Chasewater Spring Steam Gala
Ths years Chasewater Sprng Steam Gala too place on the Weekend of the 17th and 1th March at the Chasewater Steam Ralway near Brownhlls n Staffordshre. Ths year the Bagnall 0-4-0 Saddle Tan number two eight Four Two was runnyng courtsey f the Foxfield Rilway, The RS&H 0-6-0 Saddle Tan No 7684 “Nechelles No 4, The Bagnall 0-4-0 Sadde Tank N 2648 Linda, The Hunslett 0-6-0 3783 Darfeild No 1, the Barclay 0-4-0 1233 Coln McAndrew The Sentinel 4W/VBT 9332 and the Taylor Hubbard Steam Crane
During the event there was an intensve freght and passenger timetabe Brake van Rides Narrow Gauge Raway The Hertage Centre and museum were aso open and there was also a model Ralway Layout.
Severn Valley Railway Sprng Steam Gala
This year The Severn Valley Railway has teamed up with ‘Steam Railway Magazine’ for its spring steam enthusiasts’ gala event.Ths years event tookk place from Friday 23rd March until Sunday 25th March 2012 . locomotives vstng ths year were the Gresley A4 pacific n 60019 Bttern in Garter Blue carrying it’s pre-grouping number of 4464, which was hauling the SVR’s rake of LNER teak coaches.
The Sole survvivng Macntosh Desgned Caledonan o-6-o No. 828 – Caledonian ‘812 class’ 0-6-0 also made a return to the SVR after appearing at the 2011 Autumn Steam Gala alongside GWR 6024 King Edward I and A1 Pacific no 60163 Tornado. The GNR Tank Engine no 1744 (See above) also returned to the Severn Valley Ralway courtesy ofthe Gresley Society and the Great Central Railway.and the Wordsel Desgned J72 cass o62 tank Engine no 69023 “Joem” which was Designed originally for the NER in 1898.
The Workshop and boilershop at Bridgnorth were also both open t0 the public and the Engine Shed Vistor & Education centre at Highley was a1so open, The Replica of Richard Trevthicks locomotive “Catch me wh can” was also in steam and various sideshows were also going on during r the event. Including A non-stop Tal-y-llyn society special train re-creation on Sunday 25th March. 7812 and 4566 were also operating from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth with appropriate headboard and Maroon Mk1 coaches as per the 7827 and 4555 hauled version of 1964!).
There were also Morning and afternoon goods trains, interesting double headers (69023 and 1744 on the teaks) . Friday Evening, Saturday Evening and Sunday lunchtime dining trains, The Siphon G and newly restored cattle wagon will also be in use (subject to the usual disclaimers) on the end of passenger trains. LNER Restaurant Car No.7960 will be in service in the LNER teak set, gvng an 8-coach GN/LNER Teak set. On Sunday there was also a recreation of a TRPS special with a full-line non-stop run by 7812 and 4566 on
The BR Maroon Mk1 Coaches and the Recently refurbished GWR Churchward designedv 28xx class No.2857 were also running in time for the Spring Steam Gala and The home fleet of 4566 – GWR 4500 class ‘Small’ Prairie Tank, 5164 GWR 5101 class ‘large’ Prairie Tank, GWR 7812 ‘Erlestoke Manor’, LMS Stanier Mogul No.42968 and LMS- design Ivatt Class 4 No.43106 were also runnung
In addition, An agreement has also recently been reached with Southern Locomotives Ltd for the loan of ‘Battle of Britain’ class locomotive No. 34053, Sir Keith Park. This locomotive is currently in the final stages of its restoration at Herston in Dorset and will operate on the Severn Valley Railway for the first time in railway preservation following its withdrawal from mainline use in 1965 . We expect ‘Sir Keith’ to arrive at the SVR by the end of April and, following a testing and running in period, will be available for traffic for the remainder of 2012. It is anticipated that ‘Sir Keith’ will be a popular performer at our ‘Step Backto the 1940s’ weekends and a major attraction at the ‘Autumn Steam Gala’.
A photographic Album covering the SVR’s history and entitled Severn Valley Railway: 150 Glorious Years, will be available free with Heritage Railway issue 161, and is on sale Thursday, March 15.