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Can you help us in our quest to restore Falling Sands viaduct?

We're through to the second stage of making our bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £1 million to restore the Falling Sands viaduct, a vital part of the Railway's infrastructure.

And that's where you come in. Because as well as the £1 million from HLF, we need to raise a further £250,000 for Falling Sands in donations, from individuals and trusts. By getting as much of this money in place, as soon as possible, we will show the will and support that's behind our bid to HLF for this essential SVR infrastructure project. 

We're planning a full fundraising campaign but you can give us a head start, by donating to Falling Sands right now.

You can download and complete a donation form or use JustGiving and Paypal. Please tell us you would like your donation to go to Falling Sands.

See our Falling Sands page for more details on this exciting and essential project. 

Why I am proud to be involved with the SVR Charitable Trust 

John Leftwich, Trustee and supporter

Fifty years ago, it would have been easy to let the Severn Valley Railway slip into obscurity. Like so many other picturesque lines, the tracks would have been torn up, bridges left to collapse and cuttings completely overgrown. An important piece of our industrial heritage would have been lost forever.

Thanks to the spirited vision of the early preservationists, quite the opposite has happened. The Railway now is as picturesque and thriving as it ever was, and remarkably it carries more passengers now than it ever did.

The cost of the day-to-day running of the Severn Valley Railway is covered thanks to the Railway’s 1,700 volunteers and a small group of paid staff who help generate the daily income from passenger fares, the shops and catering outlets.

But we need substantial extra funds so we can maintain the SVR's ageing infrastructure and rolling stock. We want to make sure this beautiful Railway keeps running long into the future, allowing everyone to experience the golden age of travel. The Trustees and I are committed to securing the funding the Railway needs for a secure and sustainable future. It's about doing justice to the pioneers who have brought the Railway this far, keeping their pioneering spirit alive and continuing their work for the benefit of future generations."

Formerly The SVR Rolling Stock Trust, the Charitable Trust was formed in May 2012 in recognition of the increasing demands of the Railway and a need to broaden the scope of our activity. Originally caring exclusively for the Railway’s vehicles, the remit was expanded to cover the 150 year old infrastructure, buildings and other developments.

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