The Severn Valley Railway in preservation

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History

Opening dates

Services on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society began progressively as follows:

  • May 1970: Bridgnorth to Hampton Loade. This section had been closed by BRBritish Rail or British Railways in 1963.
  • May 1974: Hampton Loade to Bewdley (services as far as Highley began a month earlier). The SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society also acquired the line between Bewdley and Foley Park, although this was only used on special occasions such as 'Enthusiasts Events'. BRBritish Rail or British Railways’s use of Bewdley Station and the Foley Park connection had ended in 1970 when onward services from Bewdley ceased.
  • July 1984: Bewdley to Kidderminster. Use of the last portion under BRBritish Rail or British Railways ownership for commercial traffic from Foley Park to Kidderminster had ended in 1982. BRBritish Rail or British Railways would continue to use the existing station at Kidderminster as part of the Birmingham Snow Hill to Worcester line. As it was not feasible to share this station, the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society built their own adjacent station, Kidderminster Town.

Other notable events

Follow the links below to see a history of the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society in preservation by year.

Severn Valley Railway timeline since 1965
1965-1969 1965 * 1966 * 1967 * 1968 * 1969
1970-1979 1970 * 1971 * 1972 * 1973 * 1974 * 1975 * 1976 * 1977 * 1978 * 1979
1980-1989 1980 * 1981 * 1982 * 1983 * 1984 * 1985 * 1986 * 1987 * 1988 * 1989
1990-1999 1990 * 1991 * 1992 * 1993 * 1994 * 1995 * 1996 * 1997 * 1998 * 1999
2000-2009 2000 * 2001 * 2002 * 2003 * 2004 * 2005 * 2006 * 2007 * 2008 * 2009
2010-2019 2010 * 2011 * 2012 * 2013 * 2014 * 2015 * 2016 * 2017 * 2018 * 2019

Current Organisation

The present day Severn Valley Railway (SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society) is made up of three companies:[1]

  • Severn Valley Railway (Holdings) PLC, usually abbreviated to “SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society(H)”, is the public company that owns the railway’s infrastructure. The SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society has around 15,000 shareholders, who own a stake in this company.
  • Severn Valley Railway Company Limited, commonly referred to as “the Guarantee Company”, is the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society’s membership arm and provides the volunteers who help to operate the railway. The Guarantee Company owns approximately 17.75% of SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society(H).[2] The SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society has around 12,500 members, who are automatically members of this company (all of the around 1,700 volunteers must be members).
  • Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust Ltd, “the Charitable Trust”, raises funds to support the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society. The objectives are to raise funds for the long-term preservation of rolling stock belonging to the trust and station buildings, track and other associated infrastructure. It also includes the education for the benefit of the public and provision of education and skills training.[3]

The Severn Valley Railway Association, “SVRA” was a separate group run by working volunteers with the objective of providing support to the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society membership, and particularly the working volunteers. The SVRA was merged into the Guarantee Company in October 2015.[4]

Internally the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society is organised into a number of departments, principally as follows:

Motive Power Department (MPDMotive Power Depot)

Bridgnorth Locomotive Works (Engineering Services)
Bridgnorth Boiler Shop
Locomotive Crew

Operating Department

Train crew
Signalling
Stations and Booking Offices
Rostering

Signalling

IT and Telecomunications

Permanent Way Department (P.W.Permanent Way Department)

Carriages and Wagons

Catering, Bars and Buffet Cars

Marketing

Chairmen

A list of Chairmen, and those holding the title of President/Patron of SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society(H), is as follows:

Severn Valley Railway Society

The Guarantee Company

SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society(H)

President:
The position of President has not been occupied since, although a number of retired Chairmen and other long-serving officials have been given the honorary position of Vice-President. At the end of 2018 there were 9 current Vice-Presidents.[5]
Patron
  • HRH The Duke of Gloucester, KG, GCVO, GCStJ 1997-

Severn Valley Railway Association See SVRA Chairmen

SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society Charitable Trust

The SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society Rolling Stock Trust Company Limited:
Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust Limited

General Managers

The General Manager is the leading manager of both SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society(H) and the Guarantee Company. The position is not currently a Director of either company. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society General Managers were as follows:

References

  1. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society website
  2. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society(G) 2017 report and accounts, p.5
  3. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society Charitable Trust website
  4. SVRA website
  5. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 204
  6. 'Railway chief leaves position', Kidderminster Shuttle, 21 September 2006 (Retrieved 4 April 2019)
  7. Shropshire Live 25 June 2019 (Retrieved 28 June 2019)

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