As part of our National Lottery Heritage Fund grant, we are delivering an exciting programme of activities and events  to celebrate Falling Sands Viaduct and its place within the history of the Severn Valley Railway. Starting with its Victorian beginnings we are exploring how it was built, who was involved and how it is being restored for the future. Activities include, working with local schools on a viaduct art project; archival research to discover more about the history of the viaduct; a celebration of navvy culture through song and performance, and a canalside festival celebration. We are also collecting oral histories to record volunteer accounts of the SVR over the last 50 years. You can find out more about this here.

We will also be using one of the railway's restored brake vehicles - affectionately known as the Stove R - as a mobile exhibition space. The Stove R can be attached to passenger service trains or stand alone in sidings, but most importantly it will begin to tell the stories of several key characters who will shed new light on the history of the railway, the viaduct and the 'loop line.' Visitors can then continue to learn more about these characters through new exhibitions and displays that will be installed at our Engine House in Highley.