Not many 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.