VIP Flying Scotsman Charity Day: Wednesday 21st September 2016

What a day we had! It was an historic one too. The Severn Valley Railway hosted the first occasion since 1964 on which Flying Scotsman hauled a full rake of nine Gresley-designed teak carriages. All these beautifully restored coaches are owned by the Charitable Trust, which made it an extra pleasure to be able to share such a special occasion with so many of our supporters.

As you will see from the collection of photos on this page, many of our guests entered fully into the spirit of the day by dressing 1930s style.

You probably won’t be surprised to know that months of careful preparation and attention to detail went on to ensure that our event, and the five subsequent days of Pacific Power have been able to take place. Without the dedication and hard work of thousands of volunteers we couldn’t have done any of this, and we owe them a huge amount of thanks and appreciation.

Because it was the first day in such a very high profile series, it was always clear that our VIP Flying Scotsman Charity Day was going to attract the lion’s share of public and press attention.

As well as our on board guests, we also welcomed two film crews, two radio stations and dozens of regional and heritage reporters and photographers. The event has generated an enormous amount of publicity for the Railway, and has helped to raise our profile as a major heritage attraction. We received coverage on ITV Central and BBC Midlands Today, who broadcast their programme live from our station at Bridgnorth!

Many thanks to our photographers, Bob Sweet and Mark Ansell. As you'll see from the selection in the gallery below, they captured the spirit of the day wonderfully.