Kidderminster

  • Nine railways you can enjoy a brew or pint at

    Nine railways you can enjoy a brew or pint at

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    While some heritage lines have yet to recommence their regular train operation, they have reopened their refreshment facilities. If you fancy a day out which also supports a heritage railway – perhaps combining it with a walk or cycle ride – why not call in for a cuppa, a pint or piece of cake or…

  • Severn Valley Railway launches ‘Adopt-an-Engine’ as it opens online shop

    Severn Valley Railway launches ‘Adopt-an-Engine’ as it opens online shop

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    The Severn Valley Railway has reopened its virtual doors with the launch of its online shop, featuring a range of gifts for railway enthusiasts of all ages. The heritage line has launched ‘Adopt-an-Engine’ packages which each come with a selection of exclusive merchandise alongside a certificate and glossy photograph of the chosen locomotive. With four…

  • Severn Valley Railway emergency appeal hits £100,000 milestone

    Severn Valley Railway emergency appeal hits £100,000 milestone

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    The coronavirus pandemic has forced the closure of the Severn Valley Railway, one of the country’s leading heritage attractions. But, the railway’s emergency appeal has already raised more than £100,000.

  • Western Champion re-engined but woes continue after festival

    Western Champion re-engined but woes continue after festival

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    MAIN-LINE certificated Class 52 No. D1015 Western Champion is seen at Severn Valley Railway (SVR) Kidderminster, ex-works, on September 15.  Owner Diesel Traction Group has installed an overhauled MD655 engine in the B end, which was started successfully, and the loco participated in the SVR’s October 3-6 diesel festival.  However, the A-end engine has deteriorated because…

  • Retaining heritage skills for the future

    Retaining heritage skills for the future

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    This month’s feature about apprentices at the Severn Valley Railway focuses on Richard Davis, who first joined the railway as a cleaner, but has since moved into the carriage & wagon workshop to hone his engineering skills.  AT THE age of 30, Richard Davis is a good few years older than the Severn Valley Railway’s…

  • Droning on: Drones bring new dimension to rail photography

    Droning on: Drones bring new dimension to rail photography

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    Words: Chris Milner, Photography: Geoff Griffiths The availability and affordability of a ‘drone’ for the average person has brought a new dimension to all types of photography. Until a few years ago the use of a drone was usually limited to military applications, but miniaturisation, coupled with portability, affordability and the fitment of a decent…

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