Welcome to the Severn Valley Steam Train Railway !
If you were asking me what my favorite attraction in the UK was, I would certainly list in my top three attractions the Severn Valley Steam Railway which runs from the town of Kidderminster to the town of Bridgnorth.
I discovered it back a couple of years ago while organizing a week-end around Stratford upon Avon and the Cotswolds with my Friend Christine and our Sunday spent in the Severn Valley Steam enchanted us then and still enchant me now.
So it is with great anticipation that I revisited this almost confidential attraction which is well worth a visit by all steam train enthusiasts and amateurs of unspoiled natural sceneries alike.
As soon as one enters the old fashioned train station of Kidderminster, one steps back in the time when magnificent steam trains were ruling the scenery of England and beyond and the feeling really last throughout the day as one boards the comfortable wagons listening to the whistle of the steam engine.
The Severn Valley Steam Railway runs between Kidderminster and the medieval town of Bridgnorth through 16 miles of unspoiled beautiful English countryside including the stunning Victoria Bridge and is punctuated with the prettiest little train stations one can possibly see most of them straight out of a picture book with hanging baskets overflowing with colorful flowers.
The medieval town of Bridgnorth accessible through a funicular host a busy market and offers the Visitor a great variety of restaurants, pubs and tearooms in beautiful balck and white buildings.
The fact that the Severn Valley Steam Railway is mostly run by 200 unpaid volunteers who pride themselves on maintaining the tracks, buildings and rolling material brings authenticity to an experience which is everything but a fake recreation.
The Smiles, simplicity and knowledge of real People will greet you everywhere whether you are looking for a facility or wish to discuss the Golden Age of Steam Trains.
Those who remember my visit to York’s National Railway Museum earlier this year know how much of a train enthusiast I am and the Severn Valley Steam Train keeps enchanting my senses.
The following pictures will take you on my journey as I was stepping back in time in the Golden Age of Steam Trains…
Welcome onboard !