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Traind and scenery
Severn Valley Railway
Member Name: Chocoholic1976
Severn Valley Railway
Advantages: Scenery, novelty factor, helpful friendly staff, location
Disadvantages: Not so scenic after dark
In the 14 years that I have lived in Worcestershire I have travelled on the Severn Valley Line a few times and visited Kidderminster to admire the station and trains on several occasions.
Mine and hubby's most recent trip on the line was the fish and chip train which runs on Saturday evenings during the summer. My review will focus on this trip.
Food is ordered on the outward journey and served at Bridgnorth station. We had to wait a short while at Bridgnorth for the food but it was worth it and at £5 each (on top of the rail fare) good value. There was also a bar on the train so we were not short of something to wash the chips down with. Staff on the station and train were friendly and helpful.
For me the best thing about the Severn valley railway is the historic and nostalgic locomotives and rolling stock. The second best thing is the view from the train window with the railway passing next to West Midlands safari park, beautiful countryside and of course the river Severn. The stations along the line are generally pretty and well kept.
All in all our evening out was, like all our previous trips on the SVR, a pleasant experience. The only downside was the wait at the mainline station in Kidderminster afterwards for our train home (and this wasn't too bad thanks to the SVR station bar).
Unlike most services on the line the fish and chip train is not steam hauled but run by an early style diesel multiple unit. Serious steam enthusiasts should bear this in mind although I found that there was plenty of opportunity to admire steam trains in the stations at either end of the line and my fascination with railway history meant that I found the vehicle rather interesting.
Summary: Well worth a visit
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