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Vote for Severn Valley Railway in BBC's Countryfile Magazine Awards (22nd January 2015)

Vote for Severn Valley Railway in BBC's Countryfile Magazine Awards

The Severn Valley Railway has been shortlisted as one of the UK's top historic gems by the BBC's Countryfile Magazine, and they need your vote to be crowned the number one Heritage Site in Britain.

Nick Ralls from Severn Valley Railway said "We are one of the five famous UK tourist attractions shortlisted in the Heritage Site of the Year category of the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2014/15, which celebrate the best of the British countryside.

The Railway sits alongside some of the UK's most famous tourism hotspots, including London's Imperial War Museum, Georgian estate Kew Palace, Welsh architectural wonder Portmeirion and the mystical, pre-historic stone circle at Avebury, which are all in the running for the award."

The shortlist was chosen by TV presenter Jules Hudson, widely recognised as the face of many BBC lifestyle and history series including Escape to the Country, Britain’s Empty Homes, Britain’s Heritage Heroes and, latterly, Countryfile. A life-long history lover, he praised the SVR’s Heritage Skills Training Academy, one of a range of projects funded by the Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust, saying the Railway has a "fantastic conservation element to it, running an apprenticeship scheme for young engineers in order to keep the traditional skills alive" and adding: "Travelling by steam train is also a wonderful way to see the spectacular countryside."

The awards cover 12 categories, nominated by experts in their field, including Beach of the Year, Landmark of the Year, Rural Pub of the Year and Greatest National Park.

Voting closes on January 31st, with winners announced in the April edition of the magazine. To vote:

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