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.