A young train enthusiast had his "dream come true" after more than 100 people supported his fundraiser for the Severn Valley Railway (SVR). 

Eight-year-old Jacob Holden, from Bewdley, invited like-minded youngsters and their families to join him for an afternoon of model railway fun at St George's Hall. 

Jacob owns a wide collection of model railway tracks and rolling stock and wanted to share his hobby with others whilst raising vital money for the SVR. 

The youngster said: "That was my dream come true seeing all the people there for the afternoon. It was amazing. 

"Diesels are my favourite and I love how they arrive at the platform so gently. When I'm old enough, I would like to be a volunteer and I would like to drive a diesel." 

His mum, Danielle Oakley, added: "Jacob has had a real passion for trains since he was tiny. We recently moved to Bewdley and he had an idea, just out of the blue, to do a fundraiser for the Severn Valley and he said he wanted children from all over to come and play with his trains." 

The young boy managed to inspire support from over 100 people with more than £200 being raised for the SVR's Survival Fund. 

The fund has currently raised more than £470,000 for the railway. 

His dad, Jason Holden, said: "We are really proud of him. We visit the railway probably twice a month and love it. 

"It feels important that the local community should support the SVR, making sure it keeps going as it's a fantastic experience for everyone to enjoy." 

In response to the fundraiser, Jacob was treated to a tour of a diesel cab during a half-term visit to the SVR and met volunteers at Kidderminster station. 

SVR Managing Director, Jonathan 'Gus' Dunster, said: "We're completely delighted and extremely grateful for Jacob's support. It's wonderful that a young person has such a passion for heritage rail, and what's more, to see the efforts he's gone to to help us. 

"We want to thank Jacob and everyone else who's donated to our Survival Fund." 

For more information or to make a donation visit www.svr.co.uk