I am hoping to make it to this years Severn Valley Railway Autumn Steam Gala, which takes place between September 18 and 21 2014. And is supported by Steam Railway Magazine. Among this years visiting locomotives is the Dugald Drummond designed former London & South Western Railway ‘M7’ 0-4-4T no 30053 from the Swanage Railway in Dorset, which is Making its debut appearance on SVR metals and was built in 1905.
In addition there will be a Preview Day on Thursday , with three locomotives in steam, night operation on Friday and Saturday night, footplate rides, brake van rides as part of a Goods Train and Locomotive support groups and sales stands.
Other steam locomotives booked for the event include ‘Fowler’ 4F 0-6-0 tender locomotive No. 43924, courtesy of the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. This will be 43924’s first journey to the SVR and its first journey south in 46 years. The ‘Fowler’ designed 7F 2-8-0 tender locomotive SDJR No. 88. Courtesy of the West Somerset Railway, which is Returning to the Valley before the expiry of its boiler certificate and finally The “Riddles’ designed 5MT 4-6-0 tender locomotive No. 73129. Courtesy of the Midland Railway Trust, which is currently in steam on the SVR, until the Autumn Steam Gala.they will be joined by the home fleet which currently comprises of:
- Battle of Britain Pacific Class 4-6-2 35045 Sir Keith Park
- BR 15xx Class Pannier Tank no.1501
- GWR 45xx prairie Tank 2-6-2 no. 4566
- GWR 78xx Manor class 4-6-0 Erlestoke Manor
- GWR 28xx Goods Class 2-8-0 no.2857
- British Railways Standard 4mt 2-6-0 no.43106