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Severn Valley Railway

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A Kidderminster bound train pulls away from Borle Viaduct.

The Severn Valley Railway [1] is a steam heritage tourist line in England. It runs for 16 miles.

Get in[edit]

The Severn valley railway can be accessed from any of the stations on the railways route, although most visitors will start their trip at either end of the line.

The railway does not have direct interchanges with the rest of the UK rail network, although Kidderminster Town is only a short walk from Kidderminster (SVR) station.

By car[edit]

Bridgnorth station is on Hollybrush Road in Bridgnorth It is signposted from the A458 Birmingham - Stourbridge - Shrewsbury road, or the A442 Telford - Kidderminster road

The station provides a small car-park operated on a pay & display basis, and charged at(2012 price) 3.00 UK Pounds per day.

Kidderminster station is on Comberton Hill, in Kidderminster It is signposted from , M5 Junctions 3 and 6(NB only) as well as locally in Kidderminster, Standard UK Brown tourist navigation signs are used.

A small car-park is provided (pay & display) - Charged at (2012 price) 3.00 UK pounds per day, although the SVR website notes this can become become full at busy periods.

Get around[edit]

As a railway, the best method of travelling between locations is the railway itself, with most of the rail related attractions being located on or within waking distance of them.


Kidderminster town during a staged WWII event
  • Kidderminster Town station - Although not an original , this station was based on GWR designs.
  • The Engine House at Highley - This attraction houses an extensive part of the SVR's heritage collection, including a royal coach used by George V. An admission charge is payable, but waived for visitors with certain rover tickets for the rest of the SVR.
The Railwayman's Arms, Bridgnorth
  • Bridgnorth - An original station (Grade II listed building) , with an on platform pub!

The railway also operates a number of special events across the railway, as well as at The Engine House.


A number of SVR stations have gift shops, Bridgnorth also has a well stocked transport bookshop.


An on train 'trolley' service is provided.

There is a refreshment facility at Bridgnorth, as well as an on-station pub (offering pub snacks)

Flag and Whistle Stop - Located within The Engine House (Highley)


The area through which the Severn Valley Railway passes is served by most UK phone operators, and all stations have access to the UK telephone system.

Stay safe[edit]

The usual advice for the UK is applicable. It should be noted that although a tourist line, the SVR is still an 'operational' railway.

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