Welcome to the Severn Valley Railway Volunteer Liaison Office


Permanent Way

The permanent way department is responsible for our track. This includes all maintenance, line inspection, hedging and fencing. There is a track laying gang consisting of full time and volunteer staff working out of Bridgnorth with a purely maintenance section based at Bewdley. Volunteers can either work with a gang, singly or in pairs. For those who enjoy the outdoor life there are few railway occupations to challenge this department.

Working on the Permanent Way includes:

Line Walking: Inspect the track twice a week and look for concerns such as broken sleepers or fishplates, dropped joints, damaged rails and fences, open gates, fire damage and flooded track.

Regular gangs deal with a range of maintenance jobs such as fishplate oiling, lifting and packing of joints, sleeper changing, track ballasting and vegetation management.

 High-Visibility Clothing/Safety Boots

  • Our standard waterproof coat in both black and orange.
  • We stock sizes S - 2XL.
  • Volunteer Contribution - S to XL = £12.50, 2XL to 5XL = £13.50


To order:

  • Download and complete the Clothes Order Form on our Downloads page.


  • Combat style trousers in  waist sizes 28" -50"(short leg), 28"-60"(medium leg) and 28"-54"(long leg)
  • Three leg lengths available - short(29"), regular(31") and long(33")
  • Volunteer contribution £8.00.


  • Hi-vis vests available  - £4.00, most sizes usually in stock, 2XL and above £4.00.to order
  • Hi-vis Polo shirts - S(35/37"), M(38/40"), L(41/43), XL(44/46"), XXL(47/49), 3XL(50")-£5.50
  • Hi-vis Sweatshirts- sizes as for polo shirts but only to  2XL - £8.50
  • Hi-vis T-shirt- sizes as for polo shirts - £5.00


  • Safety Boots - whole sizes only, Chukka Boots. Volunteer contribution - £7.50


PW replacing sleepers at Bewdley Station