Preserving our heritage for
future generations


Update on the Falling Sands Viaduct Appeal

The response to our ‘helping hands for #FallingSands’ donation wall has been phenomenal! The demand was so strong that we extended the sign up opportunity until 14th February. We don’t want to rush the next important stage of checking the thousands and thousands of names, and working with designers to create the wall, so please bear with us. Watch this space for more news about an opening date later this year.

February 2019

We’re recruiting a fundraiser & project manager

Do you have a passion for fundraising and experience of working with a range of Trusts and
Foundations? Do you have experience of managing and delivering projects and a passion for heritage?
We are seeking an experienced and dynamic fundraiser to join our efficient and friendly team and be
part of delivering ambitious fundraising plans to future proof the Severn Valley Railway.

The successful candidate will be target-driven, and highly organised, have outstanding verbal and
written communication skills, have an inquisitive and creative approach and be a proactive and
enthusiastic completer finisher. You will be able to demonstrate previous success within the areas of
fundraising and project management.
The position is part-time, three days a week, and offered initially as a six-month contract. Salary £25,000-£28,000 pro rata.
Download an information pack
To apply, please send CV and covering letter to Strictly no agencies
Closing date for applications 18th February 2019.

Some of the SVR Charitable Trust’s volunteers, trustees and staff

Ryan is in The Railway Magazine

Ryan Parsons of the boiler shop at Bridgnorth becomes the latest SVR ambassador to feature in January’s edition of The Railway Magazine. He talks about his work on BR Riddles 4MT 75069, and explains why the loco holds a special place in his heart. As a recent graduate of our pioneering Heritage Skills Training Academy, and appointed to the role of improver boiler smith, Ryan is another strong example of the SVR’s determination to bring new blood into heritage engineering. 

The Academy receives the majority of its funding from the SVR Charitable Trust, including sponsorship from Mortons, the publishers of The Railway Magazine. Would you consider making a regular donation to fund our future heritage engineers? 

The Railway Magazine is available at all good newsagents, or subscribe at The Railway Magazine

January 2019

Investing in the SVR’s future

One of the important jobs we undertake at the Charitable Trust is putting in applications on behalf of the Railway to various grant-making bodies. And we’re delighted to announce a further successful bid. The Ernest Cook Trust have awarded us a substantial contribution towards the Heritage Skills Training Academy, the SVR’s pioneering scheme to train apprentice heritage engineers. In this way, we’re future-proofing the skills we need to restore and maintain our rolling stock. Will you donate to apprentice training at the SVR?

January 2019


What’s the latest on 4390 Hagley Hall?

We’re delighted to report good progress on the restoration of the SVR’s flagship locomotive both in-house at Bridgnorth, and at Northern Steam Engineering in Stockton. 

Volunteers and paid staff at Bridgnorth have been busy cleaning, examining, painting and refitting various parts. On the loco’s mainframe, they’ve refitted the spring hangers with new pins, and replaced and repainted numerous rivets. After cleaning and examination, the bogie frame is now freshly repainted, and looking very shiny! Meanwhile on the tender frame, they’ve refitted all the hornblocks, replaced time-expired rivets, and refitted the trailing spring hangers. 

Meanwhile, at Northern Steam, work has started on reassembling the boiler, and new plate work is being prepared for welding. Some cracking has been identified in some of the remaining original plate work, and this is being investigated to determine the appropriate remediation. 

The SVR Charitable Trust was awarded £95,000 from the @heritagelotteryfund towards the restoration of Hagley Hall. We still need to raise more funds to get this important engine back into steam and you can donate now to add your support.

Photos by Martin White and Bob Sweet

 January 2019