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Severn Valley Railway

Completed in 1862, the Severn Valley Railway was originally 40 miles long. It was absorbed into the Great Western Railway in the 1870s, which was the time the line rose to prominence for hauling coal freight. The railway remained well known for this until the late 1930s, when the advent of lorries decreased the railway's share in any freight traffic. The line was closed in 1963, and almost half of the line was quickly dismantled and built over.

However, in 1965 a group of local enthusiasts began the task of preserving what remained of the line, and the first passenger train ran on the heritage railway in 1970. Full services from Kidderminster in Worcestershire to Bridgnorth in Shropshire commenced in 1974, and the line has remained a popular tourist attraction ever since. This is helped in no small measure by the fact that the 16-mile route follows the winding path of the River Severn, through a valley with very few roads - meaning most of the stunning views can only be seen by rail. One of the favourite sights of many passengers is the 200 metre Victoria Bridge, spanning across the river.

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The Malvern Spring or Autumn Show

From the ancient city of Worcester, we spend a day at the RHS Malvern Spring or Autumn Festival and enjoy a variety of scenic rail journeys.

Departs from May 2017 to September 2017.
5 days from £425per personView tour details
Cotswolds & The Severn Valley

Discover glorious Worcester and its host of nearby attractions on this superb holiday, enjoying wonderful journeys on heritage railways including the Warwickshire Railway.

Departs from May 2017 to September 2017.
5 days from £375per personView tour details
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