Falling Sands Viaduct
COVID-19 UPDATE - The Severn Valley Railway is currently closed. Phase 1 of the Falling Sands Viaduct restoration project was completed in March 2020, prior to lockdown. Phase 2 is due to start in May, this will be delivered within government guidelines and follow all health and safety protocols. All future FSV community and visitor activities have been postponed, as have the exhibitions. These will all be delivered once the Railway has reopened and it is safe to do so. The safety of our volunteers, visitors and staff is of the upmost importance to us.
Welcome to the Falling Sands Viaduct website! In March 2019 we received some eagerly-awaited news; The National Lottery Heritage Fund had awarded us grant funding of £853,000 towards the Falling Sands restoration project. We'd already secured a fantastic £397,000 in donations from individuals, community organisations, businesses, trusts and foundations.
Over the past year, we have embarked upon and completed the first phase of the restoration (scroll down to read an article by Nick Yarwood, one of our volunteers who played a key role in the phase 1 delivery.) We have also recorded people's memories of the SVR, delivered educational activities and created exhibitions that will share the story of the viaduct through pictures, sounds and smells(!)
Phase 2 of the restoration is due to start soon. Now that the drainage has been dealt with, this will focus on the brickwork. We will also be installing the exhibitions and delivering a number of activities and events until 2021.
The aim of this project is not only to restore an important viaduct, one which is vital to the running of the Severn Valley Railway, but also help people understand more of the Railway's history from its Victorian beginnings to the stories of our founder members and longstanding volunteers.