Vision of the SVR Charitable Trust

"Our dream is to make the Severn Valley Railway a heritage site of international standing in the coming years"

The vision for the next 50 years is to create a world-class heritage railway, with ambitious projects and programmes that engage people and provide a meaningful understanding of the power of steam and diesel. We want to secure accreditation as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and achieve international recognition as one of the best heritage railways in the world.

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. The total cost of the proposed investment programme exceeds £10 million, which will be phased as funds become available.


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 exciting investment plans 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.