Classic vehicle day, Severn Valley Railway
More than 150 classics at heritage line’s annual bash
As an additional attraction to the historic steam and diesel locomotives running on the Severn Valley Railway, once a year the heritage line plays host to about 150 historic cars at its Classic Vehicle Day.
It is easy to see why this is such a popular event in the railway’s annual calendar as, with cars displayed at all the stations along the 16-mile-long line between Kidderminster, Worcestershire and Bridgnorth, Shropshire, it encourages travellers to call in and see what’s on offer at their well-presented stopping places.
A welcoming array of classic cars set the scene outside the SVR’s imposing terminus at Kidderminster, while inside on the concourse, a sparkling selection of 1930s cars brought back nostalgic memories of the carriage roads at major stations of the past.
At the first stop along the line at Bewdley there were contrasting cars outside the main station building, including 1930s Austins and an immaculate 1963 Ford Cortina GT MkI. In the station yard at Arley there was a further colourful display of classics from across the eras, while even the compact space at Hampton Loade offered delights such as a 1966 Commer Imp van and a 1975 Hillman Imp Caledonian.
The line’s northern terminus at Bridgnorth was particularly impressive for Jaguar fans, while the major concentration of classics was to be found along the lineside and outside The Engine House Visitor Centre at Highley. To fit all this into one day took some careful planning, but it was worthwhile to make the most of the classic cars and preserved trains on offer. David Brown
Alan Bateman of Stourbridge Pre-war Car Club with his impressive 1949 Triumph Roadster at Kidderminster station. SVR’s Kidderminster concourse line-up of early classics included (left) a 1931 Standard Big 9 and a 1934/35 Morris 10/4 saloon.
Kevin Birch from Halesowen has wanted a Jensen Interceptor ever since he was six and bought his MkI in France three years ago. Last year he drove it to Turin.
Stuart Price with his 1955 Series II Traveller ‘Archie’ and John Ling with his 1971 version, ‘Nelson’ – with its Trafalgar Blue paintwork.
SVR volunteer Peter Darkin’s 1966 Morris Minor 1000 saloon was bought new by his mother and passed to him 18 years later.