Preserving our heritage for
future generations

Helping hands for Falling Sands

Falling Sands Viaduct is a crucial part of the Severn Valley Railway, but this 141-year-old structure urgently needs extensive repairs. Water has seeped into the structure, causing it to crack and erode.

If we don't act now, we may be forced to reduce the length of trains, or even face temporary or permanent closure of the line. Already there's a speed restriction in place across the viaduct.

More than 250,000 people experience the joy of heritage rail travel at the SVR every year, and we want to make sure this continues long into the future.

We need to raise £275,000 before the end of 2018 – which in turn will help unlock a further £1 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund* – to carry out the necessary work. The response so far has been extremely positive - thousands of supporters, visitors, railway enthusiasts and businesses have signed up to add their name to our specially commissioned donation wall. We've also won the support of a number of grant-making organisations to help us save this impressive piece of infrastructure, and by so doing, safeguard the SVR's future operational viability.

Will you join them, as one of the 'helping hands for Falling Sands'?

Watch our film for more information.

Please act now to save Falling Sands Viaduct

£50 Add a name to the SVR's first ever donation wall

£100 Sign up your business

Get your grant-making organisation involved

See the progress of our fundraising and the restoration project itself

*Thanks to National Lottery players, we've already been awarded a grant of £71,800 to refine and develop our bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a full grant of £1 million. We will submit our bid in October 2018, and receive HLF's final decision early in 2019. A key factor in winning HLF's support is our ability to independently raise £275,000 towards the costs of restoring Falling Sands Viaduct.