Severn Valley Railway shares worth £1.3m sold

Severn Valley Railway engine - archive image
Image caption The Severn Valley Railway attracts about 200,000 visitors a year

Shares worth more than £1.3m have been sold in a heritage railway in six months.

Officials at the Severn Valley Railway are holding special events this weekend for existing shareholders and to encourage more investors.

They want to raise £3m towards projects such as a new heritage centre and an engineering training academy.

General manager Nick Ralls said there had been an "amazing response" in the scheme so far.

He said people had to invest a minimum of £100 but would receive benefits including free and discounted tickets on the line.

The 150-year-old, 16-mile line follows the River Severn from Kidderminster, in Worcestershire, to Bridgnorth, in Shropshire, attracting about 200,000 visitors a year.

Train services are hauled mostly by steam locomotives.

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