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Severn Valley Railway's WW2 lessons line up 200,000th visitor

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: April 02, 2014

Pupils' lesson in learning about being an evacuee in the last world war

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ORGANISERS of the Severn Valley Railway's (SVR) education programme are celebrating after hitting the 200,000 visitor milestone.

Since its implementation in 1999, the SVR has welcomed school children from across the country on a nostalgic trip back in time with a steam train ride along the Severn Valley.

Schools are offered a wide range of programmes including the Second World War-themed experiences, We'll Meet Again, Life on the Home Front and Dig for Victory, which cover all aspects of life from wartime, including evacuations, what is was like inside an air raid shelter, make do and mend as well as food supply, allotments and rationing.

The fourth WWII-themed event, 1940s and World War Two Experience, coincides with the Railway's Step Back to the 1940s events, which sees the whole railway transported back to the period for one week only.

The school's experience runs from June 30 to July 4 and there are only 60 places left.

Throughout the year, the railway also works with four partners; Bewdley Museum, Worcestershire County Museum, the Severn Valley Country Park and West Midlands Safari Park, to offer events such as Blitz & Evacuation, Go Wild in the Countryside, Junior Wild Tracks and the Classroom at War.

The school's programme runs during May, June, July and September, with additional activities taking place over the summer for Scout and Guide groups and Community Schools.

For more information visit www.svr.co.uk

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