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Last Updated: Monday, 25 June 2007, 10:21 GMT 11:21 UK
Railway appeal after bad weather
Part of a railway line in Highley, Shropshire affected by land collapsing
Part of the damaged railway line in Shropshire
An appeal fund has been launched to help pay for repairs to part of the Severn Valley Railway, which was damaged in last week's storms.

Heavy rain caused flash-flooding chaos in several areas across England last Tuesday.

The track, from Bridgnorth in Shropshire to Kidderminster in Worcestershire, was damaged in 45 places and there were nine landslips.

Repairs are expected to cost 500,000 and should be completed by the autumn.

'Really good'

The steam railway, which opened in 1970, is currently only operating services between Kidderminster and Bewdley.

Spokesman John Leach said he had been overwhelmed by support from well-wishers.

"We've had practical and financial support - people have sent cheques and cash. Everyone has been really good," he said.

"We are updating our website so people can also donate money on there and we are trying to co-ordinate the appeal from our Bewdley office."


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Half the line will be closed for up to three months



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