We fund a wide range of projects at the SVR

The money from passenger fares and from our shops, cafes and pubs covers the day-to-day running costs of the Railway. But it doesn't pay for the huge restoration costs of our locomotives, coaches, track and infrastructure, or for training our engineering apprentices.

It costs:

Up to £1,000,000 to overhaul and restore a steam locomotive

Up to £90,000 to restore a heritage coach

£1.397 million to restore the ageing Falling Sands viaduct

£21,000 a year to train an apprentice in the SVR's Heritage Apprenticeship Scheme (HAS)

The Charitable Trust was consequently established in 2012 to raise funds to:

1.    Advance education for the benefit of the public by financing the acquisition, restoration, preservation and operation of heritage locomotives, coaches, wagons, buildings, track and other associated infrastructure.

2.    Establish buildings to house and preserve the Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust rolling stock collection.

3.    Provide education and interpretive displays for the travelling public.

4.    Provide educational and skills training used in the restoration, repair and operation of historic railways to ensure their long term survival,

The impact

The Trust has a huge impact on the Railway. Donations approved in 2020 include:



How you can help

There's so much more that needs doing, and that's where you can help. Perhaps you would consider leaving a gift in your Will? Perhaps you would donate online today, or set up a regular donation?


However you choose to help, you will be playing a part in keeping this wonderful piece of living history alive for future generations to enjoy.