Severn Valley Railway suspends overnight services as coal prices soar due to war in Ukraine

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Bridgnorth to the Severn Valley Railway. LR: Firefighter: Joshua Harvey, Driver: Tony Bending

It comes as the heritage railroad is set to reveal the first confirmed guest for the Steam Fall Gala – the biggest Steam event on the calendar – tomorrow. (5 August)

Severn Valley Railway, Bridgnorth

The decision to suspend overnight operations is the latest move the railway has taken to preserve coal stocks, as ongoing conflict in Ukraine and coal prices skyrocketing by 148% have caused supply problems .

The railroad had to cancel running board experiences, where people can start and drive one of the steam locomotives, in May until further notice as it sought to conserve inventory.

But while the operation of overnight services has been suspended, the Severn Valley Railway said it would operate services until late in the evening.

Helen Smith, Managing Director, said: “This is a critical time for the railway, and operating costs in all areas of the business are rising sharply.

“As a result, we’ve made the difficult decision to rest all night for this year’s Steam Fall Gala.

“We need to conserve coal stocks and ensure that we will be able to run our hugely popular Steam Christmas events, which are a crucial part of generating much needed revenue.”

Meanwhile, the Steam Fall Gala is set to take place September 15-18.

Celebrating locomotives big and small, the festival will feature some of the best from the original Severn Valley fleet – the first guest will be announced tomorrow.

“We’re very excited about tomorrow when we announce the first guest locomotive for this year’s Steam Fall Gala,” said Helen.

“This will be a very special event for SVR as not only will we welcome three visiting locomotives, but we will also see our very own flagship engine, 4930 ‘Hagley Hall’, make its triumphant return to steam for the first time in 36 years. .

“The return of onboard dining means we can reintroduce breakfast trains using our beautiful teak carriage No. 7960, as well as offering other informal onboard dining options during the gala.

“Other attractions will include freight trains and a narrow gauge railway at The Engine House.

“We will also bid farewell to SVR favorites 1501 and 2857, as they make their final gala appearances before their boiler tickets expire.

“We will be arranging an ambitious schedule for the event, starting at 8am and continuing until late evening on Friday and Saturday.

“We’re looking forward to what we think will be the UK’s premier Steam Gala.”

Kidderminster Severn Valley Railway Steam Autumn Gala

Prices for the Steam Autumn Gala range from £21.60 to £279.40 and tickets can be purchased for adults, children, small family (one adult and two children) and large family (two adults and up to four children).

Pre-booked tickets are available until 3 p.m. on the day of the event.

To buy tickets, visit svr.co.uk/events/autumn-steam-gala.

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