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Full steam ahead for this half-term.

QUIZZES, cream teas and steam train rides are all on offer this February halfterm, as the Severn Valley Railway officially launches its 2016 season.

The SVR is now finishing-off its winter maintenance programme and getting ready for tomorrow when it reopens for the half-term holiday and its 2016 weekend running service launches.

Fully fired-up and ready, the Railway's much-loved collection of heritage steam trains will be taking visitors on trips throughout the holiday, enabling passengers to explore any of the six historic stations en route. Eagleeyed children can pick up a quiz sheet at station booking offices and take part in a fun 'I Spy' quiz during their journey and families can take a ride on the Coalyard Miniature Railway, open at Kidderminster, weather permitting.

The Engine House Visitor Centre at Highley will be opening its doors for visitors to explore - there is mail to be sorted in the full-sized Travelling Post Office, fun facts to be learned at the Peter's Railway Young Engineers' Centre and a family-friendly menu to be enjoyed at the Flag & Whistle food stop restaurant. A range of interactive exhibits include a George VI Royal Carriage, up to eight of the SVR's reserve collection of locomotives and a variety of railway memorabilia.

Visitors can enjoy a fresh cream tea as they travel in the SVR's popular Observation Saloon. The Cream Tea Service runs at 10.30am and 2.25pm on Wednesday, February 17, and booking is recommended as spaces are limited.

Tickets are also now on sale for Peppa Pig & George Visit on Sunday, May 8, when visitors can enjoy a steam train journey along the line to meet Peppa and George who will be appearing at intervals at The Engine House Visitor Centre at Highley.

From tomorrow, steam train services will be running every weekend until Monday, May 3, when daily running launches.

For more information, timetables, or tickets, visit, call 01562 757900 or visit the Severn Valley Railway Families Facebook page.

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Feb 12, 2016
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