Welcome to the Severn Valley Railway Wiki

From this week's featured article
GWR Corridor Composite 7284 is a late Collett-era design, built in 1941. It was first restored in 1971 and in the mid-1970s formed part of the SVR's GWR rake of carriages used on the main line. It has seen regular service since but was withdrawn for repairs in mid-May 2020. (Full article...)
Schematic Map of the SVR

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For 101 years between 1862 and 1963, the Severn Valley Railway formed part of the national railway network, running for 40 miles between Hartlebury and Shrewsbury. Established as a separate company, it was mainly operated by the Great Western Railway (GWR) and later by British Railways (BR).

The present day Severn Valley Railway (SVR) was established in 1965 to preserve part of the line as a heritage railway. Today it has six stations and two halts and runs for 16 miles along the Severn Valley between Bridgnorth in Shropshire and Kidderminster in Worcestershire, following the course of the River Severn for much of its route. Train services are hauled predominantly by steam locomotives, regularly supplemented by a diesel multiple unit and diesel locomotive hauled trains.

This unofficial website is a project aimed to collect information and record events relating to the SVR, both past and present.

For timetables, fare information, and news about special events, please visit the SVR Official Website. Other news and information of interest to members, shareholders and enthusiasts can be found on SVRLive.

From March 2020 the SVR is closed until the end of July due to the 2020 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The SVR has launched a Fight Back Fund to help the Railway through this emergency; details may be found here. The King and Castle pub at Kidderminster and the Railwayman's Arms pub at Bridgnorth reopened on 4 July. Passenger services will restart on 1 August; tickets must be purchased in advance. Details may be found on the SVR Official Website here.

Categories of article

History of the Severn Valley Railway

Current events on the SVR

Information about the SVR


Query Corner

Unsurprisingly, there are a large number of questions about the SVR, both in pre-preservation days and for a number of historical items since then. Take a visit down to Query Corner to see if you have a recollection relating to some long forgotten event, or know of a reliable source (maybe an early edition of the SVR News?) that might have the information we need!

Adding to this Wiki

This site, or "wiki", is a collaborative effort, and anyone who has any knowledge relating to the SVR should feel free to contribute. Once you have created a user account and logged in, you can modify any page by clicking the "Edit" button in the top right hand corner. For some tips on how to format pages, and some guidelines on how to make this wiki accessible can be found on Tips for contributing to the SVR Wiki.

Alternatively, if you don't feel confident editing this Wiki (although there is no reason you shouldn't!!), each article also has a "Discussion" page, which can be accessed by clicking the relevant button in the top left hand corner. This allows you to make additions, suggestions, or corrections to a page without making any change to the article itself.