This years Severn Valley Railway Spring Steam Gala takes place from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th March 2017. It will feature three visiting locomotives to star alongside the Railway’s own eclectic mix of historical engines. Engines visiting this year include:
Recently overhauled Battle of Britain Class pacific locomotive No. 34081 92 Squadron in Malachite green, courtesy of Nene Valley Railway and Battle of Britain Locomotive Society. it was Built in 1948, and is named after the famous spitfire squadron based at Biggin Hill, during the Battle of Britain in 1940. It joins Severn Valley Railway’s resident sister Battle of Britain class Pacific locomotive No. 34053 Sir Keith Park, and West Country class Pacific locomotive No. 34027 Taw Valley. No. 34081 also recently ran alongside Battle of Britain class Pacific locomotive’ No. 34053 Sir Keith Park at the Nene Valley Railway ‘Bulleid 50’ event on February 25/26
Loughborough-based British Railways 9f No. 92214. courtesy of Great Central Railway. This locomotive was Built in 1959, and was among the last in a series of standardised locomotive classes designed for BR during the 1950s, for use on fast, heavy freight trains over long distances.
Ivatt ‘2MT’ 2-6-2T No. 41312, courtesy of the Mid-Hants Railway. This recently overhauled engine was built in 1952 at Crewe locomotive works and spent its entire working career on the Southern region before hauling the last steam service on the Lymington branch in April 1967. It was Last seen on Severn Valley metals in March 2000. No. 41312 completes a trio of Ivatt locomotives at the Severn Valley Railway; with Ivatt class 4 No. 43106 running alongside and in tandem with the visiting tank engine, and No. 46443 undercover in The Engine House at Highley.
The GWR Pannier Tank no. 7714 will also be Appearing at its first Gala since overhaul. Panniers used to be found all over the Western Region, with 860 built in total, two of which are now based on the SVR. 7714 and 5764. Similarly to cousin No. 1501 which will also be steaming along at the event, No. 7714 was sold to the National Coal Board after withdrawal by British Railways, but its long wheelbase proved unsuitable, and therefore it lived a relatively quiet life as at Penallta Colliery.
Also in attendance will be other members from the Severn Valley fleet: ‘14XX’ No. 1450, ‘15XX’ No. 1501, ‘28XX’ No. 2857, recently overhauled ‘57XX’ No. 7714, 78xx ‘Manor ClassNos. 7802 Bradley Manor and 7812 Erlestoke Manor. In addition there will be Doubleheaders, featuring; 1450 & 7714 and 41312 & 43106, Brakevan rides at Highley, Goods trains hauled by 92214, 7714, 813 and 41312, a Beer Tent at Bewdley
An added attraction over the weekend will be the official opening of three all-new exhibitions at The Engine House. First up; The Art of the Railway Poster, telling the story of how the ‘big four’ railway companies looked for ways of promoting travel by train to the general public, showcasing some beautiful original posters of the era. The second exhibition; Signs of the Times, provides a fascinating display of London Underground and Great Western Railway signs, courtesy of London Transport Museum and Kidderminster Railway Museum.
Another attraction will be an Exhibition: 2007 Storm Damage – 10 Years on. This will look back at the aftermath of the devastating summer storm which hit the Severn Valley Railway in June 2007 and caused damage to the railway in more than 45 separate locations, washing away many embankments and generating an unprecedented repair bill of more than £3.8m. The damage prompted an incredible recovery effort, and, thanks to the dedication and hard work of all those who supported us, the SVR was repaired and put back on track. The exhibition celebrates the huge generosity and commitment of those who helped to get the Severn Valley Railway up and running again.