Clas­sic ve­hi­cle day, Sev­ern Val­ley Rail­way

More than 150 clas­sics at her­itage line’s an­nual bash

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Contents -

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.

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