This year The Severn Valley Railway Autumn Steam Gala takes place between Thursday 19 September and Sunday 22 September. Visiting locomotives include:
No. 76017, British Railways Standard 4 2-6-0, Mogul With thanks to Mid Hants Railway Ltd. Over 115 of the Standard 4 Moguls were built between 1952 and 1957 at Horwich and Doncaster locomotive works.76017 was completed in June 1953 at Horwich and was allocated from new to the Southern Region, based at Eastleigh Shed. While there she performed pfreight, semi fast or all stopping turns to Southampton and Bournemouth.
76017 moved from Eastleigh to Salisbury in February 1960 where she stayed until withdrawal in July 1965. After being withdrawn from service the locomotive was sold for scrap to Woodham Brothers and it arrived in their scrapyard in Barry in January 1966 and remained there until January 1974. 76017 has a a BR2A tender which hasa water scoop, larger weatherboard windows and handrails than the BR2 tender originally fitted to 76017. The Standard 4 no. 76017 was then moved to Quainton In 1974 and Some restoration work was undertaken.Quainton had been established in 1969 by the London Railway Preservation Society (it is now the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre). In March 1978 it moved to the Mid Hants Railway where the restoration was completed and 76017 steamed again in May 1984. After running in service until 1995 (in 1997 it formed a re-created scrap train to mark 30 years since Southern steam ended in 1967) it was then stored following a dispute between the owner and the Mid Hants Railway. Eventually an agreement was reached in 2009 and 76017 stayed at the Mid Hants Railway where it was overhauled before returning to traffic in 2016
Another visitor to thE 2019 Severn Valley Railway Autumn Steam Gala is Southern Railway Maunsell designed ‘Q’ Class 0-6-0 steam locomotiveNo. 30541 With thanks to The Maunsell Locomotive Society & Bluebell Railway. This was designed by Richard Maunsell of the Southern Railway and constructed immediately prior to the Second World Warfor use on medium-distance freight trains. The design was relatively old-fashioned for the 1930’s and the class was soon afterwards eclipsed by Bulleid’s own more powerful Q1 class. However The class included several ‘modern’ features such as a Belpaire firebox, superheater, and a side-window cab.
They were also fitted with steam carriage heating, as The Southern Railway was primarily a passenger carrying railway. Howeve”r British Railways was responsible for the class from 1948 and gave it a 4F power classification, F denoting a freight locomotive as There was a continuing need for steam freight locomotives. Meanwhile the Traffic Department preferred mixed traffic designs which could also haul passenger trains on the remaining non-electrified lines at peak periods. By the late 1930s the Southern Railway was adequately served with powerful mixed traffic locomotives of the S15 and N and N1 classes, but there was a need for a smaller freight locomotive with high route availability that could also undertake light passenger duties. This role had been performed by the ex-LSWR ‘Jubilee’ A12 0-4-2, which were approaching the end of their useful lives.During his last year as the Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Southern Railway Richard Maunsell decided on an inside-cylinder 0-6-0 tender locomotive to undertake this role, in what was to become the Q Class. Despite The design being relatively old-fashioned for the 1930’s It was the last Southern steam locomotive design before the Second World War, as Maunsell retired due to ill-health in 1937. Maunsell’’s successor, Oliver Bulleid, oversaw the building of twenty members of the class at Eastleigh railway works between January 1938 and September 1939.
Twenty were constructed by Maunsell’s successor, Oliver Bulleid, prior to the Second World War, where they performed adequately and reliably on secondary services throughout their working lives, thanks to their utility, light weight and steady handling, although there were complaints of poor steaming when used on main-line trains (however they were never designed for this). So When the requirement for modern freight locomotives on the Southern increased during the Second World War, Bulleid designed the highly utilitarian SR Class Q1 0-6-0 locomotive. Withdrawals from service began during 1962 and were completed by 1965. And Only one has survived, no.30541 and this is preserved on the Bluebell Railway.
The final visitor to the 2019 Severn Valley Railway Autumn Steam Gala is the Southern Region West Country cLass light Pacific locomotive no. 34092 “City of Wells”. The following locomotives From the Severn Valley Railway’s home-fleet, should also be in steam: 1450, 1501, 2857, 7714, 34027 Taw Valley, 43106 and Large Prairie No. 4144 and former resident No.6960 Raveningham Hall which is visiting from the West Somerset Railway, are also expected to join the event. There will be Overnight running on Friday and Saturday with Pannier Tanks No. 1501 and No. 7714. Two Southern Railway ‘West Country’ Pacifics in operation. A Friday morning express from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth at 8.50am, non-stop, and early morning express on Saturday and Sunday pBe?p to Bridgnorth at 5.32am plus a Walk-on breakfast train from Bridgnorth (departing 7.22am) and Kidderminster (departing 9.25am) on Saturday and Sunday.
GWR No. 1450 will be operating two local auto train services operating between Kidderminster and Hampton Loade, including the Great Western ‘Toplights’. Goods demonstration trains will be running on Thursday Friday, and Saturday. Eardington Halt will also be open for visits from 9am – 6pm, and will attempt to cover six decades by changing its external appearance throughout the event starting from the 1900s, then move to the 1930s (around lunchtime), followed by the wartime period, then the 1950s and finally the sixties with the Pclosure notice being posted just before they lock up. The Guild of Railway .lArtists will be holding an exhibition at Kidderminster Railway Museum, celebrating its 40th anniversary and Artist in Residence, Rob Rowland, will be at Bridgnorth Station in the Waiting Room on Platform 2. The Paddock Railway and Coalyard Miniature Railway will be in steam and the Wolverhampton Model Engineers will have a miniature railway operating at The Engine House.