Education and exhibitions

Activities and events associated with our Falling Sands restoration project

Our major infrastructure restoration project is a springboard for us to fund all kinds of exciting and innovative events and activities at the SVR. Here are just a few of the highlights of what will take place before the end of 2020. Find more information on our dedicated project website at    

An oral history project will train volunteers to record the amazing stories of people who have been the life blood of the Railway; including, founder members, volunteers and staff.

A research project led by a specialist to upskill volunteers in archive investigation techniques, to explore the history of the Railway and its impact on local people.

A mobile exhibition housed inside a restored Stove R brake van, allowing visitors to use interactive audio visuals to find out more about the Falling Sands Viaduct and the loop-line.

Youth and education sessions for local schools and a youth group to take part in a variety of creative activities and engage with the Railway's history.


Journey through time exhibition

Funded and developed by the SVR Charitable Trust, Journey through time charts the history and development of the Severn Valley line, starting with the growing need for transport during the Industrial Revolution.  

The exhibition includes many fascinating archive photographs and articles recovered from the British Newspaper Archive. It’s the first exhibition at the Railway that’s covered the pre-preservation history of the SVR, and heralds the innovative programme of new interpretation that’s planned over the coming year, including a major new Engine House exhibition in 2020 as part of the Falling Sands restoration project

Anderson shelter helps children learn about WW2

Thanks to our successful bid for funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery, we paid for an enlarged Anderson shelter at The Engine House, Highley. More than 10,000 children visit the Railway each year on our educational programmes, and the new shelter plays a key part in their experience. Education officer  Helen Russell explains more in this short video.

The PPL funding was also used to build a large, outdoor classroom at The Engine House, which means our educational activities can take place even when the weather is less than ideal.  Plus, no surprise, children love learning in this outdoor setting!

L95: from London to the Severn Valley

This locomotive forms part of the static display at The Engine House, Highley and the Charitable Trust funded a comprehensive exhibition that has been installed alongside it, showing the 'life and times' of this Collett-designed GWR pannier tank engine which first entered service as No 5764 in West London's Old Oak Common shed in 1929. It was renamed L95 when it entered service with London Underground in 1960.

The last locomotive to haul a mainline train

We funded a series of panels giving the background and history of No 45110, affectionately known as a Black 5, during its time in residence at The Engine House Visitor Centre, Highley. This was the last steam locomotive to work a passenger train on British railways at the 'end of steam' in 1968.