This morning we awoke to a rainy sky and as we were leaving The Cheltenham Chase Hotel for The Stuart Hotel in Derby, we had to take our luggage with us and Michael loaded the coach while it was raining. We left for Derby at 0830 but first we were to visit the Severn Valley Railway at Kidderminster.
We arrived at Kidderminster, the Headquarters of the line, obtained our tickets and boarded the 1015 train. For over 40 years the Severn Valley Railway steam hauled trains have operated along the line between Kidderminster in Worchestershire and Bridworth in Shropshire. For most of the journey the railway hugs the side of the Severn Valley and the river and only crosses the river once, at Victoria Bridge.
There are 5 stations on the line with one, Highley having the Engine House and Visitor Centre co-located. At the Engine House we found the Exhibition Locomotives from the Reserve Collection. The Locomotives on view here are in excellent condition and sit waiting until they are called to again work on the line.
All of our Group rode the train to the end of the line and most returned to Kidderminster or Highley for further viewing and by 1430 all had gathered at Kidderminster to where our coach was waiting to take them to Derby.
There were many things to see while travelling along the line, the animal park near Bewdley with its Elephants in the paddocks, and outside Arley there was a building that advertised the making of rope and twine.
The landscape was spectacular with its breathtaking scenery, charming towns and villages and the friendly people who make a visit to the valley a wonderful experience. A most enjoyable day and we arrived into our hotel at 1730 hours.