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About us

The SVR Charitable Trust was established in 2012. It has already made substantial contributions towards various projects on the Railway such as the launch and ongoing operation of the Heritage Apprenticeship Scheme (HAS), track re-laying, building and rolling stock refurbishment. Find out more about Severn Valley Railway History. 

Our Vision

The Severn Valley Railway’s continued success depends upon its ability to provide an excellent day out for the general visitor and rail enthusiast alike. However, maintaining and operating one of the world's leading heritage railways is not an easy task in the 21st century.

Looking to the future, plans are being developed to make further investments in the infrastructure and rolling stock to ensure the continued preservation and operation of the Severn Valley Railway. 

All of us, who have supported the Railway over the years, want to see it protected as our legacy to future generations, and for the enjoyment today of the Railway’s many visitors and volunteers.

The Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust is committed to supporting the Railway through its fundraising, and building its endowment Future Fund. We want the Railway to meet the needs of future generations. It is our legacy.
Around 1,700 volunteers are at the heart of the Railway and give life to everything we do. In recognition of this it is planned to build on this vital volunteer support and invest to become the ‘best in class’ reference for conservation and technical skills in maintaining heritage steam locomotives and rolling stock.

Our Vehicles

Over the past 20 years the Trust has taken ownership of a variety of rolling stock to ensure their long term security. Find out more here.

Our Team

The Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust consists of a Board of Trustees and several volunteers plus a part time Project Manager to help run our operation.


Ron Treverton-Jones -  Chairman and Trustee

Paul Fathers - Vice Chairman and Trustee

Laura Shoaf - Trustee

Paul Hobson - Trustee/Finance

Michael Howard - Trustee/Company Secretary

Judith Meredith - Trustee/Grants

Dhushyanthan Surendra Kumar - Trustee

Chris Walton – Trustee and Chairman of SVR Holdings Plc

Hugh McQuade – Honorary Vice President

David Owen OBE – Honorary Vice President


Project Manager – Sarah Thompson
Company Secretary and Legacies – Michael Howard
Grants Manager – Judith Meredith

Finance – Paul Hobson
Fundraising – Dhushy Surendra Kumar
Rolling Stock – Paul Fathers

Endowment Fund - Ron Treverton-Jones

Minutes Secretary  - Richard Shaw

Membership - Sue Cranmore
IT Volunteer - Amy Baker

Articles of Association

You can download a copy of the SVRCT's Articles of Association here.

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