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  1. Trackside Buffet at Bewdley
    If you're visiting us from July 16th - 20th, please be aware that the Trackside Buffet at Bewdley will be closed whilst essential work is carried out on the buffet building. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
  2. Homefront 'Best of British' Afternoon Tea
    It's time to dig out your glad rags and join our Homefront 'Best of British' Afternoon Tea! Step back in time to the 1940s as you take a trip along the line behind a classic steam train, sampling the finest British classic, afternoon tea. Our Stations are dressed for the occasion, and your beautiful carriage awaits, themed with wartime music and decorations and the very best vintage crockery. On selected dates, out Homefront 'Best of British' Afternoon Tea offers a welcoming glass of Pimms & lemonade or raspberry lemonade, followed by a traditional selection of sandwiches accompanied by root vegetable crisps. Our delicious sandwiches include; egg mayonnaise, salmon & cream cheese, coronation chicken, cheddar cheese, and gammon ham. A classic selection of cakes is served alongside, including mini victoria sponge, Bakewell tart, lemon drizzle cakae, egg custard tart, honey comb tiffin slice, mini fruit tart and home-made sultana scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve, with a choice of tea or coffee. Running dates: July 5th & 6th. Departures from Kidderminster are available at 2.15pm. Departures from Bridgnorth are available at 4.05pm. Please note, those travelling on the 4.05pm departure from Bridgnorth will need to start their day at Kidderminster as there is no return service train back to Bridgnorth. Prices Afternoon Tea Train Fare Total Cost Adult / Senior £23.50 £19.50 £42.50 Child / Member £23.50 £13.00 £36.00 Click here to book 
  3. Afternoon Tea at The Engine House
    Quintessentially British, afternoon tea is not only one of our most famous pastimes, but also offers a welcome break from the rush of everyday life! Combine the romance of steam and a scrumptious afternoon tea at The Engine House, Highley. £15.95 per person. Served to your table; sample our scrumptious selection of sandwiches, followed by a fresh, warmed scone with strawberry jam and clotted cream. You'll also be treated to a selection of miniature cakes and French macaroons. Tea or coffee accompanies the tasty treats, all whilst seated in our restaurant overlooking the Railway and river. What's included: Admission to The Engine House Afternoon tea for one To book, please call The Engine House at least 24 hours before your visit: 01746 862387. Travel tickets must be purchased seperately at least 5 days in advance, or on the day from our Booking Offices. What a tasty treat.. Prices Afternoon Tea Adult / Senior £15.95 Child / Member £15.95 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION These tickets are not available for purchase from booking offices in advance. These tickets do not include 'Freedom of the Line' tickets for travel. Rail tickets MUST be purchased seperately. The experience includes FREE admission to The Engine House, our Visitor Centre at Highley, and Afternoon Tea for one.
  4. Black 5 joins us for a Summer Holiday!
    We've got a visiting engine for the Summer! Subject to a final signed hire agreement, Black 5 No. 45231 The Sherwood Forester will be based on the Severn Valley Railway this summer.  The locomotive is planned to arrive at the railway in mid-July, staying with us until late September 2018. The added bonus of this timing is that No. 45231 will be available for the Last Days of Steam event on August 4th, and it will also join the cast of locomotives for our Autumn Steam Gala from September 20th - 23rd. The Sherwood Forester was originally known only as No. 5231, the number given to her by the London Midland and Scottish Railway Company (LMS) when she was built in 1936. She spent the early years of her life based in Manchester, working both passenger and freight trains to North Wales. The 'Black Fives' were built by the LMS as mixed traffic engines, hence their designation 5MT. Over 800 were built, making them one of the most numerous classes of steam locomotive ever built, being deployed across the network as far south as London to the farthest reaches of the Scottish Highlands. Our very own Black 5 No. 45110 is currently based in The Engine House at Highley.  
  5. The Cavell Van
    To commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I, we will be welcoming the Cavell Van to Arley from May 26th to July 8th. Part of the commemorations to mark the centenary of the end of World War I, and a key feature of this year’s Step Back to the 1940s Weekends in June and July, the van has played a poignant role in Britain’s history. In 1919, it was used to bring back the body of nurse Edith Cavell from Belgium where she had helped 200 Prisoners of War escape, before she was caught and executed.  The following year, the same wagon transported the body of the ‘Unknown Warrior’ prior to a funeral at Westminster Abbey, representing the many who died without being identified. To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, you can visit the historically significant Edith Cavell Van at Arley. The vehicle will be open for visits at weekends; June 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24 & 30, July 1, 7 & 8, from 11am to 4pm. Click here to find out more Our grateful thanks to the Kent & East Sussex Railway, The Heritage Lottery Fund and Worcestershire World War 100 for the hire of this vehicle.