LNER 60163 Tornado & LMS 6100 Royal Scot

GWR 2-6-2T 4144 returned To Didcot RAILWAY centre from the Severn Valley Railway on 1 November 2019

Peppercorn Class A1 Pacific locomotive LNER 60163 TORNADO will be in action on the Severn Valley Railway on November 9, 10, 17, and 24, 2019 after arriving recently. It was built in Darlington, County Durham, England. By the A1 Preservation Trust and was Completed in 2008, Tornado was the first such locomotive built in the United Kingdom since Evening Star, the last steam locomotive built by British Railways in 1960. It is the only example of an LNER Peppercorn Class A1 locomotive in existence, the entirety of the original production batch having been scrapped without preservation. The locomotive’s namesake is the Panavia Tornado, a combat aircraft flown by the Royal Air Force from 1979 to 2019. In April 2017, Tornado became the first steam locomotive to officially reach 100 mph in over 50 years on British tracks.

Construction of Tornado began in 1994, and was at Darlington Works for most of the project, while numerous components such as the boiler were manufactured elsewhere. The project was financed through fundraising initiatives such as public donations and sponsorship deals; further funding came from hiring out Tornado itself for special rail services. Construction was completed in 2008, and full certification of the locomotive was achieved in January 2009. Having been designed with compliance to modern safety and certification standards, Tornado has been conducting passenger services on the UK rail network and on mainline-connected heritage railways since 2008.

LMS 6100 Royal Scot is also at the Severn Valley Railway undergoing important maintenance. LMS 6100 Royal Scot Was built in 1927 by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow. It was named Royal Scot after the Royal Scots. In 1933, 6152 The King’s Dragoon Guardsman and 6100 swapped identities permanently. 6152 had been built at Derby Works in 1930. The new Royal Scot was sent to the Century of Progress Exposition of 1933 and toured Canada and the United States with a train of typical LMS carriages. She was shipped partially disassembled aboard the CanPac ship SS Beaverdale Following the tour she was given special commemorative plates that sit below her nameplates which reads

This locomotive with the Royal Scot train was exhibited at the Century of Progress Exposition Chicago 1933, and made a tour of the Dominion of Canada and the United States of America. The engine and train covered 11,194 miles over the railroads of the North American continent and was inspected by 3,021,601 people”


LMS 46100 Royal Scot
A1 60163 Tornado

6100 was bought by Billy Butlin of Butlins holiday camps after withdrawal and after cosmetic restoration into LMS crimson lake at Crewe Works, although this was the original livery received, the locomotive did not carry it after being rebuilt (only one rebuilt Royal Scot ever carried LMS crimson lake livery and that was 6170 British Legion). It was then towed from Crewe Works to Nottingham by Black 5 No. 45038 and then from Nottingham to Boston by B1 No. 61177 on 12 June 1963. it was then taken to Skegness by an Ivatt 4MT. Then it languished in the goods yard for 3 weeks before being taken by a Pickford’s low loader for the short road trip to Ingoldmells. Royal Scot arrived at Butlins on 18 July 1963 piped in by pipers from the 1st Battalion, The Royal Scots. This made 6100 one of two preserved rebuilt Royal Scots, the other being 6115 Scots Guardsman. It was set on a plinth at Skegness and was to remain there till the 1970s. On 16 March 1971 6100 departed from Skegness for the Bressingham Steam Museum and was returned to steam in 1972. It ran until 1978 when it once more became a static exhibit, it was eventually sold from Butlins to Bressingham in May 1989.

After sale to the Royal Scot Locomotive and General Trust (RSL&GT) in April 2009, chaired by enthusiast Jeremy Hosking, it was moved by road to Pete Waterman’s LNWR Heritage workshops in Crewe. On 20 March 2009, Royal Scot caught fire en route to a steam gala at the West Somerset Railway as the locomotive was being transported along the M5 Motorway when a fire started on the lorry under the loco’s leading wheels. The engine was later withdrawn from service due to a number of mechanical problems after completion from its previous restoration and it was decided to give the engine a complete overhaul to mainline standards. She performed her light and loaded test runs on Tue 22 & Wed 23 December 2015 and worked her debut railtour on Sat 6 February 2016.

Severn Valley Railway Autumn Diesel Gala

The Severn Valley Railway Autumn Diesel gala takes place from October 3 until October 6 2019 Locomotives in action will include Class 09 No. 09107, Class 09 No. D4100, Class 14 No. D9551, Class 17 No. D8568, Class 33 No. 33108, Class 37 No. 37688 Great Rocks, Class 40 No. 40106 Atlantic Conveyor, Class 42 No. D821 Greyhound, Class 50 No. 50007 Hercules, Class 50 No. 50031 Hood, Class 50 No. 50033 Glorious, Class 50 No. 50044 Exeter, Class 50 No. 50049 Defiance, Class 52 No. D1015 Western Champion and Class 52 No. D1062 Western Courier

Special Attractions during the event will include the First passenger runs for Class 09 No. 09107, double-heading with fellow Shunter No. D4100. The First public runs of No. D1015 Western Champion in British Railways blue livery, following the fitting of two overhauled engines and the First public runs of Class 50 No. 50033 Glorious in BR ‘Large Logo’ blue following its recent repaint. Glorious will be accompanied by fellow class50 Diesels Hercules, Hood, Exeter and Defiance. Some Visitors will also be given a guided tour of the award-winning Diesel Depot facility at Kidderminster, on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday giving visitors the opportunity to see behind the scenes and get up close to photograph engines that won’t be on view to the public:

The LNER A1 Pacific locomotive no 60163 “Tornado” also returns to the Severn Valley Railway on November 9th, 10th, 17th and 24th 2019 hauling two services out of Kidderminster and two services out of Bridgnorth each day. Passengers can ride behind the iconic locomotive – hauling the Railway’s appropriate LNER teak set of carriages, Passengers can then travel on any train for the rest of your day with ‘Freedom of the Line’ tickets and can also upgrade to first-class, complete with a luxury hamper of local food to enjoy en-route.

Severn Valley Railway Classic Car Day

An impressive collection of up to 150 iconic vehicles is appearing at the Severn Valley Railway classic vehicle day on 31 August From Marques such as Ford, Fiat, Jaguar, Lotus, Rolls Royce, Standard, Morgan, Jensen, Triumph, Alfa Romeo, Standard, Austin Healey Plus many others. Plimsoll the road-rail Land Rover is also on the track. Among the cars on display were:

1927 Standard Model V4 Tourer
1959 Jensen 541R
1969 Singer Chamois Sports
1969 Jaguar E-Type
Morris Minor Pick-up
Morris Minor
Morris Minor Traveller
1957 Vauxhall Victor Series 1
Bedford Aristocrat
Commercial Imp Van
Austin A40
Austin Healey Sprite
Triumph Spitfire
Morris Marina
Volkswagen Beetle
Ford Model Y
Jaguar XK150
Morgan 4/4
Ford Angelia 105e
Mg TC 10 Sport
Rolls Royce3/4 Coupe
MG magnetite
Sunbeam Talbot
Austin A55
Hillman Imp
Austin Cambridge
Lotus Cortina
Austin A35 van
Rover P6
Lotus Elite

1960 Vauxhall Velox PA
1961 Austin Seven Mini
1963 Ford Cortina Mk.1 GT
Hillman Imp
Alfa Romeo Giulietta
Mercedes SLK
CLUELY tourer
Rolls Royce 20hp
Hillman Aero Minx
11965 Land Rover Series ll
Alvis TE21
1967 Morris 1100
1968 Morris Minor Pick-Up
Austin Metropolitan
Morris Cowley
Austin Seven Box Saloon /Ruby/Pearl/opal
Triumph Mayflower
Austin Healey
Austin 8
Morris Oxford Traveller Rover 75
Ford Zephyr-Zodiac
Morris Minor Split-Screen
Morris 1000
Morris Minor 2-Door Saloon
Turner 2-Seater Open Sports
Morris Minor Traveller
Morris Minor 1000
Triumph Herald 13/60
Jaguar ‘S’ Type 3.4
Triumph Herald
MGB Roadster
Hillman Avenger Tiger
Jaguar E-Type V12
MGB Roadster
Rover P6 SC
Peugeot 304S
Hillman Imp Caledonian
Volkswagen Beetle Karmann
Rover P6 SC 3.5 Auto
TVR 3000S
Volkswagen Camper Van
Jaguar XJ-S
Ford Capri 2.8 Injection
Ford Capri ‘280’
Ford Escort XR3i
Nissan Figaro
Citroen 11B Traction Avant
Jaguar E-Type
Porsche 944SZ
1957 Standard 8 Gold
1927 Standard Model V4 Tourer
1957 Morris Minor
1929 Austin Burnham 12/4
1955 Austin-Healey
1927 Standard Model V4 Tourer

Severn Valley Railway 1940’s weekend

The Severn Valley Railway 1940’s weekend takes place on the weekends of 29/30 June and 6/7 July. This year An ambulance train will be present for the 75 Anniversary ofD-Day. Ambulance trains were A synonymous sight of the 1940s and consisted of older carriages which had their interiors removed, were fitted with beds and labelled with a Red Cross, denoting an ambulance trains. There is also a Battle of Britain Memorial Flypast on July 7th featuring the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Lancaster flying over Bridgnorth Station. A Buick M18 Hellcat 807 XXU tank will be Stationed at Kidderminster station, and GWR 7325 is also on display at Kidderminster Station. There will be many vintage vehicles on display at various stations plus there are Free vintage bus rides. Visitors to the signal box will also have the opportunity to learn how to operate traditional signals.

There will be many costumed re-enactors at the stations and on trains including black market spivs and The ‘Lumberjill’s’ will be at Bewdley providing much needed timber. A mock battle will be taking place at the Engine house in Highley which will also be open for visitors. The Big Band Show will be taking place at Kidderminster plus much more Musical entertainment including the Kalamazoo Band, Brandon Shaw and The Ronnies,  will be performed up and down the line. There are many Costumed reenactors three will be dressed as Winston Churchill, General Montgomery & King George VI plus There is also A firefighting reenactment each day, and a display of firefighting vehicles, courtesy of NFS & AFS Vehicles Group. There is also a 1940’s Rest Centre, Hairdresser, vintage clothing stalls, Air Raid Shelter, ARP Post, Railway Memorabilia and a Tobacconist. There will also be closing ceremonies on both Sundays featuring World War II Veterans.

Severn Valley Railway

The Severn Valley Railway heritage line reopened on 23 May 1970 . The Severn Valley line Railway was originally built between 1858 and 1862, and linked Hartlebury, near Droitwich Spa, with Shrewsbury, a distance of 40 miles (64 km). Important stations on the line were Stourport-on-Severn, Bewdley and Arley within Worcestershire, and Highley, Hampton Loade, Bridgnorth, Coalport, Ironbridge and Broseley, Buildwas, Cressage and Berrington in Shropshire.

Although the railway was built by the original Severn Valley Railway Company, it was operated from opening on 1 February 1862 by the West Midland Railway which was absorbed into the Great Western Railway on 1 August 1863. In 1878 the GWR opened a link line between Bewdley and Kidderminster. This meant trains could run direct from the Black Country to areas of Shropshire. Most Kidderminster to Bewdley trains continued through the Wyre Forest line (dismantled in the 1960s and now forming part of National Cycle Route 45) to Tenbury Wells or Woofferton. At Buildwas Junction (now the site of Ironbridge Power Station near what is now Telford) Severn Valley trains connected with services from Wellington to Much Wenlock and Craven Arms.

Prior to preservation, the Severn Valley line was never financially successful. Freight traffic, mostly agricultural, and coal traffic from the collieries of Alveley and Highley were the principal sources of revenue. The line was strategically useful in the Second World War as an alternative diversionary route around the West Midlands. After nationalisation in 1948, passenger traffic started to dwindle. Whilst it is generally believed that the line was closed under the Beeching cuts of the 1960s, the Severn Valley Line was, already scheduled for closure prior to the publication of Beeching’s report ‘The Reshaping of British Railways’ on 27 March 1963. British Railways had announced in January 1962 that the Severn Valley line was under review, and the B.T.C. published closure proposal notices on 1 October 1962 in advance of a meeting of the West Midlands Transport Users Consultative Committee which took place at Bridgnorth Town Hall on 8 November 1962? Objections to the proposed closure were unsuccessful and the line was closed to through passenger services on 9 September 1963 and to through freight services on 30 November 1963. Following closure, the track north of Bridgnorth was dismantled. After 1963, coal traffic survived south of Alveley until 1969, while a sparse passenger service continued to link Bewdley with Kidderminster and Hartlebury, until this too ceased in January 1970. Freight traffic between the British Sugar Corporation’s Foley Park factory and Kidderminster continued until 1982. A very small section of the original Severn Valley line continued to carry coal traffic to Ironbridge Power Station until its closure in November 2015. For much of its working life the Severn Valley line was operated by the Great Western Railway and subsequently the Western Region of British Railways.

The Severn Valley Railway Society was formed in July 1965 by a group of members who wished to preserve a section of the line which had closed in 1963. To achieve this, the Severn Valley Railway Company was incorporated in May 1967. Even at that early date, the objective of the company was to ‘preserve, retain and restore the standard-gauge railway extending from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster via Bewdley’. The SVR initially acquired 5½ miles of the line between Bridgnorth and Alveley Colliery from BR at a cost of £25,000. In May 23 1970 a Light Railway Order was granted allowing services to begin between Bridgnorth and Hampton Loade. And the Severn Valley Railway began operating as a heritage railway. The end of coal trains from the colliery in 1973 then allowed SVR to acquire a further 8½ miles of the line as far as Foley Park, the purchase price of £74,000 being raised by the floatation of a public company initially under the chairmanship of Sir Gerald Nabarro and Services were extended to Bewdley in May 1974.

Following the end of freight traffic from BSC at Foley Park in 1982, the SVR purchased the final section of the line to Kidderminster at a cost of £75,000. The SVR also rented the former Comberton Hill goods yard at Kidderminster from BR, on which a new station would be built. This was achieved in time for services to Kidderminster to begin on 30 July 1984. Major developments on the SVR since 1984 have included the commissioning of a newly constructed signal box at Kidderminster in 1987, the opening of a new boiler shop at Bridgnorth in 1990, the opening of a new carriage shed at Kidderminster in 2003, the completion of the east wing and canopy of Kidderminster Station in 2006, and the opening of the Engine House Museum at Highley in 2008. 2010 marked the Severn Valley railway’s 40th anniversary since opening in 1970 and the 175th anniversary of the formation of the Great Western Railway. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary since the birth of the Severn Valley Railway Association on 6 July 1965. Special events were staged during both years to mark these anniversaries.



Severn Valley Railway Spring Steam Gala 2019

The Severn Valley Railway Spring Steam Gala, takes place from March 15th until March 17th 2019 and features 10 steam locomotives. GWR No. 1450 was also due to work the push-pull autotrain however this will now be replaced by Pannier Tank No. 1501, which will be paired with Autocoach No. 178 and as No. 1501 is not auto-fitted, the service will no longer be push-pull. There are four visiting locomotives which will work alongside the home fleet for the gala. Visiting locomotives this year include:

  • GWR Pannier Tank No. 6430. This tank engine worked Autotrains in the South Wales Valleys from 1940 until 1954, being based at Pontypool and Newport during this time. With thanks to Llangollen Railway.
  • GWR Large Prairie No. 4144. This Large Prairie locomotive was Based at Tondu for a number of years,  and was used for hauling local passenger trains deep in South Wales. With thanks to Great Western Preservation.
  • GWR 5600 No. 5619 “Taffy Tank” This Locomotive regularly hauled Heavy coal trains before being preserved, having been based at Barry for a number of years. With thanks to Telford Horsehay Steam Trust.
  • LNWR ‘Coal Tank’ No. 1054.  This locomotive was built in 1888 and worked the last passenger train over the Merthyr & Abergavenny Railway on January 5th 1958. It was the last surviving member of its class, and was put into store at Abergavenny in the late 1950s where it was fitted with a snow plough in event of disruptive snowfalls during the winter months. It was brought out of storage to assist with the last passenger train over the Merthyr & Abergavenny Railway, on a special excursion. With thanks to the National Trust & Bahamas Locomotive Society.

Home fleet locomotives operating during the Severn Valley Railway Spring Steam Gala include:

  • GWR Saddle Tank No. 813. This locomotive was Originally built for the Port Talbot Railway & Docks Company, and was predominantly used for hauling coal trains and shunting in colliery sidings.
  • GWR Pannier Tank No. 1501. This locomotive was regularly used for hauling long rakes of empty coaching stock in and out of Paddington Station.
  • GWR heavy-freight 2-8-0 No. 2857. This Great Western frieght Locomotive ended its working life in Neath (having spent many years at other sheds in South Wales) after covering 1,276,713 miles.
  • GWR Pannier Tank 0-6-0 No. 7714. This was one of Hundreds of Pannier Tanks which were built for the Great Western Railway, with No. 7714 being based in mid-Wales until 1959 when it was sold to NCB Penallta Colliery in South Wales.
  • GWR Manor 4-6-0 No. 7802 Bradley Manor. The GWR 4-6-0 Manor locomotives are associated with the Cambrian Network, and No. 7802 Bradley Manor could often be found hauling the Cambrian Coast Express from Shrewsbury to the coast in the post-war years.
  • British Rail Standard 4 locomotive No. 75069 . This locomotive was originally built at Swindon Works. The Standard 4s could often be found operating in Wales, with No. 75069 ending up in Barry Scarpyard until it was overhauled at the Severn Valley Railway entering service again in 2019

River Walks

The Severn Valley Railway features in a new BBC1 television programme entitled, ‘River Walks’. It is presented by Actress Shobna Gulati, who is currently starring in the hit West End Musical ‘Everybody’s Talking about Jamie’, and has previously appeared in Coronation Street, Dinnerladies and Doctor Who and explores stories that are part of the stunning River Severn’s landscape.

Shobna spent 4 days filming along the footpaths alongside the Severn riverbanks between Bewdley and Bridgnorth during early November 2018 . Shobna then returns along the Severn Valley Railway from Bridgnorth to Bewdley riding on the footplate of Class 4 No. 43106. Amongst the many other highlights was sailing on Trimpley Reservoir with 85 year old Ray Drury from Stourbridge, a member of the Trimpley Sailing Club for 50 years who took Shobna out for her first ever sailing lesson. Shobna also met up with ex-miner, Trevor Jones, at the Severn Valley Country Park in Alveley, who recalled his memories of working down the Coal Mine at Alveley in the 1950s, before it was closed in 1969 and transformed into the country park

The program was made by Kidderminster based TV Production Company, GOSH! TV, for the BBC. The Creative Director and Producer, Paul Barnett, approached Shobna to present the programme, Prior to doing River Walks Paul, has also produced and directed many successful TV series for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, including Coast, Come Dine With Me and Embarrassing Bodies, and has travelled to many places including Scotland and Thailand. River Walks is broadcast on Monday 10th December at 7.30pm