It's a week until this year's Royal British Legion poppy appeal officially starts - but today fundraisers at the Severn Valley Railway in Kidderminster began their countdown to launch day.
Volunteers from the Royal British Legion were joined by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to collect donations for poppies in honour of those who have fought for their country.
The target for the Kidderminster branch this year is £35,000. All money raised will go towards supporting the families of Armed Forces servicemen and women.
Our transport correspondent Keith Wilkinson came across this rather unusual sight on the M6 motorway today.It's a steam locomotive heading by lorry to the Severn Valley Railway in Worcestershire.
80072 will be chugging up and down on the heritage railway between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth, starting with this weekend's Spring Steam Gala.The Standard tank locomotive, built in Brighton in 1953, spent more than 20 years in a scrapyard but was saved and restored by enthusiasts.
The engine was today being transported by road from the North Norfolk Railway and is pictured here in a layby close to the turn-off to Lutterworth in Leicestershire.
It will be moving again after its three-week stint on the SVR - to the steam railway at Llangollen in Wales.80072 used to pull trains between Leamington and Birmingham and was once a familiar sight at Snow Hill.
Over £750,000 worth of shares in the Severn Valley Railway have been bought since they went on sale six weeks ago.
The railway that carries around 250,000 passengers each year, launched its share offer on the 1st October with minimum investments of £100.
The company needs the money for a "major investment" that will take place over the next 50 years.
The attraction, that runs between Shropshire and Worcestershire, is looking to improve its Bridgnorth station, add a visitor centre, maintain its tracks and train young people in the up-keep of a heritage railway.