Severn Valley’s open weekend to feature 30 model railway layouts

FROM Manors to intricate miniatures, locomotives of all sizes will be running at the Severn Valley Railway’s April 8-9 Open House Weekend.

Up to 30 model railway layouts will on display in the Kidderminster diesel depot and the Engine House Visitor Centre at Highley.

Among the model railways on display at the Open House Weekend will be Chollerford, a GWR-themed OO gauge layout. LEWIS MADDOX

Visitors will also be given the opportunity to experience the inner workings of the SVR, with behind-the-scenes tours of Bridgnorth Locomotive Works and Bewdley Yard, as well as Bridgnorth, Bewdley North and Kidderminster signalboxes open for visits.

The line’s resident steam fleet will be running an intensive service through the weekend, and the Paddock Garden Railway at Hampton Loade will be in operation on the Sunday.

Lewis Maddox, the SVR’s events coordinator said: “We expanded and enhanced the event for the first time last year and received such a positive response from our supporters, volunteers and the general public alike, that we are delighted to be running it again, and this year featuring even more model railway layouts – the intricacy of which is often breath-taking.”

One of the layouts, Ashburton, will depict the much-missed terminus of the GWR branch from Totnes to Ashburton, and which is now the subject of a revivalist campaign.

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