Falling Sands Viaduct
COVID-19 UPDATE - The Severn Valley Railway is currently closed with a planned reopening on the 1st August 2020. Phase 1 of the Falling Sands Viaduct restoration project was completed in March 2020, prior to lockdown. We are now back and working on site on Phase 2, in line with government guidelines. An exhibition on the history of Falling Sands Viaduct will be open at The Engine House from 1st August.
Whilst all community and visitor activities have been postponed, as have the exhibitions, we look forward to them restarting once 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!
Photo: Phillip Moore Photography
In March 2019, we received some eagerly awaited news. The National Lottery Heritage Fund awarded us £853,000 of grant funding towards the restoration of Falling Sands Viaduct.
Through the generous donations from individuals, community organisations and businesses, we raised £397,000 to add to the grant.
Over the past year, we have embarked and completed the first phase of the restoration work. Find out more from one of our volunteers, Nick Yarwood, who worked on the site.
We have also been busy collecting histories and memories of the SVR in our Oral History programme, click here to go to our Oral History page to discover for yourself!
Now that the drainage has been dealt with, we will focus on the brickwork. As of June 2020, we have had to pause work due to bat sightings! However, we are sure that work will start again soon. The important news is that the work will not impact upon operation.
We have also been preparing an exciting set of exhibitions and activities that will share the story of the viaduct through pictures, sounds and smells!
The aim of the project is not just to restore this essential viaduct to the Severn Valley Railway. We also want to show the Railway’s incredible history from its Victorian beginnings to our founder members and longstanding volunteers.