THE Severn Valley Railway will reopen for daily passenger services from Saturday, August 1.

Tickets for a range of family excursions go on sale at 11am on Monday, July 6 and must be booked in advance.

General manager Helen Smith said: “We are hugely excited to be making this announcement after three and a half months of enforced closure because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"We’ve put a great deal of thought and planning into our offering and have been careful to balance the need for social distancing and other safety measures, with making sure our visitors enjoy a long-awaited and exciting day out.”

Two trains will depart from Kidderminster and one from Bridgnorth each morning, taking passengers the full 16 miles length of the line and back.

There will be a stop-off at The Engine House Visitor Centre at Highley, and those who start their journey from Bridgnorth will also have the option of stop-offs at the Georgian town of Bewdley, and at Kidderminster with its Railway Museum.

The railway will use compartment carriages to allow each group to travel separately.

Visitors will be able to buy food and drinks at both refreshment rooms at Kidderminster and Bridgnorth, and there will be a wide selection of heritage railway-related souvenirs on sale in the gift shops.

The SVR’s pubs at both these locations will also be open.

At The Engine House Visitor Centre, travellers can get up close to impressive exhibition locomotives and carriages, and immerse themselves in the early history of the railway.

There is also a new exhibition telling the story of how the Victorians constructed the viaduct at Falling Sands.

It is planned that each of the three daily services will be steam-hauled, and over the coming weeks the railway’s engineers will prepare the locomotives and carriages that will be needed for service.

Helen added: “At this early stage of reopening, things won’t be exactly the same as before. However, we can promise our visitors the chance to get away from it all. They’ll enjoy a full day out, experiencing the thrill of heritage steam travel and they’ll have the opportunity to explore some of the other attractions of the beautiful Severn Valley.

"We recently carried out a survey of more than 4,500 visitors and many of them can’t wait to come back, so we’re expecting a large demand for tickets.

“It’s very important that the railway starts to generate some passenger income. These months of closure have had a devastating impact on our finances, and we want to make sure we have a sustainable future.

"Thanks to generous donations we’ve raised more than £750,000 for our Fight Back Fund, and this, together with that fact that we’re getting the railway back in steam, will help to see us through.

"We’re really looking forward to seeing everyone back at the SVR!”

For full details of travel times and itineraries and to book tickets, go to or phone 01562 757900.

Pre-booking is essential and no on-the-day tickets will be available.

To donate to the SVR’s Fight Back Fund, please visit