We are in Nottingham at present but on the way here we called into the Severn Valley Railway which has been one of the highlights so far. This line has 5 stations on it and follows the Severn River. Breathtaking scenery, charming towns and villages and an animal park with elephants strolling around. That is before we discussed the locomotives that they have running and also in their Engine House. We arrived at Kidderminster at 0930 to board the 1015 that would take us to the end of the line at Bridgnorth. In between we would pass through Bewdley, Arley, Highley and Hampton Loade. So it happened and all stations were in pristine condition and covered in flower beds which added much colour to the station.
Between Bewdley and Kidderminster we were able to see the wildlife out in an unrestrained area, obviously enjoying the freedom that they had. 2 of the elephants were in fact making their way to where the train was on the lines. I suppose that was natural as it gave them something else to occupy their minds. When we arrived into Bridgnorth we left the train to explore what we could before the train was due to leave. So, we crossed a swinging bridge and made our way up 80 steps to the area where there had been a castle but now in ruins which were caused by Oliver Cromwell's men during the Civil War. Michael and Alice were there at the castle to greet us as they had found an easier way. We all made our way back to the station and boarded the train which left straight after we boarded.
Our next stop was at Highley were we left the station to venture down a step rise to the river and where we found the Ship Inn. Lunch followed in the beautiful country pub set there beside the river. Then it was back up past the station to visit the Engine House. This is where there are quite a few of their locomotives and carriages on display. The Engine House had quite a few of the locomotives that were now on display but all had done service on the line. We waited at the station, after our visit, then boarded the 1520 to Kidderminster and the end of our journey.
A very good day and then all that was left was for Michael to deliver us to our new hotel in Nottingham. This he did and after booking into our rooms, we met for a well deserved drink prior to dinner. Tomorrow there will be more adventures.