Severn Valley Railway receives flood of donations following vandalism

Damaged carriages
Impressive response to SVR vandalism incident sees the trust hit its £10k target
Published Wed, 2018-01-17 12:22

The charity trust for the Severn Valley Railway has received an overwhelming response to a recent vandalism incident, hitting its £10k appeal target in just a week. 

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Damaged carriages © SVR Facebook

The incident, which occurred on Christmas Day, saw vandals spraying paint along the sides of two of the railway's heritage carriages on the only day that the SVR was closed over the festive period.  

The appeal was launched in the new year to meet the costs of putting right the damage caused. It saw a great number of generous donations pouring in immediately. Whereas most of the donations received were between £10 and £25, a generous donation of £1k from Worcestershire Ambassadors took the appeal past its £10k target. The railway has expressed its gratitude commenting that each donation felt like a vote of confidence for the SVR. 

Work to restore damage to the first carriage, a teak-bodied GNR 2701, is already underway with a team of volunteers having spent three days at the Kidderminster workshop carefully removing the paint by hand. Once the gold leaf lettering is fully restored the carriage will receive a few coats of varnish before the SVR volunteers can move on to removing the graffiti from the metal-skinned GWR 1146.  

Anyone wishing to make any further contributions to the carriage-restoration work please visit www.svrtrust.org.uk

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