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8:00am Wednesday 24th October 2012 in News
SEVERN Valley Railway (SVR) will be going head to head with a British motor car firm in a time trial for Children in Need.
The Sir Keith Park steam train will take on a Morgan 3 Wheeler from the Morgan Motor Company over 16 miles from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster on Friday, starting at noon.
Event organiser John Leftwich, of SVR’s Charitable Trust, said: “A time trial between a 130 ton steam locomotive and 500kg car sounds unfair but the steam train is restricted to 25mph on the track and the Morgan 3 Wheeler has more obstacles to contend with.
“The train will be pulling a set of eight carriages, weighing a further 240 tons, carrying customers and a Children in Need coach with children from Edward’s Trust in Birmingham and Pudsey Bear.
“Each driver will have to collect traditional railway tokens along the route which will involve the Morgan team jumping out at Highley and Arley stations and running over a bridge.”
Mr Leftwich added: “We hope that as many local people as possible will turn out to support both our drivers along the route.”
The drivers are expected to arrive at Kidderminster at 12.45pm and it is hoped the event will to raise £10,000.
The winner, who will receive a special trophy, will be the first person to hand their tokens to the station master under the station clock