Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust Ltd

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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 were matched, pound for pound, by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of up to £500,000 which was reached on 26 May 2017. It has aspirations to grow the Fund to £10 million.[1]
  • 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
  • It works with supporters to ensure their wishes are kept when they decide to leave a final legacy to the Railway in their Will.

Current appeals

  • It is appying to the HLFHeritage Lottery Fund (National Lottery Heritage Fund from 2019) for funds to repair Falling Sands Viaduct
  • The Trust supports the diesel groups' appeal seeking to improve facilities at the Kidderminster Diesel Depot which opened in June 2016.[2] As of July 2017 donations have reached £6,430.
  • The Charitable Trust is supporting the SVRSevern Valley Railway’s ambitious Bridgnorth Development Project. As of November 2017 £83,000 has now been received for the project, including £18,000 that has been restricted to restoring the Bristol Bath Road turntable at the station.[3]

Previous support

  • 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.
  • In January 2018 it raised over £10,000 by appeal to repair damage caused by vandals to two coaches.
  • A rolling stock fundraising and restoration project for GWR Toad van 17410 took place in collaboration with the LNER Carriage Group. By 2017 donations reached £7,275.[4]

Fundraising events

Events organised by the Charitable Trust include:[5]

  • April 2014: Charity Race Day at Ludlow Races
  • June 2015: Charity Race Day at Worcester Racecourse raising £34,500[6]
  • June 2016: Charity Race Day at Worcester Racecourse raising £22,000[7]
  • September 2016: VIP Flying Scotsman Charity Day[8]
  • 14 June 2017: Charity Race Day at Worcester Racecourse raising £23,000.[9]
  • 11 June 2018: Annual Charity Race Day at Worcester Racecourse raising £13,000.[10]

The Charitable Trust took over the organisation of the annual Peep Behind the Scenes day for 2017.

Rolling stock

The Charitable Trust owns GWR 7819 Hinton Manor, BR Class 11 12099 and a number of carriages and goods wagons:

  • 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."[11]

A full list of all the rolling stock owned by the Trust can be found here.

See also

The SVR Organisation
List of rolling stock owned by The SVR Charitable Trust
List of Charities associated with the SVR
L.M.S. & B.R. Coach Department - a department of the Trust
The LNER Carriage Group - part of the Trust
Friends of 4930 Hagley Hall - integrated into the trust to maximise income through Gift Aid
Falling Sands Viaduct


  1. SVRLive Charitable Trust page, 26 April 2017
  2. Diesel Leaflet
  3. 'Bridgnorth Project' page, 28 November 2017
  4. SVRLive 'GWRGreat Western Railway ToadGWR telegraphic code signifying a goods brake van, which became the standard design's nickname van 17410' page, 7 July 2017
  5. Charitable Trust news page
  6. Worcester News
  7. James Connell, 'Race day at Worcester supports Severn Valley Railway's Heritage Skills Training Academy', Malvern Gazette 23 June 2016 (Retrieved 5 March 2017)
  8. Charitable Trust Flying Scotsman page
  9. SVRSevern Valley Railway Twitter 15 June 2017
  10. 'Express Points', July 2018
  11. Statement from Director of Development, November 2016 on SVR Live


Charitable Trust website
SVRLive page