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Report from the Severn Valley Railway
Trainspotting on the Severn Valley Railway
Newly refurbished by Mike Wilks, after the front end was torn apart by Mike and Brian Birch at last October's Restoration Show at Stoneleigh my brother Pete's 8 made an appearance at Bewdley Station, Severn Valley Railway, on Saturday 21st February, at their 1960s day. Pictures attached, with 1961 Mk 2 Zodiac and Mechanical Horse also visible respectively. It is parked by a very interesting Telephone Box with combined postage stamp dispenser . The car was almost going home in that its first owner was a nurse at the Tenbury Wells Cottage Hospital. Bewdley was the railway junction for the line to Tenbury Wells which closed in the early 1960s and it would be nice to think that after the line closed the owner would have to have driven the 8 to Bewdley to catch a train and would probably have parked just where the photos were taken.
This was the only proper Standard present, so Pete is taking this opportunity to plug future Classic events there. On Sunday 11th October 2009 is the Severn Valley Railway Classic Car and Bike Day. The railway doesn't have provision for Club stands at either the 1960s Day or the Classic Car and Bike Day but it would be nice to see some more Standards on display. The only other Standard I have seen at either event has been the 10 of Nigel Tinkler at Bridgnorth station. Our esteemed magazine editor has however attended their 1940s weekends which this year are on 27th and 28th June, where no Standards will be present as the event clashes with our International and 4th and 5th July. Sadly Peter's cars are all too modern for that.
The SVR is a good day out when special events take place , with plenty of classic cars and a few commercials at each station, plus the steam hauled trains plus fascinating museums at Kidderminster and Highley, not to mention good real ale choices at Bridgnorth and Kidderminster stations. Heavily discounted fares are available for exhibitors. Tel 01259 403816 or find Severn Valley Railway on www.svr.co.uk for any of the events mentioned above.