The Severn Valley Railway has announced a new four day format for this years Autumn Steam Gala between Thursday 18 September and Sunday 21 September 2014, and the first visiting locomotive confirmed isThe Fowler 4F 0-6-0 tender locomotive No. 43924 courtesy of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.This is No. 43924’s first visit to the SVR and its first journey south in 46 years. There is also a new Autumn Gala Preview Day which takes place on Thursday 18 September giving steam fans the opportunity to see the locomotives at the start of the Autumn Steam Gala
There will also be an opportunity for Steam Enthusiasts to try their hand at driving and firing a steam locomotive between Bewdley and Kidderminster as part of the Footplate Experience. Another exciting visitor to the Railway for the 2014 Summer season is the the British Railways Standard 5MT 4-6-0 No. 73129 which will be making it’s debut on the Severn Valley Railway in April, from the Midland Railway Centre at Butterley the locomotive will initially operate on the line for a three month period hauling the summer passenger services. The locomotive is unusual in that it is one of only a few to feature Caprotti Valvegear instead of the usual walschaerts Valvegear. Visitors to this years Autumn Steam Gala also have the chance to amble along the Severn Valley in a brake van as part of our heritage goods train.
Severn Valley Railway Footplate Experience has also announced an exciting and unique partnership with 3 Wheel Drive limited and Morgan Motors, giving people the chance to drive a steam locomotive AND an iconic Morgan three-wheeler all in one day. The Bolt on Morgan Experience is being offered with introductory footplate experience on selected dates throughout the year allowing visitors to take the controls of a Morgan three wheeler for two hours and providing the perfect Heritage Transport Experience package. For details contact Highley Station’s Visitor Centre, The Engine House.
The Severn Valley Railway will also appear on BBC Countryfile following the filming that took place in January this year. Originally due to be aired last month, the episode was postponed due to a special feature on the floods but has now been rescheduled.