LOCOMOTIVES of all sizes will be in full working order at the Severn Valley Railway's Open House Weekend.

The SVR's popular model railway exhibition returns between April 8 and 9, giving visitors the chance to marvel at up to 30 model railway layouts, on display in the Kidderminster Diesel Depot and the Engine House Visitor Centre.

Visitors will also be given the opportunity to experience the inner workings of the SVR, with behind the scenes tours of Bridgnorth Locomotive Works and Bewdley Yard, as well as Bridgnorth, Bewdley North and Kidderminster signalboxes open for visits.

The Railway's resident steam fleet will be running an intensive service through the weekend, and the Paddock Garden Railway at Hampton Loade will be in operation on the Sunday.

Lewis Maddox, the SVR's events coordinator, said that although the event has a special emphasis on the SVR's supporters and volunteers, the Railway will be warmly welcoming other visitors to join them.

He said: "We expanded and enhanced the event for the first time last year and received such a positive response from our supporters, volunteers and the general public alike, that we are delighted to be running it again, and this year featuring even more model railway layouts - the intricacy of which is often breathtaking.

"We are sure that this will be a hugely enjoyable way in which to bring our supporters together to say thank you for their on-going hard work and commitment and hopefully to attract future supporters and volunteers to the Railway."

For more information about the SVR, visit svr.co.uk, call 01562 757900, or visit the Severn Valley Railway Official Site page on Facebook.