Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust Ltd
Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust Ltd is a Registered Charity, Number 1092723, for the purpose of raising funds to support the SVRSevern Valley Railway. It is commonly referred to on the SVRSevern Valley Railway as "the Charitable Trust", and was originally called the SVRSevern Valley Railway Rolling Stock Trust. Its objectives are to help fund restoration and maintenance projects, to help arrest the decline of heritage engineering skills and to safeguard the long-term future and operational capability of the Railway.
- The Charitable Trust funds most of the costs of the SVRSevern Valley Railway’s Heritage Skills Training Academy and team of apprentices.
- Income from its endowment Future Fund will allow sustainable investment on the Railway in the years to come. Donations to the Future Fund are being matched, pound for pound, by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of up to £500,000 until June 2017. As of March 2017[update] donations have reached £435,000,
- A rolling stock fundraising and restoration project for GWR Toad van 17410 is now underway, in collaboration with the LNER Carriage Group. As of February 2017[update] donations have reached £4,000,
- In May 2016, the Trust secured a grant of £75,000 from the Department for Transport towards a project which will transform the Railway’s facilities for disabled visitors by adapting a carriage to wheelchair use to complete the SVRSevern Valley Railway’s fleet of accessible carriages, and rebuilding a second carriage to provide wheelchair-accessible dining facilities.
- The Charitable Trust is supporting the SVRSevern Valley Railway’s ambitious Bridgnorth Development Project. As of March 2017[update] donations have reached £30,000,
- The Trust supports the diesel groups' appeal seeking to improve facilities at the Kidderminster Diesel Depot which opened in June 2016.
- It works with supporters to ensure their wishes are kept when they decide to leave a final legacy to the Railway in their Will.
Previous support included:
- It secured an HLFHeritage Lottery Fund (National Lottery Heritage Fund from 2019) grant of £95,000 towards the restoration of 4930 Hagley Hall .
- The Trust has worked closely with volunteers from the LNER Carriage Group to raise funds for and in conjunction with Carriage & Wagon to complete the final restoration work on three GresleySir Nigel Gresley, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London & North Eastern Railway 1923-1941 teak carriages (Kitchen Composite 7960, Brake Third 24506 and Open Third 52255.) These were splendidly showcased when Flying Scotsman visited the SVRSevern Valley Railway in September 2016.
- It contributed to the annual track re-laying work that took place in 2016 between Eardington and Bridgnorth.
Recent events organised by the Charitable Trust have included:
- April 2014: Charity Race Day at Ludlow Races
- June 2015: Charity Race Day at Worcester Racecourse
- June 2016: Charity Race Day at Worcester Racecourse
- September 2016: VIP Flying Scotsman Charity Day
The Charitable Trust has taken over the organisation of the annual Peep Behind the Scenes day with effect from 2017.
- Some of these carriages were formerly owned by a separate body, the L.M.S & B.R.British Rail or British Railways Coach Fund. The Coach Fund donated them to the Charitable Trust in 2007, following which it became a department within the Charitable Trust. The department maintains a sales coach at Bridgnorth.
- Three carriages were also acquired from the LNER (SVR) Coach Fund in 2010, at which time the LNER Carriage Group similarly became a department within the Charitable Trust.
- In early 2016, the LNER (SVR) Coach Fund and the SVR Holdings Company transferred the ownership of their LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway carriages to the Charitable Trust, resulting in the Trust now owning all nine LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway carriages based on the SVRSevern Valley Railway.
The Charitable Trust is the SVRSevern Valley Railway's 'owner of last resort', "...ensuring that various locomotives, coaches and wagons that have been lovingly restored over many years by SVRSevern Valley Railway volunteers can remain at the Railway, in perpetuity. As the members of the many preservation groups inevitably age and their numbers dwindle, items of rolling stock can be donated to the Charitable Trust, in order to be absolutely certain they will remain at the Railway for the long-term."
A full list of all the rolling stock owned by the Trust can be found here.
- SVRLive Charitable Trust page, 16 March 2017
- SVRLive 'GWRGreat Western Railway ToadGWR telegraphic code signifying a goods brake van, which became the standard design's nickname van 17410' page, 23 February 2017
- SVRLive 'Bridgnorth development' page, 23 February 2017
- Diesel Leaflet
- Charitable Trust news page
- James Connell, 'Race day at Worcester supports Severn Valley Railway's Heritage Skills Training Academy', Malvern Gazette 23 June 2016 (Retrieved 5 March 2017)
- Charitable Trust Flying Scotsman page
- Statement from Director of Development, November 2016 on SVR Live