Steam Train adventures on the Severn Valley Railway

We love our heritage railway adventures here, since my son was two years old his birthday day out has always features a steam train somewhere across the country.  He’s nearly nine now and his love is growing for these majestic machines.  But I’ve realised I don’t often actually share those adventures on the blog.  At some point I will actually write a post featuring all of the heritage railways we’ve been on over the years, but for today I’m concentrating on our recent steam train adventures on the Severn Valley Railway.

Steam Train adventures on the Severn Valley Railway

The heritage railway runs for sixteen miles between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth, closely following the River Severn, and is one of our favourite lines to travel on.  If you’re lucky, you’ll also get a peek at the elephants and rhinos at West Midland Safari Park on your way down the line!

We’ve been having steam train adventures on the Severn Valley Railway for years now.  When we are spending the day at the railway, we park up at the Kidderminster end (charge of £4 for the day) and normally get off at Bridgnorth, have a look round the town, travel on their Cliff Railway before heading back on the train. But on this day we’d promised my son a whole day steaming up and down the line with our rover tickets.

Steam Train adventures on the Severn Valley Railway

We’d been gifted tickets for this day out by BookTrust as part of their Time to Read campaign, showing how books can be brought to life.  You might have seen my post recently and have seen that my son brought his copy of Peter’s Railway with him to enjoy.

We were eager to catch the first locomotive of the day, to make the most of our time, and decided to head all the way down the line to Bridgnorth first and then catch the train back as far as Highley station.  But we always have to check out our loco first.

Steam Train adventures on the Severn Valley Railway

Steam Train adventures on the Severn Valley Railway

Once my train spotter had completed his loco inspection it was time to board the train, pick a seat and sit back and enjoy the views. My son takes everything in and he loves seeing what’s going on around the station before the train has even left.

Steam Train adventures on the Severn Valley Railway

As I mentioned earlier, the views across the Severn Valley on this line are beautiful, at any time of year.

We got to see sheep grazing in the fields and you might just spot the people kayaking down the river.

Steam Train adventures on the Severn Valley Railway

I’d got the wrong lens with me but you might also just make out the rhinos that we passed.

Steam Train adventures on the Severn Valley Railway

There’s always lots to see at Bridgnorth Station as one of the platforms is right next to the engine sheds.

Steam Train adventures on the Severn Valley Railway

My son never misses an opportunity to stand on the bridge and wait for trains to come into the station, and for locomotives to move from one end of the carriages to the other.

Before we wait to board the next train.

Steam Train adventures on the Severn Valley Railway

It was soon time to board again, and watch the world speed past.

Steam Train adventures on the Severn Valley Railway

We timed the train to Highley to coincide with lunch time as they have a lovely cafe based in their Visitor Centre.  It’s also a great place to do a bit of extra train spotting.

Steam Train adventures on the Severn Valley Railway Steam Train adventures on the Severn Valley Railway

Once we’d refueled it was time to explore the visitor centre, which houses a number of locomotives.  We’ve been a few times now over the years and my son treats every visit as if it’s his first.

Steam Train adventures on the Severn Valley Railway

Being able to stand on the footplate and take to the controls is always a highlight of  steam train adventures on the Severn Valley Railway.

Steam Train adventures on the Severn Valley Railway

Steam Train adventures on the Severn Valley Railway

It’s a great place for any steam train fan to enjoy.

There’s also a postal train on display and children can have a go at sorting the mail.  Another attraction my son always enjoys.  A great way to get him practicing his reading in a fun way too!

Steam Train adventures on the Severn Valley Railway

You will probably already know that we love the Peter’s Railway book series and in the visitor centre there’s an area where you can learn more about the books and about how steam engines actually work.  It’s another hit with my son.

But of course the main point of our steam train adventures on the Severn Valley Railway, is to travel behind the steam locomotives themselves.  So we headed back to the platform to await the next train.

Steam Train adventures on the Severn Valley Railway

Steam Train adventures on the Severn Valley Railway

There was much excitement as we passed Britannia who was visiting for the follow weekend’s steam gala.

One happy little boy had had another great time having steam train adventures on the Severn Valley Railway.

Steam Train adventures on the Severn Valley Railway

There was time to spot one last loco before we headed home.

Steam Train adventures on the Severn Valley Railway

Little does my son know that we’ve got a little surprise coming up for him in a couple of weeks involving his beloved A4 Pacific locos and a heritage line we’ve not travelled on before!

With a birthday in December we’ve always booked a Santa Express train ride for his birthday across the country.  But they often don’t run for the full length of the track and you’re limited to one return ride.  I suggested to him that this year maybe we should celebrate his birthday a bit early and he’d get more train travel time for my pennies!  So keep a look out for a post at some point nearer the end of October and I’ll share our next steam train adventure with you all then.

Do you have a steam train fan in your family?

Steam Train adventures on the Severn Valley Railway

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15 thoughts on “Steam Train adventures on the Severn Valley Railway

  1. Such wonderful photos and such a happy boy. I know how much he loves a good train ride and this one looks exceptional. Seeing rhinos as you go and all that time to admire the locomotives from the platform too, no wonder he treats each visit as his first. #CountryKids

  2. This isn’t too far from us and yet we’ve never visited! It looks fabulous and your son looks so happy – my son would be the same! I’m definitely adding this to the ‘to-do’ list! Thank you!! #CountryKids

  3. The Severn Valley Railway is one of the legends of my childhood, which we apparently visited often though I was obviously too young as I have no memory of it! Your trainspotter looks in his element. Love the Book Trust’s bringing books to life idea, not heard of that before. Fab photos too!

  4. I love how a ride on a steam train has become a birthday tradition for your son. The views from the train are beautiful and how wonderful to be able to see the rhinos. I always find it fun to watch the locomotive move from one end of the train to the other too. Monkey looks so happy standing on the footplate at the controls and I love that he treats each visit like it’s his first even though it’s somewhere he’s been before. I shall look forward to reading your post about his surprise trip in a couple of weeks’ time. Thanks for sharing with #CountryKids

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