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SVR gears up to host steam gala
4:50pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in Local
TRAIN enthusiasts will be staying on the right track when Severn Valley Railway hosts its Autumn Steam Gala this weekend.
The three-day event starts tomorrow with a line-up of visiting engines and a rail service running through the day and night, as well other attractions.
At the railway this year will be the Metropolitan No 1 locomotive, which was a flagship in the London Underground 150th anniversary celebrations earlier thisyear.
Ex LMS Coronation Class No 46233 Duchess of Sutherland and Ex- Southern’s Railway’s No 925 Cheltenham, will also be included.
The railway will also be bolstering its home fleet of Great Western engines with Hall class locomotive No 4936 Kinlet Hall, named after the Grade I listed building a short distance from the line.
The Metropolitan No 1 locomotive, which was tested at the SVR before the London Underground celebrations in January, will be paired with Metropolitan coach No 353 and passengers will be able to travel behind the locomotive in the authentic coach.
In operation fromthe home fleet will be residents No 7812 Erlestoke Manor, No 43106, fondly known as The Flying Pig, making an appearance at its first gala for a year and Battle of Britain locomotive No 34053, Sir Keith Park.
Talyllyn No 3 Sir Haydn will also be visiting as an additional attraction. The narrow gauge engine will be transported along the line on a Weltrol wagon for spectators to spot en route.
Clare Gibbard, SVR’s marketing manager, said: “The autumn gala is traditionally the weekend when the SVR shows off what it does best - intensive services, all night running and lots of variety.
“This year is no different and we have a number of surprises and special attractions planned. We are extremely excited about the mixofvisiting locos.”
During the event, there will also be sales stands from locomotive owning groups and the Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust, while the beer tent at Bewdley returns
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