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There are many ways you can help with our current and future projects. We have a programme of detailed improvements to a number of the carriages in the SVR’s Gresley teak train. And we are currently engaged is a major project to restore a 1940 GWR ‘TOAD’ brake van back to operational condition. Help is needed in various ways – financial, practical, skills and knowledge. Practical skills range from knowing how to use specialist tools to having an understanding and practical knowledge of materials. Not all railway restoration work is ‘exciting. So an ability just ‘to get stuck in’ when there are less glamorous tasks to be done is also invaluable. The main ‘fringe benefit’ is enjoying good company while working as a volunteer.

All the work we do these days is on behalf of the SVR Charitable Trust. Ways of helping include:

     All supporters will have our profound thanks and the appreciation of future generations. Sponsors and donors can see progress via the LNER (SVR) Coach Fund’s website and the occasional newsletter. Newsletters will normally be by email, but if you wish to have these by post, we will ask you to supply the necessary postage stamps. Examples of our newsletters are at:



If you feel able to help the projects in a practical way, we always need extra hands to undertake carpentry and general handiwork. To give practical help you will need to be a member of the Severn Valley Railway Guarantee Company. We can give you advice on this if necessary. Many hands will indeed help speed the projects along to completion. If you can offer your time please contact use at the address below.

If you have any Information about the vehicles or know the whereabouts of materials, parts or drawings that we could use or copy, please contact us at the address below:

LNER Carriage Group (via VLO)

Platform 1

The Railway Station


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Alternatively, you can send an email to (click on link): E-mail Webmaster

And we will then contact you with further details.