enjoyed a day at the railway.
- The two Thomas weekends attracted 7,424 passengers.
- A number of locomotive exhibits were re-arranged in the Engine House. Pannier 7714 left to begin an overhaul at Bridgnorth, while the Royal Mail TPOTravelling Post Office returned. Jinty 47383, 4930 Hagley Hall and 600 Gordon moved to the ‘back’ road, while 8FThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic. 48773 was turned and moved to the ‘front’ road.
- Severn Valley Engineering Services at Bridgnorth MPDMotive Power Depot took delivery of a Colchester 2000 to boost the number of lathes available for use, and a C.N.C. lathe to give the works the ability to produce stays and other associated items for the SVRSevern Valley Railway and for contract.
- A Victorian event was held in May to celebrate 150 years since the opening of the original Severn Valley Railway in 1862. The event saw three guest locomotives of the period, Furness Railway No 20 0-4-0 of 1863 from the Furness Railway Trust, Head Wrightson 0-4-0VBT ‘Coffee Pot’ of 1871 from the Beamish Museum, and Fletcher Jennings 0-4-0T No 3 ‘Captain Baxter’ of 1877 from the Bluebell.
- An Extraordinary General Meeting was held on 4 May at which The SVRSevern Valley Railway Rolling Stock Trust Co Limited became the Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust Limited. This would enable the charity to support a wider range of activities.
- On 14 May 2012 the SVRSevern Valley Railway's Patron, HRH The Duke of Gloucester, unveiled a plaque at Bewdley Station commemorating the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Severn Valley Railway in 1862.
- On Thursday 24 May the Olympic Torch arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway. 7812 Erlestoke Manor carried the torch between Bewdley and Kidderminster, pausing for a photo opportunity with Bewdley Safari Park’s elephants.
- SRSouthern Railway Bullied Battle of Britain class locomotive 34053 Sir Keith Park arrived at Bridgnorth on indefinite loan from owners Southern Locomotives Limited. The locomotive, newly restored from ex-BarryWoodham Brothers Scrapyard, Barry, South Wales. The source of many locomotives now in preservation. condition, entered service in August following final testing and ‘fettling’ at the SVRSevern Valley Railway.
- The connection between the SVRSevern Valley Railway and the main line at Kidderminster was upgraded. The work was done in conjunction with Network Rail who were transferring responsibility for main line signalling from the Kidderminster main line signal box to the West Midlands Signalling Centre.
- Negotiations were under way with locomotive owners with a view to establishing a new Rolling Stock Agreement.
- The SVRSevern Valley Railway was again short of locomotives, partly resulting from a succession of spring failures which eventually resulted in a change of spring supplier. Didcot Railway Centre’s GWRGreat Western Railway Pannier 3650 arrived in July. Having been booked with a cover leaking, investigation showed a long-term cracked cylinder block. This was stitched with Metalock, the owners allowing the locomotive to take part in the Autumn Steam Gala in thanks.
- An SVRSevern Valley Railway landmark disappeared with the demolition of the two 230ft high silos on the former British Sugar Corporation site at Foley Park.
- On 6 August ‘Blind Dave’ Heeley drove a steam train at Bewdley as pert of BBC WM’s Red Alert Appeal for the charity Cure Leukaemia, the first of a series of fundraising challenges.
- Residents in Birmingham and Worcestershire enjoyed a day out on the SVRSevern Valley Railway on 19 August from just £5 each as part of celebrations to mark the co-operative movement. Birmingham Co-operative Housing Services (bchs) and Redditch Co-operative Homes (RCHRailway Clearing House) organised the trip to celebrate the International Year of the Co-operatives, which aimed to raise awareness of businesses owned and run by their members.
- A 'Visit Heart of England' promotion saw one child travelling free with each adult 'Freedom of the Line' ticket purchased.
- On 29 August GWR 7812 Erlestoke Manor masqueraded as sister GWR 7802 Bradley Manor and was given a Bradley Wiggins-style makeover with a coat of gold paint and sideburns in honour of Team GB’s success at London 2012 Olympics.
- English Heritage published a report on signalboxes in England, noting: "... three on the Severn Valley Railway, all good examples in their original locations and in excellent condition; Bewdley North (1878), Bewdley South (date not known) and Highley (1883). All three would be potential listing candidates [...] while the box formerly at Yorton (1882), now moved to Arley on the Severn Valley Railway, is a well-preserved all-timber box."
- Tentative discussions were held with representatives of 5029 Nunney Castle concerning the possibility of her having a home at the SVRSevern Valley Railway, operation on the SVRSevern Valley Railway and occasional mainline trips, which did not come to fruition.
- Outside cylindered BRBritish Rail or British Railways(W) pannier 1501 returned into service following an overhaul.
- Michael Portillo visited the SVRSevern Valley Railway on 16 September, filming as part of his Great British Railway Journeys series.
- The Autumn Steam Gala featured two Southern locomotives, the NRMThe Railway Museum, formerly the National Railway Museum’s LSWRLondon & South Western Railway DrummondDugald Drummond, Locomotive Engineer, later Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London & South Western Railway 1895-1905 T9 No 30120 and the Mid Hants Railway’s SRSouthern Railway MaunsellRichard Maunsell, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the South Eastern and Chatham Railway from 1913-1923, and of the Southern Railway 1923-1937. U class No 31806. The gala also featured a return visit from the LNWRLondon & North Western Railway WebbFrancis Webb, Locomotive Superintendant/Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London and North Western Railway 1871-1903 Coal Tank 1054, this time in LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway livery as 7799. GWRGreat Western Railway Pannier 3650 also took part following the summer hire and repair.
- Indie band British Sea Power call in to perform a live gig at Kidderminster Station on 13 September.
- The Heritage Railway Association presented their Carriage & Wagon Competition award for 2010 on 22 September for LMS 7511 Restaurant First Open
- The SVRSevern Valley Railway launched a share offer to raise money for developing the Bridgnorth Station site and returning 4930 Hagley Hall to steam.
- On 26 October a race from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster was staged between 34053 Sir Keith Park and a Morgan 3-wheeler car to raise money for the BBC’s Children In Need. The car won by 5 minutes, with over £5,000 raised for the charity.
- The Reverse Osmosis water treatment plants at both Kidderminster and Bridgnorth were causing issues; a number of key parts had to be replaced.
- Metropolitan Railway 0-4-4T No 1 came to the SVRSevern Valley Railway for testing prior to participating in the London Underground events in 2013. The visit was not announced in advance and was not open to the public, as it involved running at up to 50mph on certain sections of the line.
- The SVRSevern Valley Railway announced its Annual Family Pass
- A 'Visit Heart of England Promotion' allowed one child to travel free with each adult ticket purchased until 25 November 2012.
- 2857 suffered a failure of a copper steam pipe. As a result, Ian Riley’s Black 5 44871 spent 2 weeks at the SVRSevern Valley Railway assisting with the Santa Special services.
- ‘Mighty MogulLocomotive with a 2-6-0 wheel configuration’ 42968 bowed out of traffic on the final working day of the 2012 season.
- The share issue had reached £1.2m. However consultation meetings with members and shareholders had drawn criticism of the architectural approach being planned. A group had prepared an alternative design which became known as ‘Plan B’. Following a consultation meeting in February 2013, the ‘Plan B’ group were invited to meet with the project Working Group, while the SVR(H) Board also agreed to the formation of a Conservation and Heritage Committee, initially to be chaired by David Postle of Kidderminster Railway Museum.
- 350hp 0-6-0 diesel shunter 09 012 was purchased from the Harry Needle Company.
- The SVRSevern Valley Railway confirmed that 80079 had not been sold, contrary to stories appearing in the press at the time.
- The SVRSevern Valley Railway, in common with other heritage railways, was experiencing problems obtaining supplies of coal following the closures of Daw Mill Colliery after a fire and of Scottish Coal which had gone into administration.
- The Spring Steam Gala was hit by heavy snow, resulting in attendances being around half of the numbers expected. The Railway still managed to run the services as planned, including guests SRSouthern Railway un-rebuilt BulleidOliver Vaughan Snell Bulleid, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Southern Railway 1937-1948 West Country class pacific No 34007 Wadebridge, USA Porter ‘yankee tank’ No 65 (SRSouthern Railway 30065), GWRGreat Western Railway CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 1400 class 0-4-2T No 1450, and BRBritish Rail or British Railways Standard 4MTThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic. 4-6-2T No 80072.
- The LNER (SVR) Coach Fund took delivery of a supply of teak for use in the teak set.
- The Furness Railway Trust’s GWRGreat Western Railway 5600 class 0-6-2T No 5643 joined the SVRSevern Valley Railway on hire for the rest of the year.
- The Boards of SVR(H) and the Guarantee Company agreed to an exchange of tenders with the David Clarke Railway Trust, custodians of 6990 Witherslack Hall. The exchange suited both parties, as 4930 Hagley Hall would receive a 4000 gallon CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 fluted tender appropriate for a 1929-built locomotive, while 6990 would receive a HawksworthFrederick Hawksworth, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1941-1948 straight-sided tender appropriate for a 1948-built Modified Hall.
- 43106 returned to service after a mid-term overhaul which had lasted 8 months. The locomotive had required a new drag box to be fitted, and the opportunity was taken to overhaul the boiler at the same time.
- A re-commissioning celebration for 34053 Sir Keith Park was held at Kidderminster. Guests included representatives of the owners Southern Locomotives Limited, veterans of the RAF who flew in the Battle of Britain, Terence Stevens Prior, the great-nephew of Sir Keith Park, and Oliver BulleidOliver Vaughan Snell Bulleid, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Southern Railway 1937-1948, the grandson of the locomotive’s designer.
- The share offer officially closed, having just passed a total of £2m.
- The Autumn Steam Gala saw visits from LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway StanierWilliam Stanier, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway 1932-1944 8PThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic. Princess Coronation class No 46233 Duchess of Sutherland (replacing the booked 70000 Britannia), SRSouthern Railway MaunsellRichard Maunsell, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the South Eastern and Chatham Railway from 1913-1923, and of the Southern Railway 1923-1937. Schools class No 925 Cheltenham (BRBritish Rail or British Railways 30925, replacing the booked SRSouthern Railway 850 Lord Nelson), Metropolitan Railway 0-4-2T Number 1, and GWR 4936 Kinlet Hall which would remain on hire over the winter season. Talyllyn Railway 2 ft 3 in gauge 0-4-2ST ‘Sir Haydn’ travelled the line as part of the freight workings, and would later spend the winter on display in The Engine House.
- An SVRSevern Valley Railway Family Campaign launched, to increase family visitors and to build a sustainable base level of passengers by showcasing the Railway as a great family day out in its own right on a ‘normal’ operating day. It featured TV adverts, posters on key high traffic sites, adverts in local magazines and newspapers, adverts on London Midland trains and posts on social media.
- The SVRSevern Valley Railway leased a unit at Stanmore Industrial Estate, Bridgnorth to clear the MPDMotive Power Depot of stores and what was affectionately known as ‘Tranter Towers’. The cleared space was to allow for the relocation of some workshop machinery and open up further space for locomotive overhaul.
- S&TSignals & Telegraph rewired Hampton Loade signal box from 9 September, with an amended timetable in operation.
- Great Western (SVR) Assoc. ran a special train on 18 September to mark the completion of GWRGreat Western Railway Saloon 9103. This was the first chance to see the tthree saloons 9055, 9369 and 9103 together. The train included a stop at Bewdley to view progress on GWRGreat Western Railway CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 open brake third 650.
- On 6 October a special Shareholders' and Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust day was held at The Engine House to witness the removal of GWR 4930 Hagley Hall.
- Gala visitors No. 925 'Cheltenham' and No. 4936 'Kinlet Hall' additionally operated service trains on 12 and 13 October.
- The Lord Lieutenants of Worcestershire and Shropshire presented The Queen's Award for Volunteering on 21 October.
- On 2 November the 'Blue Bell Explorer' rail tour ran from Bridgnorth to the Bluebell Railway in Sussex, becoming the first rail tour to use the newly re-signalled main line connection at Kidderminster.
- Large PrairieLocomotive with a 2-6-2 wheel configuration 5164 retired from service at the end of the 2013 season, running its last public passenger trains on 5 January 2014.
The total mileages for the year recorded by the SVRSevern Valley Railway's steam locomotives are shown in the table below.
- Over the winter ‘Tranter Towers’, the storage and office area within the Bridgnorth works, was taken down to provide more space for locomotive overhauls. Infrastructure projects included track relaying near Sterns, improved drainage near Platform 2 at Bridgnorth and straightening of the main line connection at Kidderminster to increase the speed limit from 5mph to 15mph. The latter was completed in time for an incoming rail tour hauled by 70013 Oliver Cromwell to make use of it.
- Mike Little’s locomotive No 1450 and two Auto Coaches arrived, initially for the 2014 season.
- The Spring Steam Gala saw visits from BRBritish Rail or British Railways(W) HawksworthFrederick Hawksworth, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1941-1948 1600 class Pannier Tank No 1638, from the Kent & East Sussex Railway, GWRGreat Western Railway CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 6400 class Pannier Tank No 6435 from the Bodmin & Wenford Railway, BRBritish Rail or British Railways(W) 7800 Manor Class No 7828 Odney Manor from the West Somerset Railway, and 4936 Kinlet Hall which had remained at the SVRSevern Valley Railway since being hired last summer. 7828 had in recent years been running as ‘Norton Manor’ at the WSR, but reverted to its original name during the SVRSevern Valley Railway visit. 4936 finally left the SVRSevern Valley Railway in early summer.
- The SVRSevern Valley Railway occupied a new Head Office building at Number One, Comberton Hill, adjacent to Kidderminster station. Long term plans for the Bewdley Station building, the former Head Office, included a new buffet to replace the current portable building. In the event a further temporary building replaced it in 2020.
- On 10 April the Charitable Trust raised £62,000 from an exceptional charity fundraiser at Ludlow Race Course, doubled by the Heritage Lottery Fund. A guest from a West Midlands Trust donated a further £106,000 on the day to fund the training of 2 apprentices for 5 years at the newly formed Heritage Skills Training Academy.
- On 12 April at a job fair at the Members & Shareholders day over 100 people registered their interest in volunteering and 33 names and addresses were also recorded to go forward for induction courses.
- On 22 April D1015 Western Champion hauled D1062 Western Courier from Kidderminster to Tyseley for tyre turning, providing a maroon Western hauling another on the mainline, a scene not seen for decades.
- Peter’s Railway Young Engineers’ Centre opened on 24 May at The Engine House explaining more about railway engineering and how a steam locomotive works.
- The 2014 summer hire-in was the Midland Railway Centre Butterley’s BRBritish Rail or British Railways Standard 5MTThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic. No 73129, the only surviving Standard 5MTThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic. with Caprotti valve gear rather than the normal Walschaerts valve gear. Following spring changes after weighing on arrival, the locomotive proved a popular visitor.
- For the first time no ‘battle’ was staged at the 1940s weekends.
- Trials of Welsh steam coal from Ffos-y-fran proved successful, and this became the normal source of supply.
- On 14 July Barry Railway Carriage Trust and the SVRSevern Valley Railway made a loan agreement for the presence and future use of Barry Railway Carriage 163.
- The total locomotive mileage passed 2 million steaming miles.
- Replica locomotive Catch Me Who Can spent 2 months on display at the Dutch Railway Museum at Utrecht as part of the 175th anniversary of the railways in the Netherlands.
- A Bridgnorth Conservation Plan was published, as a precursor to the Development Project.
- On 16 July a wheel lathe was moved from the Carriage Repair Works at Kidderminster to the South Devon Railway. It had been unused for 20 years due to insufficient power supply.
- Despite an extensive television advertising campaign and a leaflet drop the passenger numbers in August were disappointing, with visitors 2,000 below 2013.
- The Engine House was newly licensed to conduct Weddings and Civil Ceremonies
- The 'Fantastic Fares' offer returned with up to 30% off adult and child fares throughout September and October.
- On 6 September Chiltern Trains operated a return ‘Silver King’ charter from London Marylebone to Bridgnorth using their modern rolling stock, Bo-Bo 67010 and Driving Van Trailer 82301.
- Stepping back to 1965, on 7 September the railway recreated the SLS special of 19 September 1965 to Alveley Colliery. Locomotives Nos. 1450 and 4566 stood in for former classmates 1420 and 4555.
- On 8 September a shunting incident occurred at Eardington involving a run through of the points.
- On 19 September B&Q donated £8,000 of tools and vouchers for Heritage Skills Training Academy's use, secured by the SVRSevern Valley Railway Charitable Trust.
- Autumn Steam Gala visitors were Somerset & Dorset FowlerHenry Fowler, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Midland Railway 1909-1923, and of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway 1923-1933 7FThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic. No 88 (BRBritish Rail or British Railways 53808) from the West Somerset Railway (making its last visit to another Railway before going out of ticket), LSWRLondon & South Western Railway DrummondDugald Drummond, Locomotive Engineer, later Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London & South Western Railway 1895-1905 M7No 30053 from the Swanage Railway, and LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway FowlerHenry Fowler, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Midland Railway 1909-1923, and of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway 1923-1933 4FThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic. No 43924 from the Worth Valley Railway. Caprotti Standard 5MTThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic. No 73129 also took part before returning to Butterley.
- Access to the Enterprise Investment Scheme, by which new shares issued by SVRSevern Valley Railway qualified for tax relief, ended on 30 September.
- BRBritish Rail or British Railways Standard 9FThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic. 2-10-0 No 92214 was hired in from the Great Central Railway to help with the Santa Special services.
The total mileages recorded by the SVRSevern Valley Railway's steam locomotives in 2014 were as follows:
- The winter saw a major infrastructure project, initiated by Severn Trent Water, which involved replacing three of the four large diameter water pipes bringing water from the Elan Valley to Birmingham where they cross under the trackbed between Bewdley and Arley near Folly Point. The replacement work was carried out by STW's contractors, but SVRSevern Valley Railway staff and volunteers removed and replaced the trackbed and signalling equipment to enable the work to be carried out. Due to the lack of good road access to the aqueduct, the replacement pipes were transported from Bewdley station to the worksite by rail, using contracted SVRSevern Valley Railway equipment in the form of diesel shunter 319290 and Gane 'A' 60841 . The project over-ran, meaning the first 3 days of re-opening for half term week could not run between Bewdley and Highley.
- Other winter infrastructure work included replacement of the points and installation of improved drainage at the south end of Arley station. Restoration work was also carried out on Bewdley South (Sandbourne) and Bewdley North (Wribbenhall) viaducts.
- On 10 January this Wiki went live to the general public. The concept had been under development by a group of SVRSevern Valley Railway Volunteers since the previous summer.
- On 2 February the contractors arrived on site at Kidderminster to begin construction of the new Diesel Depot.
- The SVRSevern Valley Railway was voted 'Heritage Site of the Year' in the BBC Countryfile Awards 2014/15; other shortlisted candidates included London’s Imperial War Museum, Georgian estate Kew Palace, Welsh architectural wonder Portmeirion and the pre-historic stone circle at Avebury.
- The Spring Steam Gala saw 4 visitors: WD Austerity 2-8-0 'Dub Dee' No. 90733 from the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, former resident GWRGreat Western Railway pannier tank No. 5786 from the South Devon Railway (in London Underground livery as L92, the livery it first wore at the SVRSevern Valley Railway), GWRGreat Western Railway 2-8-0T No. 4270 from the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway, and LNWRLondon & North Western Railway coal tank No. 1054 from the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. The gala also saw the opening of an exhibition at The Engine House celebrating 50 years of the SVRSevern Valley Railway.
- An unusual locomotive arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway for a cosmetic overhaul in the form of Sentinel 9387.
- On Monday 13 April, HRH The Princess Royal paid her first visit to the SVRSevern Valley Railway. The visit began at Bewdley with a welcome and summary of the flood damage repairs, which were the focus of the last Royal Visit by HRH the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in 2008. The Princess Royal then rode to Kidderminster on the footplate of 7812 Erlestoke Manor, crewed by driver Paul Fathers and fireman Ryan Green. After meeting four of the SVRSevern Valley Railway’s founding members, Keith Beddoes, Christopher George, Columb Howell and Roger Hobson, The Princess Royal then unveiled a plaque celebrating 50 years of the SVRSevern Valley Railway, and was presented with a locoman's billy can as a memento of the occasion.
- On Friday 17 April, the 82045 Steam Locomotive Trust organised the Eardington Explorer, a special train calling at disused Eardington, using locomotive 1450. Tickets were priced at £19.65, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the SVRSevern Valley Railway, with funds going towards the purchase of 82045's boiler.
- On Monday 27 April, a Pump Trolley Challenge took place between Bridgnorth and Hampton Loade, with 13 teams of volunteers in fancy dress taking part. Teams were judged on their costumes and enthusiasm (not speed!), with the Bridgnorth Engineering Services team being awarded first place.
- A Monster Raving Loony Party general election address proposed that HS2 be replaced by an extension of the Severn Valley Railway under a new company to be called the Eighth Valley Railway.
- English Electric Class 73/9 Electro-diesel No 73952 arrived on 4 May for three weeks of testing and crew training.
- On 16 May 34027 Taw Valley returned to service after a lengthy overhaul. She hauled an incoming railtour from London Victoria, "The Golden Jubilee Pullman", between Bewdley and Bridgnorth, also working an SVRSevern Valley Railway service from Bridgnorth back to Kidderminster. She carried a wreath, as did the other SVRSevern Valley Railway locomotives in service on the day, to commemorate the death earlier in the week of former owner Bert Hitchen.
- 50031 was on the move 29 June from Eastleigh – RVEL Derby where it underwent a generator swap
- On Monday 6 July, a special 50th Anniversary Dining Train was arranged for founding members and early pioneers of the SVRSevern Valley Railway, being hauled by early SVRSevern Valley Railway locomotive 43106. A photographic lineup was organised at Bridgnorth, with five SVRSevern Valley Railway locomotives forming the backdrop.
- From 6 July the SVRSevern Valley Railway planted some golden tickets offering six winners and their guest the chance to enjoy an exclusive, behind-the-scenes, VIP experience at the Severn Valley Railway.
- On 17 July, a separate 50th Anniversary Dinner was held at Spring Grove House, West Midland Safari Park, including a talk by Antiques Roadshow expert and railway enthusiast Paul Atterbury.
- The "Step back to the 1960s" event was run on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th, with many 60s-themed exhibits, including car displays and a fashion show at The Engine House. On both evenings, music shows were held at Kidderminster, with performances by tribute acts The Stones (Friday) and The Who 2 (Saturday).
- On 8 August the SVRSevern Valley Railway was operated almost entirely by current and former members of the SVR Junior Club in a unique tribute to much-loved volunteer, the late Don Wilcox - "Don's Day".
- Fifteen BR 'Rudd' Ballast Wagons were purchased from DB Schenker, which had been on loan since the 2007 Storm Damage.
- The SVRSevern Valley Railway's patron, HRH The Duke of Gloucester, visited the railway on Thursday 17th September. After a reception at Bridgnorth, he travelled to Hampton Loade and back on an autotrain hauled by GWRGreat Western Railway 1450. HRH accepted the opportunity to drive the train in both directions, which was done from the driving compartment of the autocoach on the outward journey. He then met a number of staff from the Bridgnorth locomotive works and boiler shop, as well as members of the 82045 Trust, of which he is also patron.
- The Autumn Steam Gala had a 50th anniversary theme. Two guest locomotives were former residents, BRBritish Rail or British Railways Standard Class 7 70000 Britannia and LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway IvattHenry George Ivatt, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway 1946-1948. CME of BR (London Midland Region) 1948-1951 Class 2 MogulLocomotive with a 2-6-0 wheel configuration 46521. The gala also featured LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway Royal Scot No. 46100 Royal Scot, newly returned to steam following a 5-year overhaul.
- 43106 appeared at the LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway themed gala at Barrow Hill, becoming the first of her class to appear at the Roundhouse in half a century.
- On 29 September the railway purchased 10 acres of land to the West of Bridgnorth station, including Pan Pudding Hill. The purchase was done to safeguard the land from any developments such as housing estates, with plans including more permanent parking facilities (the fields had previously been used for overflow parking), and other uses such as a new volunteer accommodation building.
- A presentation to the October Board included a comprehensive review of track condition along the Railway, based upon measurements undertaken by the PWay team using the Abtus trolley and measuring equipment that was on test on the Railway.
- Guests at the 2015 Diesel Gala were summer visitor Deltic 55019 Royal Highland Fusilier, Class 14 D9531, Class 17 D8568, Class 35 D7076 and Class 52 D1015 Western Champion.
- LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway A1 No 60163 Tornado arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway for a 3 week visit, operating from 6-27 October. Tornado had previously visited in 2009 and 2011.
- Having stayed at the SVRSevern Valley Railway after its appearance at the Autumn Steam Gala, 46100 Royal Scot underwent high speed testing between Bewdley and Kidderminster, in preparation for a return to mainline service. During two weekends, Royal Scot was also used on passenger services alongside Tornado.
- On 11 October the Great Western (SVR) Assoc. ran the a special train to celebrate the launch into service of GWR Collett open brake third 650 and to celebrate 100 years of 3930.
- 7802 Bradley Manor returned to service following an overhaul. The return coincided with the 'Manor 50' weekend, held to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of steam on the Cambrian network. Bradley Manor was joined for the occasion by 7812 Erlestoke Manor and 7820 Dinmore Manor; the three locomotives being the last of their class to work on the Cambrian mainline.
- GWR 9103 Nondescript Saloon was awarded the title of Overall Winner in the Carriage and Wagon category of the Heritage Railway Association Awards in November 2015, due to the quality of its 30 year restoration that finished in 2013.
- Structural work on the Diesel Depot was complete by December, with jobs such as wiring, installation of internal fittings, and painting being done by volunteer labour.
- The lease of the Stourport Branch as far as Mount Pleasant tunnel to Rail Safety Solutions (RSS) was announced, this land still being owned by the SVRSevern Valley Railway despite no track existing beyond the Stourport Triangle. RSS planned to train Network Rail apprentices in tracklaying and maintenance activities, and in return for the use of the land, the SVRSevern Valley Railway would gain free training for its own staff, and use of a relaid portion of the Stourport Branch.
Locomotive mileages for the year are shown in the table below.
- Work began on the major infrastructure project for the winter, re-sleepering around ½ mile of track near the summit of Eardington Bank and relaying with continuously welded rail (CWR). Work also began on refurbishing the platform canopy of Bewdley station.
- On 13 January, David Postle announced that the plans for the redevelopment of Bridgnorth Station had been submitted to Shropshire Council.
- The SVRSevern Valley Railway was announced as joint winner of the Heritage Railway Association Large Groups Award ‘for 50 glorious years and for celebrating in some style’.
- The cosmetic overhaul of Sentinel 9387 was completed.
- The Spring Steam Gala featured two visiting GWRGreat Western Railway CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 6400 Pannier Tanks, numbers 6412 and 6430, both of which worked with the SVRSevern Valley Railway's autocoaches. Talyllyn Railway 2ft 3in gauge loco No 4 Edward Thomas gave footplate rides on a short section of track specially installed in the Engine House car park. GWRGreat Western Railway Modified Hall No 6990 Witherslack Hall was due to appear in the gala but was unable to take part having suffered a hot box after arrival; however it was repaired in time to work service trains on the following Easter weekend and a further two weekends. Although this was the first time 6990 had visited the SVRSevern Valley Railway, her HawksworthFrederick Hawksworth, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1941-1948 designed tender was previously on display in the Engine House behind 4930 Hagley Hall before being the subject of an exchange for a CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 style tender in 2013.
- Terence Cuneo - The Man and His Mouse - exhibition showcasing the work of the famous railway artist opened at The Engine House on 18 March.
- Tickets to ride behind Flying Scotsman and Tornado at the autumn ‘PacificLocomotive with a 4-6-2 wheel configuration Power’ event went on sale on 5 April. All 7,000 tickets were sold by the end of the day.
- On 5 April LNER 7960 Kitchen Composite was displayed at King's Cross station in connection with the unveiling of a sculpture of Sir Nigel GresleySir Nigel Gresley, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London & North Eastern Railway 1923-1941.
- The first Open House Weekend, formerly known as the Members & Shareholders Weekend, was held on 16-17 April. Steam featured the SVRSevern Valley Railway's two Manors and two Bulleids, with 1501 operating local services. 50049 Defiance returned to service following an overhaul. A number of model railway layouts were displayed at Highley and Kidderminster Railway Museum.
- On 30 April D9551 ran its first test runs at the SVRSevern Valley Railway in an undressed state with side panels not fitted, with 50049 assisting. D8188 ran its first diagrammed passenger turn following return from overhaul.
- Wyre Forest District Council approved a Local Heritage List, identifying a number of historic buildings and structures on the SVRSevern Valley Railway which are considered to be of value to the local historic environment although not protected by statutory designations (ie 'listed').
- The 3-day 2016 Spring Diesel Festival saw 16 visiting locomotives in service, including GBRfGB Railfreight, a main line rail freight operating company. Class 66 no 66763 which was named "Severn Valley Railway" at a ceremony on Friday 20 May. The London Underground 4TC set was used on 'local' services, while the 'Rudd' Ballast Wagons were used in a demonstration freight service.
- The SVR announced that the SVR Charitable Trust had won a grant of £75,000 in a Department for Transport competition, for an ambitious scheme to transform the Railway’s travel offering for disabled passengers. The scheme is to involve the restoration and conversion of two 1950s carriages, and the purchase of lightweight, portable ramps for each of the Railway’s wheelchair-accessible carriages.
- A routine inspection of visiting 55019 ‘Royal Highland Fusilier’ found a burst air pipe under the no.2 nose end air intake grills which required repairs. The SVRSevern Valley Railway offered the facilities of the new diesel depot.
- Issue 194 of Severn Valley Railway News marked 50 years of David Williams' editorship.
- Shropshire Council granted planning permission for the SVRSevern Valley Railway's proposed redevelopment of Bridgnorth Station on 19 July 2016.
- From July 11 evening and night testing of rebuilt Network Rail Class 73s Nos. 73952 and 73951 took place. They left on 3 August.
- BBC4’s ‘Trainspotting Live’ on 13 July featured the SVRSevern Valley Railway. BBC spent a day the previous month filming young volunteers and apprentices, the Diesel Depot and on the footplate of both a diesel and steam locomotive.
- A 'Family Summer Saver offer' costing £39 was available from 23 July
- Bridgnorth and Kidderminster Town (‘Kidderminster Old Station’) Stations became Pokéstops, part of the Pokémon Go craze.
- LNER 24506 Brake Third entered service following its restoration/conversion from former Gangwayed Full Brake/Pigeon Van 70759.
- On 26 August the Guarantee Company AGM was held. Originally arranged for July, there were several errors in the Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2015 resulting from an earlier incorrect draft of the accounts being used by the printers. Directors took legal advice on the validity of the proceedings and decided that the AGM should be postponed.
- On 26 August, 7812 Erlestoke Manor reached 100,000 miles in preservation.
- The August bank holiday staged a 'Western Weekend' to celebrate 40 years since the end of Class 52 'Western' diesels in BRBritish Rail or British Railways service (the actual 40th anniversary, falling in February 2017, was considered a less favourable time to hold a gala). SVRSevern Valley Railway resident D1062 Western Courier was joined by The Diesel Traction Group's D1015 Western Champion.
- On 8 September, LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway-design 60163 'Tornado' brought Vintage Trains' 'Severn Valley Venturer' from London Victoria to Bridgnorth. 34027 Taw Valley was due to return the tour to Bewdley, but suffered a brake pump problem and 50049 Defiance ran instead. 66151 took over at Bewdley to haul 1Z75 back to London Victoria. The intention was for this to be a positioning move for Tornado to attend SVRSevern Valley Railway's 'PacificLocomotive with a 4-6-2 wheel configuration Power' event from September 21-26 but unavailability of other locomotives meant that she instead ran to Bristol on 9 September to haul the Torbay Express, returning to SVRSevern Valley Railway metals on 12 September.
- The 2016 Bridgnorth Beer Festival was cancelled due to the proposed Development Project work about to take place at the station.
- On 15 September 2426 GWRGreat Western Railway ChurchwardGeorge Jackson Churchward, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1902-1922 'Toplight' Third moved for the first time in 28 years, taken from Hampton Loade to Kidderminster Carriage and Wagon by D4100 'Dick Hardy', to begin its long path to assessment, woodworm removal then restoration. 4-wheel Riding/Dormitory Van No. 55 was delivered for use as temporary overnight volunteer accommodation.
- On 17 September, newly overhauled BR Class 50 50031 Hood was re-dedicated in a ceremony at Kidderminster. The event marked two anniversaries; 100 years since the keel of HMS Hood was laid in 1916 and 75 years since the ship was sunk by the German battleship Bismark during World War 2.
- The SVRSevern Valley Railway staged 'PacificLocomotive with a 4-6-2 wheel configuration Power' featuring the first meeting of LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway A1 60103 Flying Scotsman and LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway-design 60163 Tornado. On Wednesday 21 September, Flying Scotsman hauled three round trips for around 1,200 supporters of the SVR Charitable Trust. The next five days saw four round trips per day using one locomotive from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth and the other for the return. The special services ran with a full rake of 9 GresleySir Nigel Gresley, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London & North Eastern Railway 1923-1941 teaks, the first time that nine teak coaches have run together since 2 May 1964 (by then repainted into BRBritish Rail or British Railways maroon). The visitors were supported by home locomotives including the SVRSevern Valley Railway-based Pacifics Taw Valley and Sir Keith Park. The event, which saw a total of 15,267 visitors and a result of over £280,000 'Pacific Power event September 2016', SVRLive, replaced the traditional Autumn Steam Gala.
- The SVRSevern Valley Railway and Auctus Apprentice Training Agency entered into a new partnership aimed at boosting the number of apprentices in the rail industry.
- On 22 October a new event at The Engine House, the Christmas Gift Fayre, was held for the first time.
- On 22 October the Great Western (SVR) Assoc. ran the 'CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 to Bridgnorth' special train from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth and back to celebrate the re-launch into service of Collett Brake Composite 6562.
- The SVRSevern Valley Railway launched a share offer on 1 November, seeking to raise up to £2.5m towards the redevelopment of Bridgnorth station. Contractors arrived on site on 7 November to begin work on the first phase of the project, SVRSevern Valley Railway staff and volunteers having already carried out some preliminary site clearance work.
- The WLA’s AGM on 12 November incorporated a ‘SWINDON '16’ event to celebrate the purchase of D1062 Western Courier 40 years beforehand, the first ‘Western’ in preservation.
- A three day Season Finale Gala from 4 to 6 November was held featuring visiting locomotives LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway 'Crab' No 13065, GWRGreat Western Railway 4200 class 2-8-0T No 4270, and a return visit of LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway-design A1 No. 60163 Tornado. The event also saw the return from overhaul of ex-Port Talbot Railway 0-6-0ST 813.
- GWRGreat Western Railway CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 5700 class 0-6-0PT ‘Pannier Tank’ 7714 returned after overhaul with testing under load at Bridgnorth.
- By the end of 1 December - exactly one month since the programme’s launch - applications to purchase shares in the railway at a price of £1 each had passed the half a million mark. and 650,000 by 23 December.
- The National Railway Heritage Awards committee awarded Arley 'The Stagecoach Volunteers Award 2016' for their outstanding dedication to maintaining and preserving Arley station. Bewdley was “Highly Commended” in the 'Great Western Railway Craft Skills Award' category recognising their work on the major restoration of the unique island platform canopy of platforms 2 and 3.
- The Festive Season trains from 26 December were sufficiently busy for an additional steam diagram to be added from 28 December to 2 January 2017.
- All piling work was completed on the Bridgnorth development project, with work to start in January 2017 to produce the reinforced concrete ring beam to tie all the pile heads together.
- GWR Small Prairie 4566 was withdrawn from service at the end of the Festive Season trains, at the expiry of her boiler certificate.
- Work began on the major infrastructure project for the winter close down period, the renewal of formation and relaying of ½ mile of track in the vicinity of Waterworks Crossing.
- The Heritage Railway Association awarded Kidderminster Traction Maintenance Depot its Modern Traction Award for the depot's ‘major contribution to modern traction preservation’.
- By 23 January share sales had reached £880,000.
- The SVRSevern Valley Railway announced a ten-year commercial contract for the stabling of the 'Belmond Northern Belle' coaching stock at Kidderminster.
- The Railwayman's Arms won the CAMRA "Bridgnorth Pub of The Year Award 2017"
- SVR Charitable Trust announced they have made a further application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £900,000 to restore Falling Sands Viaduct.
- In 2016 the SVRSevern Valley Railway carried an estimated 252,330 (245,800 - 2015) passengers. This is rebased on passengers carried rather than tickets sold and so is more directly comparable to the era when shareholders were included in data.
- The waiting room at Arley Station became licensed to hold civil marriages and partnerships..
- By 6 March share sales had reached £1,000,000.
- The SVRSevern Valley Railway acquired six BR 'Seacow' 40t Bogie Ballast Hoppers which arrived by rail.
- The Spring Steam Gala on 17-19 March featured guest locomotives LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway IvattHenry George Ivatt, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway 1946-1948. CME of BR (London Midland Region) 1948-1951 2 41312, SRSouthern Railway BulleidOliver Vaughan Snell Bulleid, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Southern Railway 1937-1948 Battle of Britain Class 34081 92 Squadron (making its first visit to the SVRSevern Valley Railway) and BRBritish Rail or British Railways Standard 9FThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic. 92214. 4,537 tickets were purchased against a budget figure of 4,300 (compared to 3,537 tickets purchased in 2016).
- The Open House Weekend on 8-9 April featured 30 model railways, the chance to drive a Class 50 and the usual host of other attractions. It brought 2,181 paying passengers, an increase of 380 on the same event in 2016.
- Bricklaying of the new station building at Bridgnorth began at a ceremony on 3 May. Construction of the base for the building had been completed the week before.
- On 16 May the rear wheel set on the tender of GWR 2857 Heavy Goods Loco derailed at a slow speed whilst travelling light engine and swapping sets at Kidderminster, with no passengers involved. 2857's tender had only recently returned from Tyseley after tyre turning. An investigation was instigated.
- The King & Castle won the "Wyre Forest CAMRA Pub of the Season for Spring 2017".
- The Spring Diesel Festival from 18-20 May involved 17 visiting locomotives and a rake of Mark 2 coaches.
- On 26 May the SVR Charitable Trust 'Future Fund' appeal reached its target to meet the HLFHeritage Lottery Fund (National Lottery Heritage Fund from 2019) matched funding grant of £500,000.
- Fictitiously numbered Ruston and Hornsby 165hp Diesel Shunter D2957 emerged from a repaint carrying its works number 319290.
- By 31 May share sales had reached £1,200,000.
- The railway announced problems with an embankment slippage around the Bridge 19 area, also known as County Boundary, which had first been detected in 2016. The design for the remedial work required to stabilise the area was complete and work started to prepare the site for the stabilisation scheme.
- The railway published a progress update on its 2009 Strategic Plan.
- The Worcester Raceday on 14 June raised £23,000 for the SVR Charitable Trust
- On 15 June new resident 09107 arrived
- Four new 35 tonne Mechan jacks were provided for the Diesel Depot
- On 16 June share sales had reached £1,250,000.
- The 10th anniversary of the 2007 Storm Damage was commemorated on 19 June by the formal opening of the exhibition at The Engine House and a two special trains for members with the Belmond Northern Belle hauled by SR 34027 Taw Valley and a mainline Class 57.
- On 18 June the SVR Charitable Trust announced it had secured financial backing from the HLFHeritage Lottery Fund (National Lottery Heritage Fund from 2019) to develop its bid for £1 million towards restoring Falling Sands Viaduct.
- GWR 6562 Brake Composite returned to service on 16 July
- Proceeds from the sale of Peep Behind the Scenes wristbands came to well over £2,500, excluding donations made directly to individual restoration projects.
- GB Railfreight Class 66 No 66763 Severn Valley Railway visited the SVRSevern Valley Railway with five biomass hoppers. The locomotive and hoppers made round trips over the line on 26 and 27 July.
- The SVR Charitable Trust was awarded £9,500 from the Hendy and Pendle Charitable Trust for the Heritage Skills Training Academy towards training an engineering apprentice.
- On Saturday 12 August the 'Steam on the Road' event also featured an appearance by 'Plimsoll', a rail-mounted Land Rover, which made a return trip between Bridgnorth and Kidderminster during the day.
- The SVRSevern Valley Railway announced that SR 34053 Sir Keith Park would leave the railway at the end of 2017.
- On 26 August, share sales reached £1,500,000 (announced on 4 September).
- On 10 September the annual 'On the Buses' event at Bewdley featured a New Routemaster ("Boris Bus") as well as the normal vintage exhibits.
- On 10 September the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway announced BR Class 20 D8059 and sister D8188 had joined their fleet.
- Both The King & Castle and The Railwayman's Arms were featured in the 2018 CAMRA Good Beer Guide
- Guest locomotives at the Autumn Steam Gala were SRSouthern Railway Schools class 4-4-0 No 926 Repton, GERGreat Eastern Railway Y14 class No 564, and SECRSouth Eastern and Chatham Railway P class 0-6-0T No 323 Bluebell. Ffestiniog Railway 1fr 11½in gauge loco No. 2 Prince gave rides in the Engine House car park. 34027 Taw Valley and 34053 Sir Keith Park hauled the overnight services, the latter making a last gala appearance before a planned move to the Swanage Railway at the beginning of 2018. Attendance on the Sunday was depressed by access issues caused by the routing of the 'Vélo Birmingham' cycling event and multiple and widespread road closures.
- The long-stored boiler of SR 34010 Sidmouth left Bridgnorth to go to a boiler specialist for inspection and restoration.
- The old, round, £1 coins ceased to be legal tender and on 16 October SVR Charitable Trust appealed for them to be donated to the Bridgnorth Development Project.
- On 19 October, share sales reached £2,000,000.
- On 19 October BR Class 20 20177 left on a transporter for scrapping at C F Booth Ltd.
- Network Rail's Loram CRG(01) Corrective Rail Grinder arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway on 23 October.
- The 2016 share offer closed on 31 October. The following day the SVRSevern Valley Railway's web site confirmed that £2.5m had been achieved (£2,548,505) together with £83,000 donations to the SVR Charitable Trust.
- On 4 November visiting 50007 became the first locomotive to use the new lifting jacks at the Diesel Depot.
- On 6 November the SVRSevern Valley Railway announced an increase in car park changes from £3 to £4 in recognition of increased parking charges at Kidderminster main line station.
- On 10 November GWR 0-6-2T 6634 left the SVRSevern Valley Railway, departing by road for Peak Rail where owning group The Waterman Railway Heritage Trust is now based.
- Venice Simplon-Orient-Express sold The Northern Belle, stabled at Kidderminster, to a joint venture between tour promotor David Pitts, owner of Wakefield-based marketing agency D P Publicity, and David Smith, owner of West Coast Railways.
- The GWR 813 Preservation Fund staged special full-line brake van rides behind GWR 0-6-0PT 813 on 25 November, the event marking the 50th anniversary of the locomotive's arrival on the SVRSevern Valley Railway.
- On 10 December all Santa Special services were cancelled in light of heavy snow overnight and complete loss of power at Arley Station.
- On 26 December it was found GNR 2701 Composite Corridor and GWR 1146 Full Third stabled at Kidderminster Town station had been vandalised with graffiti
- The post-Christmas Festive service saw the four seviceable cars of the Class 108 DMU stood down and replaced by loco and coaches due to higher passenger traffic numbers. Visiting BR Class 33 33108 ran one day (no train heating) before steam took over the remaining days.
- On 31 December GWR 7812 Erlestoke Manor came out of traffic at the end of her boiler ticket
August 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the 'end of steam' in the BRBritish Rail or British Railways era. The SVRSevern Valley Railway staged a special event to mark the occasion with two of the locomotives still in use by BRBritish Rail or British Railways at the time, 45110 and 48773, appearing on display at Kidderminster.
- On 1-2 January SR 34053 Sir Keith Park completed farewell turns in advance of her departure to the Swanage Railway on 10 January
- The SVRSevern Valley Railway announced the hire of diesels 37688 and 40135 for 2018-2019, the former for PWay work and the latter to utilise its steam heat capability. 50026 Indomitable arrived for commercial repairs in the Diesel Depot. Didcot Railway Centre announced 6023 'King Edward II' would be moved by road to the SVRSevern Valley Railway in February for testing of her revised draughting, then operating some timetabled trains and attending the Spring Steam Gala.
- Winter works saw track either side of Bewdley Tunnel being cleaned of badly contaminated ballast; the last part of the remedial work to the embankment slippage around the County Boundary area; the partial rebuilding of the platform face at Eardington; lining of the loco water tank at Kidderminster, and at the same location swapping the water column adjacent to platform 1 runround from a fixed column to a standard GWRGreat Western Railway swing arm type. At Waterworks straight welding was completed to a position that restored line speed following Winter Works in 2017. Permanent Way work also took place at Highley bank and Kidderminster Carriage Shed.
- On 16 January the SVR Charitable Trust announced it had reached its appeal target of £10,000 in under a month, for the cost of repairing the vehicles damaged by graffiti in December. A total of £13,000 was raised.
- The railway's published fare structure withdrew discounted fares for Seniors (60+), who instead paid the full adult fare. In addition, it introduced a version of the Annual Family Pass for single adults.
- On 30 January the polystyrene patterns for the casting of new cylinders for GWR 4930 Hagley Hall were completed at Premier Patterns following comprehensive design work by Stafford Road Design Ltd.
- The Kidderminster Shunter Fund transferred BR Class 11 12099 to SVR Charitable Trust.
- The footbridge outside Bridgnorth station was closed due to the station end lifting, with Shropshire County Council instigating a temporary repair before the start of the running season.
- On 16 February the railway announced 2017 passenger numbers of 240,686, a reduction of 11,644 from 2016.
- The start of the 2018 season with half-term running was met with heavy snow, despite which the service operated as planned. Temporary withdrawal of the Class 108 DMU for additional maintenance meant an all-steam service was provided for most of the opening week.
- Beamish announced that testing of the wheel centres on long-term contract overhaul locomotive Sharp Stewart 0-4-4T Dunrobin revealed many cracked spokes, and the decision to replace all four coupled wheels.
- Work started on repairs to the long wing wall at Wribbenhall Viaduct as part of an ongoing programme of investment on this important structure.
- At Eardington contractors finished brickwork for the restored platform, incorporating around 6,000 GWRGreat Western Railway bricks reclaimed and donated from the GWRGreat Western Railway main line electrification.
- The Northern Belle stock was rebased at Carnforth by 9 March, by which time the compound was cleared and only two spare vehicles remained on the SVRSevern Valley Railway.
- On 11 March the Thompson B1 Locomotive Trust announced that Thompson B1 61624 would be unable to attend due to overrunning winter maintenance. S&DJRSomerset & Dorset Joint Railway, jointly operated by the London and South Western and Midland Railways (later Southern and London Midland and Scottish Railways) 53808 was announced as a replacement visitor on 13 March. The Spring Steam Gala was unusual with only three of the home fleet (1450, 1501 and 7714) timetabled for use, the fewest since 2009 (two), with six visiting locomotives. In the event home-fleet 43106 also made an appearance.
- On 28 March BR 4593 Tourist Standard Open was moved to the dock in front of the Bewdley buffet to be used as seating for staff and the public, as a prelude to demolition of the buffet building (but not the more recent toilet block and kitchen.) The building had recently been assessed by the SVRSevern Valley Railway's consultant civil engineer and its increasing external dilapidation led to the decision to demolish it.
- The polystyrene patterns for 4930's new cylinders were transported to Shakespeare Foundry in Preston for casting.
- On 10 April the boiler from 4930 moved to Northern Steam Engineering Ltd. at Stockton for overhaul
- On 17 April, 82045 became a rolling chassis when the locomotive was wheeled at Bridgnorth.
- The annual Diesel Festival featured 13 guest locomotives in addition to members of the home fleet.
- The Goods Gala on 2-3 June celebrated to 100th anniversary of 2857 which hauled the Demonstration Goods Train, and also marked the 150th anniversary of the opening of Eardington station on 1 June 1868. A second demonstration 'modern freight' incorporating three GBRf IIA hoppers was hauled by GBRfGB Railfreight, a main line rail freight operating company. Class 66 66763 Severn Valley Railway.
- On 20 June Small Prairie 4566 and Panier Tank 5764 were moved from storage in Kidderminster Carriage Shed to The Engine House at Highley where they were put on display. They took the place of 8F 48773 which was moved to Kidderminster in readiness for an event to mark the 50th anniversary end of BRBritish Rail or British Railways steam in August 1968.
- On 1 July, new cylinders were lifted & installed on Manning Wardle 2047 'Warwickshire.
- Prolonged hot and dry weather, coupled with lineside fires, caused an all-diesel timetable to be announced from 10 July. Steam services were reintroduced on 19 July.
- On 14 July, Warwickshire's original boiler, smokebox and saddle tank were lifted onto Loriot N 42343 by the 30-ton steam crane in preparation for a planned move of the locomotive chassis and other components to Bewdley later in 2018.
- Demolition of the old 'Trackside Buffet' at Bewdley took place during the week commencing 16 July. The building had been closed since March 2018.
- On 23 July, Black 5 45110 was moved from the Engine House to Kidderminster in preparation for the August 'End of Steam' events. D4100 provided the motive power.
- On 24 July a group of Belarussian children in remission from cancer visted the SVRSevern Valley Railway and Arley Arboretum, organised by the Chernobyl Children's Charity.
- The SVRSevern Valley Railway sponsored a Catch Me Who Can sculpture entitled 'Just the Ticket' at the front of Bridgnorth as part of the Bridgnorth Arts Trail 2018, the sculpture being one of twelve locomotives positioned around the town. Statue 2: 'Just the Ticket' was designed by Tania Holland of Tania Holland Gallery using archive material provided by the SVRSevern Valley Railway It was unveiled on 24 June 2018..
- The eight-year overhaul of GWR 9654 Restaurant Third was completed
- On 2 August Class 40 No. 40145 delivered sister BR Class 40 40106 Atlantic Conveyor for a short hire period.
- On 4 August the SVRSevern Valley Railway staged a special event to mark the 50th anniversary of the end of steam on British Railways. Guests included former footplate crews from Lostock Hall and Rose Grove sheds and members of the 'Master Neverers Association'. 45110 and 48773 appeared on static display at Kidderminster, while an evening special ran to recreate the 'Fifteen Guinea Special'. This was hauled by 43106 due to a delay in the planned arrival of guest locomotive LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway StanierWilliam Stanier, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway 1932-1944 Class 5 45231 The Sherwood Forester. In the event 45231 was unable to visit and on 21 August LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway StanierWilliam Stanier, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway 1932-1944 Royal Scot 8PThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic. Class 4-6-0 46100 Royal Scot was announced as an Autumn Steam Gala visitor instead of 45231.
- The SVR Charitable Trust appeal for Falling Sands Viaduct passed £200,000 towards the £275,000 target
- On 11 August the 'Steam on the Road' event featured an return appearance by 'Plimsoll', a rail-mounted Land Rover, which made another return trip between Bridgnorth and Kidderminster during the day.
- On 17 August 09107 moved under its own power for the first time in preservation.
- On 18 August 50044 was on test, the locomotive has been out of service since July 2012. It had received an overhauled engine and main, ETHElectric Train Heating and auxiliary generators as well as a host of other work by Fifty Fund volunteers.
- On 21 August 7819 Hinton Manor left Swindon to return to the SVRSevern Valley Railway, following a number of years on static display at the McArthurGlen shopping centre.
- Bernard Rainbow MBE died on 1 September. He had a sixty year railway footplate career, was President of The Erlestoke Manor Fund and Chief Traction Inspector on the SVRSevern Valley Railway.
- At the Autumn Steam Gala on 24 September 2857 carried a '100' headboard denoting she had reached 100,000 miles of service in preservation
- Construction of Bridgnorth Development Project Phase IIa (car park and access roads) commenced.
- The SVRSevern Valley Railway hosted from 4-6 October the Class 50 Golden Jubilee, the joint largest operational gathering of one loco type ever staged in preservation (steam or diesel). BR Class 50 50049 Defiance was formally rededicated at Kidderminster.
- Social media announced GWRGreat Western Railway CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 6400 class 0-6-0PT No. 6430 would revisit the SVRSevern Valley Railway for the 2019 Spring Steam Gala
- The Charitable Trust applied to the HLFHeritage Lottery Fund (National Lottery Heritage Fund from 2019) for funds to repair Falling Sands Viaduct
- On 10 October GWR 4786 Full Third was moved to Bewdley Down Yard for restoration work to begin in earnest
- On 11 November 2857 again carried the '100' headboard, this time commemorating the centenary of Remembrance Day.
- 6990 Witherslack Hall was hired to provide support to the locomotive fleet for winter services
- On 23 November the SVRSevern Valley Railway made a 'Black Friday' discount offer of unsold Santa Special services tickets.
- The SVR Charitable Trust announced costs for repairs to Falling Sands Viaduct had risen, and raised the appeal target to £397,000 (originally £275,000).
- D1015 was painted into BRBritish Rail or British Railways blue livery at the Diesel Depot, the first time all three 'Westerns' on the line were blue.
- On 5 December the SVR Charitable Trust announced an award of £10,000 from the Postcode Local Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, to construct an Anderson shelter and covered seating area at The Engine House.
- On 6 December during a HLFHeritage Lottery Fund (National Lottery Heritage Fund from 2019) #ThanksToYou week, the SVRSevern Valley Railway offered National Lottery players the chance to join a special behind-the-scenes tour of the Carriage Works at Kidderminster.
- On 11 December, BR Riddles 4MT 75069 made her first light engine test runs following a lengthy overhaul. The locomotive was last in service in 1994.
- The Ernest Cook Trust made a £7,000 grant to SVR Charitable Trust to fund training for apprentices at the Heritage Skills Training Academy.
- On 21 January Rogue Events Limited announced a Kickstarter special on the SVRSevern Valley Railway, Murder on the 10:16. The first event was an all-day 1930s themed event on 8 April 2019, and the organisers commented that should they reach their funding goal they intended to add more dates. In the event no more dates were added.
- On 23 January BR 3MT 82045 was moved to Bridgnorth Loco Works for continuation of the construction.
- On 31 January the project to reinstate the platform at Eardington was completed.
- Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service announced SVRSevern Valley Railway had staff attended a 'controlled burn' course, intended to reduce the number of lineside fires.
- On 14 February the Charitable Trust closed its Falling Sands appeal, having passed its (increased) target of £397,000
- On 16 February BR Riddles 4MT 75069 returned to traffic after an overhaul costing more than £900,000 and involving more than 25,000 man hours of effort. The locomotive had last steamed in 1994.
- With both BR Class 40 40106 Atlantic Conveyor and Class 108 DMU unavailable all services were steam-hauled
- On 18 February GWR 6 Wheeled Tool Van 14984 moved to the SVRSevern Valley Railway
- On 2 and 3 March a Small Engines Weekend featured locomotives 7714, 1501 and doubleheaded 813 and D9551
- A mammoth five day shunt at The Engine House moved everything around. Taking up residence were 7819 as the new footplate accessible locomotive, 5764 in its LT guise as L95 and No. 7 'Typhoon' visiting from the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway
- On 15 March visiting LNWRLondon & North Western Railway WebbFrancis Webb, Locomotive Superintendant/Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London and North Western Railway 1871-1903 0-6-2T Coal Tank 58926 (LNWRLondon & North Western Railway 1054) failed on the first day of the Spring Steam Gala. Staff at Bridgnorth MPD pulled out the stops to make sure she was ready to work her scheduled services on the following days. Other visiting engines for the gala were GWR Large Prairie 4144, GWRGreat Western Railway 5600 Class 5619 and 6400 class pannier tank 6430. It had a disappointing attendance.
- The next day 4144 became trapped on the points outside Kidderminster station, also causing delays. For the following weekend's service No 1 Engine Line at Kidderminster was not available for use and trains using platform 1 required a loco change rather than the loco running round its train. It produced a mini-gala with 2857, 4144, 5619, 6430, 7714, 7802, 34027 and 75069 all in use on the standard 3/4 train, plus Footplate Experience, timetable!
- On 20 March 2019 freight operator GB Railfreight and The Class 50 Alliance unveiled 50007 Hercules and 50049 Defiance into GBRfGB Railfreight, a main line rail freight operating company. livery, with the locomotives available to operate selected GBRfGB Railfreight, a main line rail freight operating company. trains on a ‘spot-hire’ basis.
- On 25 March the SVRSevern Valley Railway announced a grant of £853,800 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to help restore Falling Sands Viaduct and to launch an exciting programme of community engagement and exhibitions that will explore the Railway’s early history.
- On 4 April the SVRSevern Valley Railway staged a special event to celebrate the opening of the new refreshment room at Bridgnorth, attended by around 650 shareholders who had invested in the 2017 share offer. The SVRSevern Valley Railway ran a number of special trains between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth for the event.
- On 14 April 33108 hauled the Rag Express. A volunteer at the Diesel Depot sourced an 18-tonne consignment of scrap rags which junior volunteers and ex-SVR Apprentices sorted, then arranged a special train with GWR 'Toad' 17410 and GWR Siphon 2926 to deliver rags up the line, so that other groups could benefit. They also made a 'Rag Express' traditional headboard for the trip.
- The SVRSevern Valley Railway came into unwelcome publicity when found 'naively' to have resold setts donated to the railway as part of the development of Kidderminster mainline station.
- A summer swap with the West Somerset Railway saw 6960 Raveningham Hall return to the SVRSevern Valley Railway with 7802 Bradley Manor enjoying a trip to the seaside. The occasion was a reduced axle loading at the WSR arising from required track and infrastructure works. The Hall's stay was later extended to 2021.
- The DMU Group issued a statement regarding their Class 108 DMU. Due to required bogie repairs neither unit could run and the 2019 Evening Scenic Specials would be replaced by a heritage diesel and carriages as a substitute.
- The Committee on Climate Change's report recommended a new emissions target for the UK of net-zero greenhouse gases by 2050, with all emissions from all sectors eliminated or offset with removals. In addition The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) had proposed a Clean Air Strategy to ban the burning of household coal by 2025. Together they excited much media comment on the threat to the future of heritage railways.
- GBRfGB Railfreight, a main line rail freight operating company. Class 66 66763 Severn Valley Railway visited for four days accompanied by three GBRf IIA hoppers. The special footplate experience trips, in conjunction with another diesel charter, resulted in the introduction of a previously unannounced 'Timetable C'.
- 18 Osprey flat wagons visited the SVRSevern Valley Railway, used to deliver a large quantity of rail.
- Nick Ralls resigned as General Manager
- Step back to the 1940s attracted 5,562 visitors (2018: 6,664).
- On 4 July Bewdley P-Way laid a panel of track at Chateau Impney, Droitwich Spa. 686 The Lady Armaghdale was extricated from The Engine House by BR Class 08 13201 and transported from Bridgnorth for display at the Chateau Impney Hill Climb Motorsport event the following weekend
- On 7 July 7802 Bradley Manor suffered a broken piston rod whilst working on the West Somerset Railway, with significant consequential damage. The Erlestoke Manor Fund announced she would be out of service for a considerable period.
- On 8 July BR Class 08 D3022 departed by road to Bristol, St Phillp's Marsh depot for tyre turning
- The railway was closed between Kidderminster and Arley from 14 July to 17 July while three days of filming of Enola Holmes took place. Passenger services ran between Bridgnorth and Highley using a special 'Timetable D'.
- A summer promotion offered any family purchasing a £49 Family Freedom of the Line ticket could travel again for £19.70, between 20 July and 1 September. The 'hook' was the SVRSevern Valley Railway has been running steam trains since 1970 and this is to celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary. The Summer theme was 'A Very British Summer!' with a myriad of traditional summer activities. The concept brought in families who might not have visited otherwise and passenger numbers were strong.
- On 22 and 23 July, due to a fallen tree on the line between Highley and Hampton Loade, trains ran between Kidderminster and Highley only with a vintage bus service operating between Arley and Bridgnorth. On 23 July 7714 offered footplate rides at Bridgnorth.
- On 8 August a donation wall was erected at The Engine House to recognise contributors to the ‘helping hands for Falling Sands’ appeal
- On 9 August Class 09s D4100 and 09107 replaced 43106 between Bewdley and Kidderminster. With services running late and the crew's hours up, due to a person on the line at Bridgnorth, the decision was made so as to get 43106 back to Bridgnorth without holding the last passenger service from Kidderminster.
- On 20 August out of ticket 45110 was taken by low loader for exhibition at the Great Dorset Steam Fair, there to be towed by traction engines.
- On 22 August ITV's News at Ten carried an item on the need for heritage railway volunteers, featuring the Heritage Skills Training Academy.
- On 30 August the SVRSevern Valley Railway launched its Steam in Lights service in the run up to Christmas
- On 1 September Bewdley held its tenth and final bus gala, the event having outgrown the site.
- The Autumn Steam Gala on 19-22 September had a Southern theme, with guests MaunsellRichard Maunsell, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the South Eastern and Chatham Railway from 1913-1923, and of the Southern Railway 1923-1937. Q class 0-6-0 30541, BulleidOliver Vaughan Snell Bulleid, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Southern Railway 1937-1948 West Country Class PacificLocomotive with a 4-6-2 wheel configuration 34092 City of Wells and BRBritish Rail or British Railways Standard 4MTThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic. class MogulLocomotive with a 2-6-0 wheel configuration 76017. At Eardington the volunteer team attempted to ‘recreate’ the scenes of some of the very limited number of photographs that exist of the tiny station from before the 1960s.
- A team of volunteers from Network Rail spent a day at Highley clearing vegetation on the embankment and pathways around The Engine House, as part of NRNetwork Rail's Corporate Social Responsibility programme.
- Stephen Turner, ORROffice of Rail and Road, formerly Office of Rail Regulation, the independent safety and economic regulator for Britain's railways which includes HM Railway Inspectorate HM Principal Inspector of Railways, spent two days at the SVRSevern Valley Railway conducting a scheduled routine inspection. He wrote that “the railway in general appears to be well managed and operated”.
- The Autumn Diesel Gala on 3-6 October mainly featured the home fleet. The event included the first passenger runs for BR Class 09 09107 and Class 50 50033 Glorious. The Diesel Gala attracted 2,427 passengers against a budget of 3,000 with the Sunday particularly not being as well supported as hoped.
- With Virgin Trains handing over the West Coast trains franchise in December, it donated a collection of Class 390 'Pendolino' name and cone plates to be auctioned, raising nearly £20,000 for the SVR Charitable Trust and £5,000 for Kidderminster Railway Museum.
- Helen Smith was announced as General Manager of both SVRSevern Valley Railway(H) and the Guarantee Company on 11 October 2019, in succession to Nick Ralls.
- On 18 October, SVRSevern Valley Railway Patron HRH the Duke of Gloucester visited Bridgnorth station. As well as a short footplate ride on 75069, he inspected the newly opened refreshment rooms and presented long service awards to a group of SVRSevern Valley Railway pioneers who between them had accumulated some 450 years of active service.
- A new Shareholder Travel Pass came into use, a photo-bearing credit card pass to replace the previous version that was open to abuse.
- LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway Peppercorn A1 PacificLocomotive with a 4-6-2 wheel configuration No. 60163 'Tornado' hauled three weekends of passenger trains.
- LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway StanierWilliam Stanier, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway 1932-1944 Royal Scot 7PThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic. Class 4-6-0 No. 46100 Royal Scot visited for running in, but not hauling passenger trains.
- On 16 November diesels 67004 and 67006 hauled a blue and grey Mark 2 set on UK Railtours' 'The Severn Valley Autumn Special' from Euston to Kidderminster Town and the Bridgnorth-Euston return. An amended and augmented public timetable was in force, and the Christmas Fayre at The Engine House.
- On 25 November 47593 delivered eight Mark 3 Sleepers for temporary storage outside Kidderminster Carriage Shed, for Locomotive Services Limited.
- Nick Ralls left as General Manager on 29 November. His successor Helen Smith started two days beforehand.
- On 30 November the SVRSevern Valley Railway operated its first public 'Steam in Lights' services. Press and members' services had operated the previous week. The season's trains sold-out, carrying 8,508 passengers.
- During a vist by SVRSevern Valley Railway Patron HRH The Duke of Gloucester in late November, former Charitable Trust Chairman Hugh McQuade was invited to become the Trust's first Vice President.
- On 1 December the Railway celebrated the return of Santa services to Bridgnorth after 40 years with a Santa train charity special. More than 170 passengers enjoyed complimentary tickets, distributed to eight different charities.
- GWR 1450's boiler ticket was extended from Spring to the end of 2020, with replacement of two large tubes.
- Regent Oil & Texaco 345 Aviation Fuel Tank Wagon was outshopped after overhul and repaint.
- Two preservation groups with an SVR connection were nominated for the Heritage Railway Association's 2020 Awards. The Class 50 Alliance was shortlisted for the Coiley Locomotive Engineering Award for the restoration of Class 50 no. 50033 Glorious at the SVRSevern Valley Railway. The Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust Ltd was nominated for the Morgan Award for Preservation for 2886, awarded to an HRAHeritage Railway Association member organisation for an outstanding achievement in the restoration of carriages or rolling stock.
- The SVRSevern Valley Railway delivered £4,000 of toys to Birmingham Children's Hospital and children’s charities across the West Midlands.
- The Chairman of the Diesel Committee advised BR Class 27 D5410 was no longer a SVRSevern Valley Railway resident.
- A 200' long westward extension to theBridgnorth Loco Works footprint was added by the building of a wall of concrete sleepers, for additional storage space.
- From 30 December the line was closed between Bewdley and Kidderminster for a three month period, for work on Falling Sands Viaduct.
Steam locomotives used
A table of steam locomotives used since 2010 is shown below. Where detailed mileage records were not published in SVRSevern Valley Railway News, locomotives used are marked 'X'. For locomotives hired in, the table identifies whether they were present either for the Summer (S) or Winter (W).
|813||515||1,724||1,592||1,344||Returned to service November 2016|
|1450||2,110||1,714||1,297||2,640||3,487||1,178||Arrived on SVRSevern Valley Railway March 2014.|
|1501||X||4,701||5,128||4,356||4,755||5,546||8,042||5,311||Returned to service September 2012|
|2857||X||X||10,624||10,477||10,828||8,216||5,278||8,209||8,605||Returned to service summer 2011|
|4566||X||X||X||4,606||5,775||5,644||4,346||84||Withdrawn at end of 2016 season|
|5164||X||X||X||8,556||Withdrawn at end of 2013 season|
|5764||X||Withdrawn January 2011|
|7714||366||7,770||7,105||9,253½||Returned to service December 2016|
|7802 Bradley Manor||X||1,238||9,139||7,592||8,739||4,328||Withdrawn Feb 2011. Returned Nov 2015. Withdrawn 2019.|
|7812 Erlestoke Manor||X||X||X||7,579||9,329||7,725||9,402||7,278||Withdrawn Dec 2017.|
|34027 Taw Valley||6,265||7,716||5,956||7,241||7,002||Returned to service May 2015|
|34053 Sir Keith Park||X||7,937||8,220||8,130||7,054||6,375||132||Returned to Swanage at the end of the 2017 season|
|42968||X||X||X||Withdrawn at end of 2012 season|
|43106||X||X||X||5,235||9,597||10,247||6,767||9,934||7,911||4,779||Mid-term overhaul in 2013|
|46443||X||X||Withdrawn January 2012|
|80072||X (W)||465 (W)||1,259|
|4936 Kinlet Hall||981 (S+W)||507 (S)|
|6990 Witherslack Hall||X (Spring)||680 (W)||48|
|6960 Raveningham Hall||4,659 (S+W)|
SVRSevern Valley Railway News unless otherwise stated.
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 169
- Express Points Web Round-UpIn reference to the direction of travel means towards the major terminus (i.e. towards Kidderminster on the present day SVR), May 2010
- Hastings Diesel Limited (Retrieved 24 April 2018)
- Express Points web round up, August 2010
- Express Points web round up, September 2010
- The Railway Magazine, September 2010
- 'Severn Valley Railway in recruitment boost', Shropshire Star, 18 August 2010
- Express Points Web Round UpIn reference to the direction of travel means towards the major terminus (i.e. towards Kidderminster on the present day SVR), September 2010
- Express Points Web Round-UpIn reference to the direction of travel means towards the major terminus (i.e. towards Kidderminster on the present day SVR), April 2011
- Youtube, 24 June 2011 (Retrieved 28 June 2019)
- Express Pionts web round up, August 2011
- 'Severn Valley Railway has major expansion plans', Shropshire Star, 9 August 2011 (Retrieved 1 August 2019)
- 'Bosses rule out Severn Valley Railway extension', Shropshire Star, 11 August 2011 (Retrieved 1 August 2019)
- Lord Faulkner of Worcester's Flickr page
- Express Points Web Round-UpIn reference to the direction of travel means towards the major terminus (i.e. towards Kidderminster on the present day SVR), May 2012
- Express Points web round up, September 2011
- Midlands Business News, 29 August 2012
- SVRSevern Valley Railway Live
- 'British Sea Power steam in for Severn Valley Railway show', Shropshire Star, 2 August 2012 (Retrieved 1 August 2019)
- Express Points Web Round UpIn reference to the direction of travel means towards the major terminus (i.e. towards Kidderminster on the present day SVR), September 2012
- Express Points Web Round UpIn reference to the direction of travel means towards the major terminus (i.e. towards Kidderminster on the present day SVR) October 2013
- Express Points Web Round-UpIn reference to the direction of travel means towards the major terminus (i.e. towards Kidderminster on the present day SVR), September 2013
- SVRA website via Internet Archive Wayback Machine
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 185. p12.
- Express Points Web Round-UpIn reference to the direction of travel means towards the major terminus (i.e. towards Kidderminster on the present day SVR), May 2014
- SVR-Online Forum post
- Express Points Web Round-UpIn reference to the direction of travel means towards the major terminus (i.e. towards Kidderminster on the present day SVR), May 2015
- SVRSevern Valley Railway Notice Board Issue NBINotice Board Issue. The SVR's on-line method of circulating information to working members.-H-276 "Purchase of 10 Acres of Land to the West of Bridgnorth"
- Express Points Web Round-UpIn reference to the direction of travel means towards the major terminus (i.e. towards Kidderminster on the present day SVR), October 2015
- Express Points Web Round-UpIn reference to the direction of travel means towards the major terminus (i.e. towards Kidderminster on the present day SVR), August 2015
- Diesel Depot thread on SVRA forum
- Express Points Web Round-UpIn reference to the direction of travel means towards the major terminus (i.e. towards Kidderminster on the present day SVR), May 2016
- Shropshire Council web site Link
- D Mellor, SVRSevern Valley Railway (G) Company Secretary, 1 July 2016.
- SVRA Forum
- Express Points Web Round-UpIn reference to the direction of travel means towards the major terminus (i.e. towards Kidderminster on the present day SVR), September 2016
- Shropshire Star 6 December 2016
- SVRLive (retrieved 3 January 2017)
- SVRSevern Valley Railway Noticeboard Issue
- SVRLive (retrieved 3 January 2017)
- Kidderminster Shuttle 5 January 2017 (retrieved 15 January 2017)
- SVRSevern Valley Railway website
- SVRSevern Valley Railway website news item 'It’s ‘I Do’ for our newest wedding venue – just in time for Valentines!', February 2017
- SVRSevern Valley Railway website
- SVRSevern Valley Railway Official Facebook
- SVRSevern Valley Railway e-newsletter
- SVR Website share offer page (retrieved 1 November 2017)
- LNER Coach Fund Newsletter No. 68
- Express Points, April 2018
- Railway Magazine website
- Friends of Hagley Hall
- 82045 Facebook page
- WILT 2047 2018 Restoration page
- Video on Sharpo's World
- Bridgnorth Art Trail website
- SVRSevern Valley Railway website
- Express Points, August 2018
- SVRSevern Valley Railway Facebook 10 October 2018
- 'Controlled burns at the Severn Valley Railway', Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, 1 February 2019
- NBINotice Board Issue. The SVR's on-line method of circulating information to working members. March 2020
- Class 50 Alliance, 15 January 2019
- GB Railfreight Facebook 20 March 2019
- SVRSevern Valley Railway Website
- 'Gift cobbles to Severn Valley Railway appear on eBay', Kidderminster Shuttle, 2 May 2019 (Retrieved 2 May 2019)
- The DMU Group (West Midlands), 27 May 2019 (Retrieved 25 Hune 2019)
- 'Heritage railway wants government help after coal ban', BBC website, 5 August 2019
- Shropshire Star 23 July 2019 (Retrieved 29 July 2019)
- Express Points, September 2019
- SVRSevern Valley Railway(H) annual report and financial statements for the period ended 5 January 2020
- Express Points, October and November 2019 issues
- Branch Lines, November 2019
- 'Hugh McQuade becomes first vice president of the Charitable Trust', Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust website, November 2019 (Retrieved 19 December 2019)
- Express Points January 2020
- Shropshire Star, 18 December 2019.
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 210