One of Josh’s clients who has been an incredible support to our business in many ways invited us on a trip to the Severn Valley Railway.
Arriving at the Station was just like stepping back in time, little did we know we were travelling ‘Private Charter’ on the most beautiful train I have ever set eyes on.
Now I am not a train enthusiast but I was blown away with the volunteers and people who gave up there time and money to passionately preserve the steam railway and this slice of British history which could so easily have been lost but which is now accessible for many generations to come.
We set off from Kidderminster, travelling in style with Coffee’s and pastries to hand, and the weather was just perfect too!
Our first stop meant we got to see the Engine shop and understand more about the history of the rail, and how the Severn Valley Railway works to restore and maintain its engines.
I particularly liked this poster that I found:
There was even a tribute to the working horses of the railway, which I learnt were used to transport goods and move carriages (shunting).
For the second leg of the journey me and Josh got to travel in the observation saloon….. I felt like the Queen! (As you can probably tell by my very cheesy grin!)
It did genuinely feel like you had either stepped back in time or onto the set of a film. At one point as I hung my head out of the carriage and watched the track going by and the wind in my hair, I had an overwhelming desire to wave a hanky at some gentleman standing on the platform… luckily I resisted the urge!
Josh even got the opportunity to go up on the foot plate and drive the locomotive!!! (Apparently the whistle is very loud when your up here!)
It was an incredible day out, and very child friendly, although we didn’t take Ayla with us (Ayla had a day out with her Nana and Papa) we were surprised at just how set up for families the venues were. There is a park at the engine shop and activities for them to get involved in. Children and families are very well catered for, they even hold special events such as ‘Peppa Pig train days’ and a special ‘Meet Father Christmas trip’ for December.
Needless to say we will be back again, and next time with Ayla!