of the quarter
of a million visitors
who come every year
to the Severn Valley Railway
will realise the scale of the costs
involved in keeping the Railway going.
While its day-to-day operation is covered by ticket sales
and the profits from catering and retail outlets,
the Railway needs substantial additional funding
to restore and maintain both infrastructure and rolling stock.
Unless these investments
are made, over time, piece by piece,
the whole Railway will grind to a halt.
And that’s not something
any of us want to contemplate.