The Severn Valley Railway is a heritage tourist steam railway in the Severn Valley – a beautiful part of the counties of Worcestershire and Shropshire. The train operates manly steam-hauled passengers carriages between Kidderminster, Bewdley and Bridgnorth, travelling for 16 miles through stunning British countryside.
Appealing to all ages, from train enthusiast to families to people just looking for a fun day out, the train makes stops at an outdoor visitor centre and runs a schedule of impressive events throughout the year – like Santa Trains, Vintage Afternoon Teas and Sunset Specials. The Severn Valley Railway is one of the most exciting and dynamic heritage railways in the world.
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Departing from: Kidderminster, Bridgnorth
Journey length: 1 day
Severn Valley Railway routes
The Severn Valley Railway operates three standard routes, The Explorer from Kidderminster, The Adventurer from Bridgnorth and The Flyer from Kidderminster. The Explorer departs from Kidderminster on a leisurely round-trip to Bridgnorth and includes an optional two-hour excursion to The Engine House at Highley, or Bewdley. The Engine House is an attraction dedicated to train travel, with a visitor centre, locomotives, railway vehicles, engines and a lovely restaurant with views across the valley.
The Adventurer route departs from Bridgnorth and takes passengers in their own private compartment to Bewdley, Kidderminster and The Engine House. The Flyer departs from Kidderminster and includes a stop at The Engine House and Bridgnorth before retuning through the Severn Valley to Kidderminster.
Severn Valley Railway trains
Riding on the Severn Valley railway transports you back to the golden age of steam travel, where passengers ride in private compartments in charming antique surroundings. While some journeys include meals like lavish dinners and afternoon tea, these are not served aboard the train but instead served in The Engine Room. Locomotives take centre stage, and train enthusiasts will be in their element on a Severn Valley train ride. There’s even the chance to drive a locomotive, with the railway selling special gift experiences to allow you to drive a full-sized steam or diesel locomotive on one of Britain’s most preserved railways.
Why we love it
The Severn Valley Railway is one of Britain’s most well-preserved, revered and loved heritage railways, rolling through beautiful countryside in the heart of England and offering special journeys suited to every passenger – think indulgent afternoon tea, child-friendly ghost trips and dinners and even the chance to privately charter a train. We love the stops in The Engine House and other Shropshire and Worcestershire towns, breaking up the journey and making a true day trip out of it.